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Foursquare listing for Eataly NYCAs guidebooks slowly go extinct with the rest of print media, travelers are turning to guidebook apps and TripAdvisor. But we’re left wanting.

Guidebook apps are just reformatted text. They don’t use your smartphone’s features to do anything novel. Most are memory-intensive so you have to download the guides before leaving.

If you will have a data plan or WiFi access, I have a much better solution for your “What should I see/eat/do?” questions. My favorite app for exploring a new city isn’t even a travel app. It’s Foursquare.

If you aren’t familiar with Foursquare, you may have heard the associated jargon: check-ins, mayors, badges. You can safely ignore these buzzwords.

Foursquare began as an app for checking into locations and seeing where your friends had checked in. Nothing to do on a Friday night? See who’s at what bar. Having a great time at a neighborhood festival? Check in there and tell your friends to join you.

As a private person who isn’t much for stalking, I had little interest in this early version of Foursquare. As Foursquare has grown and gathered more data, it has become a great source of recommendations.

Looking for a restaurant around noon? Foursquare will show you the best spots for lunch. Found a pastry shop to try but can’t decide what to get? Read the tips left by fellow users to see what’s popular.

This article details how to use Foursquare to find places to eat, drink, shop, and sightsee in a new city.

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I’ve only had one enjoyable experience on a long-haul flight.

For a 14-hour flight from San Francisco to Sydney, I booked a business class seat because my employer was paying. When I showed up, I was randomly bumped up to First Class.

Qantas’s first class seats fully reclined into a sleep pod. I quickly fell asleep on the late night flight, woke up, ate, watched a movie, and landed. Easy. But not typical for long flights.

I’ve also flown 20+ hours from San Francisco to Hyderabad via Dubai. Flying that far in economy was a totally different experience, even on Emirates, a very good airline.

Long-haul flights are a brutal test of endurance. You really have to love to travel to endure them. How do you survive them without going crazy? With proper preparation.

Below, I’ve outlined the tools that I use to survive long, international flights. Add your recommendations in the comments.

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Not every trip is as simple as Point A to Point B on two exact dates. Sometimes your plans are wide open. Sometimes you have a complex itinerary and need help not overpaying for every leg of your trip.

At times like these, Priceline, Kayak, and Hipmunk aren’t much help.

Let’s take a look at three more tools to add to your arsenal. If you’re familiar with the paradox of choice, you know that more options aren’t necessarily more helpful. More options can make the choice harder. That’s why this list is so short. For each site, I’ll also outline when and why to use each site.

For When You’re Flexible: Adioso

How many times have you said something like, “Let’s go to South America this winter!”

If you love to travel, you probably just want to go. The destination isn’t important. Going somewhere is.

Try Adioso, which lets you search by natural language instead of by checking options. You don’t need an exact destination or dates to find flights on Adioso.

To mimic the example above, I searched for “SFO to South America in December.” Adioso showed me results for a range of destinations from Panama City, Panama ($241) to Santiago, Chile ($1,175) all on one screen.

$346 one way to Bogota? Not bad!

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