Traveling isn't always affordable for everyone, though. But the good news is that there are a lot of great deals out there, and the awesome website GetGoing has a lot of them.
Swizzle features a free service, known as the Swizzle Sweeper, that cleans out your inbox by allowing you to unsubscribe from unwanted emails in just a few easy steps, and also combines all the daily emails you actually want to look at into one concise, easy-to-read digest (called The Daily Swizzle).
Apartment List pulls apartment listings from hundreds of different websites and puts them all in one place. Start out by typing in the city you're looking for a place in and Apartment List will show you a Google Map with all the apartments in that city.
Animated GIFs – you know, those funny or cool little animated images of short clips from TV shows, movies, etc. – are everywhere these days. But where can you find all of them in one place? Giphy.
Hungry right now? Use Roaming Hunger's map feature to find the nearest food truck near you. You can narrow the search by what type of food you're looking for (sweet, savory, vegetarian), or sort by the most-liked trucks in town.
Just enter in what time you have to wake up in the morning, and Sleepyti.me will calculate the best times for you to fall asleep in order to ensure you get the most restful night's sleep possible.
May 22, 2013
My favorite new web discovery, BodBot, makes keeping in shape easy – and free – by developing personalized workout plans for anyone, no matter what your starting fitness level is.
May 15, 2013
What I wouldn't give to be able to satisfy my cravings, no matter where I am. That's why I was so excited when I discovered Goldbely, a website that curates the best local foods in the country and ships them right to your door.
May 8, 2013
I hate it when I'm trying to show someone something I came across online a few days ago, but I don't have my computer with me and can't remember the website. Or just as bad, when I am on my computer but didn't think to pin, bookmark, email or save the site.
To get started using Ditto, all you'll need is a webcam (built-in or external) and a standard credit card sized card to use as a measurement tool. Answer a few questions to help Ditto determine your face shape and what you're looking for.
Choose your jam by completing a quick registration then searching the site for that one song you just can't get enough of right now. This Is My Jam then pulls the cover art for the song, and you can customize the background and a caption if you'd like.
It's true that listening to music can make any situation better. But creating playlists can take time (and I tend to get sick of hearing the same songs in the same order, over and over again), and relying on an online radio (like Pandora or Spotify) means you have little control over what plays.
After you type in your symptoms, the site then runs them through its database, which uses actual patient records to diagnose your ailment.
I'm usually in a pretty big rush in the mornings, so while I'd love to be able to sit down and watch 10 minutes of news or check headlines online, I don't usually have time to do so. So when I heard about the launch of Winston, a neat app that narrates the day's top stories to you, I knew I had to try it.
It's a lot easier to stay on top of your goals when you keep track of your progress. Instead of getting discouraged when you don't feel like you've made any visible progress towards your goals, seeing improvement will help motivate you to keep working at them.
I hate it when I'm flipping through a magazine or browsing the web and I come across a fabulous dress or amazing pair of shoes that I just HAVE TO HAVE RIGHT NOW, but I can't find any information about the brand or where I can get them. The obsessive-compulsive shopper in me can get a little out of control trying to find them...
Like any college student (or anyone of our generation living in the digital age), I have a ton of music in my iTunes library – and I'm always adding more. I love finding new music from artists I've only recently discovered as well as those I've listened to for years, and the super-awesome website Beathound helps make that a whole lot easier.
Rezhound was created on the idea that restaurant reservations actually open up fairly often, and uses other people's changing plans to your advantage.
Choose what you're in the mood to eat for the week (i.e., chicken, beef, fish, etc.), and Food on the Table will them recommend a personalized weekly meal plan, full of easy recipes that fit your tastes and that include on-sale items.
You may have heard that a lot of employers will check the Facebook profiles of potential candidates. Now that many of you are getting ready to enter the professional world with internships or entry-level jobs, now is probably a great time to start cleaning your Facebook page of anything you wouldn't want them to see.
Sometimes, it's hard to make decisions and it's nice to get a second (or third, or twelfth) opinion. The problem is you can't always trust your friends' answers to be 100% truthful, especially when they're worried about your feelings or making you angry (case in point: the age-old "does this make me look fat?" question – there is no right answer to that one).
We're all used to being bombarded with random thoughts all day long, such as motivational quotes, daily reminders, and more. I'm always getting ideas for things I want to buy, ideas for the book I want to write, and more, so I usually scribble it down in a notebook before I forget about it.
Just enter in what kind of workout you're looking for (full body, arms, core, etc.), your main fitness goal (fat loss, muscle gain, etc.), whether you're working out at home or at the gym, and how much time you have, and GAIN Fitness creates a custom workout for you.
One way I like to stay on top of my resolutions is by making a list to remind me of my goals and track of my progress. While the basic handwritten list works just fine, a virtual version, such as Astrid, provides useful benefits that make it a better choice over the usual pen-and-paper kind.
Start a Resolution helps you keep that resolution by keeping you accountable. The person who signs up right before you do is assigned as your "coach." Your coach is in charge of motivating you, checking in on your progress, etc. via comments on the site.
Well, the holiday season is pretty much over -- gift shopping is done, presents have been opened and holiday meals have been eaten. It's during this time of year that it's most important to give back to those less fortunate. There are many ways to do this, from donating money or time to a favorite charity, but it can be easier than you think!
Unfortunately, I'm still not quite done with my shopping, and those that are left on my list are the ones I have no idea what to get them, since I always want to get something unique or unexpected. But my new discovery, ThisIsWhyImBroke, helps with that problem!
No matter how busy your life is, however, you'll still have time for the news when you use Summly, an app that breaks news articles down into concise, easy-to-read summaries you can read on your smart phone.
The Useless Web is, as its name implies, a compilation of useless sites all over the web. When you visit the site, you'll see it's made up of only a few words: "Take me to a useless website please."
Simply sign up for a [free!] account with Shopilly, which comes with your own personal @shopilly.com email address, and use that email address to sign up for accounts or mailing lists of the stores you shop at.
Matcha gives accurate, personalized recommendations from over 200,000 movie and TV titles available for streaming on sites such as Netflix, iTunes, HBO GO, Hulu, Amazon Prime and more.
Whether you like to get up early in the morning the day after Thanksgiving to score the doorbuster sales at your favorite shops or you'd rather surf the web for the best deals, it's hard to beat the prices you find on Black Friday.
BugMeNot allows its users to share login information, so there's no need to sign up for a new account.
It's so easy to be influenced by friends' and family members' beliefs, as well as what you see in debates or on TV commercials. But how can you be sure you're making an unbiased decision?
Drinkify tells you exactly what you should be drinking while listening to a specific music artist. Just type in any musical artist or band, and Drinkify will tell you the perfect beverage to accompany your music choices.
I stop working out for one reason or another -- whether it's because I wasn't able to fit it in my schedule or I got too lazy and/or frustrated with the lack of tangible results as quickly as I hoped.