Information on the Internet is good for lots of things. I've found my way to numerous local addresses, gotten phone numbers, made dinner reservations, verified spellings--a whole raft of things. But I didn't have nearly as deep an appreciation for the possibilities until I started writing fiction that took my characters to locations I'd never visited.
They say, "write what you know" but what to do when a character insists that he has to go Ojai in search of a witch or that she has to go to Farmington, New Mexico, to meet a cowboy. I've learned to do what my characters ask and sort it all out later, and the Internet makes that possible.
In my first novel, Jake found out that a member of a Wiccan community who lived in Ojai could help him find the woman who had bewitched him (literally). So I visited the Ojai Chamber of Commerce, found Jake a motel that would take him and his cat Sadie, a place for him to go and meditate early in the morning, and an apartment on Craig's List for the fellow who had the information. I had visual images of all these places and so while I couldn't describe the feeling of the place, I could certainly describe the scenes.
In the second novel I'm writing now, Friday I sorted out the best route for Ellie to take from Farmington to Chama, found her a curious place to stay, named the highways out of town, even told her what to order off a menu in a local restaurant and where to while away an hour or two (gave her a choice of public library or little galleries).
In the middle of the 19th century, travel books and fiction set in exotic places were very popular: they were called "armchair" literature and the writers visited those places and then described them for the reader. The Internet allows me to be an mouse-click writer and have a much broader world for my characters to venture out into.