Get Local Information about a City When Planning Your Next Trip

Last Updated Oct 8, 2009 11:39 PM EDT

Packing for a trip to Newark, New Jersey? Well then, one thing's for sure: You're not Conan O'Brien:

But no matter who you are, you might want to know the weather to help you pack. There's a million ways to get that kind of information these days, but I'm currently geeking out over a cool site that is custom made for business travelers and vacationers headed off to a new city:


Go to localti.me and enter a city -- you'll be rewarded with a page that's packed with so much information it seems like the site is stalking your destination.


The top of the page displays the local time and date, along with a three-day weather forecast -- just the sort of thing you need to plan a trip. But it's also got an interactive map (courtesy of Bing). Scroll down the page, and you'll find encyclopedia information about the city from Wikipedia, local news headlines, and other stuff, including photo from Flickr and other sources.

The icing on the cake: A currency converter and even an electrical outlet reference, complete with pictures of the kind of sockets used there. The site even tells you which side of the road to drive on when you get there.

Not all that critical if you live in Pittsburgh and you're headed to Newark, but a life-saver if you're going to Europe or Asia.

This site would have come in handy when I went to Grand Cayman and discovered upon my arrival that, like the Brits, they drive on the wrong side of the road there.