Guidebooks are so last century... and looking up from your iPhone was never in style to begin with.
Before your next trip, add seven types of accounts to your Twitter feed for a more seamless travel experience (and maybe a seat at the no-reservations steakhouse).The tourism board Skim their posts to get a general lay of the land in your destination, learn what's on tap for the weekend, and maybe even score some local freebies.
Your airline They'll post about cancellations and re-routes, and they can even tweet you out of a pickle.
@danielledemaio_ Congrats! You win Special Access Passes for tonight's Bash on Broadway! Come pick them up at the Merch Booth on 2nd Ave!
— Nashville Tennessee (@visitmusiccity) January 1, 2014
Your airport ...to cross-reference any delays you find on your airline's feed.
Due to icing, all runways at JFK are currently closed. Check your flight status before leaving for the airport. http://t.co/peCkAdwWGE
— JetBlue Airways (@JetBlue) January 5, 2014
Public transport Follow the local subway or bus you'll be using for real-time service updates.
Low visibility causing some delays. Airlines canceled more than 100 flights. Check airlines' Web site for flight status.
— O'Hare Intl. Airport (@fly2ohare) January 10, 2014
The restaurant you've got your eye on Lots of them post deliciously graphic pictures of their specials. And if all attempts at snagging a reservation fail, it never hurts to ask via tweet.
— NYCT Subway Service (@NYCTSubwayScoop) January 10, 2014
The local "free things" page Because "free" is a tourist's favorite word.
— myers and chang (@myersandchang) January 5, 2014
Weather Most weather accounts tweet the temperature, like, every 30 minutes, so you'll get more accurate forecasts than you would on your weather app.
— Free Fun L.A. (@FreeFunLA) September 27, 2013
Current: Partly Cloudy and 71 F at Camp Mabry / Austin City, TX #TxWeather
— Austin Weather (@AustinWeather) January 10, 2014