Traveling for work can get lonely, right? So meeting someone like-minded for coffee, or being able to take in a play or art exhibit might make a difference. A few new digital services can help this happen. A few examples:
IMGuest.com: A free niche social network that matches guests at the same hotel who have similar interests. Users sign in via LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter. A quick recent check showed travelers in Phoenix, Toronto, Morocco, Hong Kong, Jacksonville, Fla., Kansas City, Mo., and Rio de Janeiro using the network.
Now: A free app for iPhone users only. This public platform crowdsources activities from Instagram, turning users into “city journalists,” who let followers see what’s happening in that city at that moment.
Valet.com: Calls itself a “collection of handpicked benefits and guidance for the discerning 21st-century creative professional” and costs, ahem, $199 a year. It offers city guides created by its own curators and designed to give travelers inside intel on shopping, nightlife, restaurants and more. It currently has only New York City, Tokyo and London guides, with plans to add more each month. Says it offers exclusive rates and benefits at 483 luxury and boutique hotels around the world, plus perks like complimentary Wi-Fi, room upgrades and spa services.