In 2022, the internet is the land of opportunity. Whether you use it to get your fill of the news, stay in touch with friends, or try your hand at TikTok’s latest craze recipe, it seems like there’s nothing that can’t be done by jumping online.
But beyond the obvious apps and websites, there are plenty of hidden gems concealed among the click-bait ads. If you’re after some useful new sites that you never knew you needed until now, look no further — these are the top five resources that we think everyone should have in their bookmarks bar.
Wine Pairing Wheel
After a long day at work, there’s nothing more relaxing than a glass of wine. Or the entire bottle, depending on how many clients calls you’ve had that day. But with the millions of varieties on the market, the art of effective wine pairing to bring out the flavors of your meal has been lost. What can you do about that?
The truth is, you don’t need to be a master sommelier to impress your party guests. Instead, try out the wine pairing wheel by Pasta Evangelists. It’s a simple tool and a pretty intuitive one at that — simply plug in the flavor profile of your dish, select the key ingredient that you want to accentuate, and let the experts recommend the perfect bottle to wash it all down with.
Graphic design isn’t everybody’s passion. But if you’re in the world of marketing or web development, or you’ve just been tasked by your head of department to make a poster for the school bake sale, you’ll occasionally need some design know-how to help you do your job. Thankfully, Pixabay makes that easy.
The website hosts millions of royalty-free image files that you can download at the click of a button. This way, you can quickly knock up speedy designs to illustrate your concept without needing to photograph anything yourself or make original art. You’ll find unique imagery of everyday objects, scenes, and logos on the platform — and what’s more, they’re high-quality and completely free to use.
Employment contracts, rental agreements, flight tickets — all of the important documents that we deal with daily now come in digital PDF form. Gone are the days of office document folders — they don’t meet privacy requirements and you can never find anything in them anyway. But the issue with digital documentation is that you can no longer just whip out a pen to sign on the dotted line. So what’s the solution?
DocFly is an online PDF editor that lets you do just that from your internet browser. Simply drag and drop your important files into the secure web app and you’ll be able to fill in text, sign, and tweak up to three documents per month for free. You can convert between file types, compress them for email, and avoid annual subscriptions that will eat into your budget.
ScribbleMaps is a simple service that does just what it says on the tin. You can draw, edit and mark satellite maps just as you would a physical one. Remember those? And while there are plenty of popular map tools on the market already, the difference with ScribbleMaps is that the platform is fully customizable.
So, you can embed your images and data all for free and then share them online with friends, family, and coworkers. ScribbleMaps is marketed towards both casual users and those working in fields like real estate and engineering. This means you can put on your builder’s hat and design custom-made maps to plot out where a new housing development will go, or simply work together to plan out the quickest route for an everyday activity like carpooling.
On the topic of sharing rides, we all know that group journeys to work, weddings and family reunions can unfortunately result in some of those awkward social situations that you wish had a simple workaround. Nobody wants to ask for gas money, but if you’re the designated driver, you might be racking up significant costs from offering lifts. In situations like these, a little searching around online can produce the kind of tool that you never knew you needed until now. Enter Fuelly.
Fuelly tracks your car’s mileage and fuel consumption to calculate the actual cost of each of your journeys. From this, you can analyze the data, trim your expenses and even share the details with your friends and family. No more awkward conversations over a dollar’s worth of travel — simply sign in to Fuelly to see how much you’re spending on the road.
And just like that, your life has improved. The internet boasts a wealth of simple tools that get forgotten about just because there are so many to choose from — but if you add these five handy sites to your bookmarks bar, you’ll never miss out again.