Monday, May 19, 2008

Texas Loves Travel: Tripwolf Invites & Vayama

I'm in love with a new site:





It's an awesome little travel site meets social networking site. It's Lonely Planet meets Facebook, and I am loving it. On the site, you can create a page, make lists of your favorite places, best and worst travel experiences, etc. You can also make recommendations to other readers, network and coordinate travel, check out trip reviews, and even keep an interactive map/journal of your own experiences!
Best of all? It's free. Love it.

Leave me a note in the comments if you want an invite!


Also...






The best site I've found so far for international travel search. Like Kayak, it searches multiple carriers' websites at once, so you really can find some fantastic deals. I use it whenever I buy flights to get my second opinion.


My first opinion, however, still comes from:







Kayak is the best travel search website that I've found so far. It reliably provides low prices, it searches multiple carriers, and it's fast and simple, requiring only one browser window to open (I'm looking at you, Booking Buddy). I love it. Check it out!

Alright, you lazy sonsofguns - get out there and do something! Go somewhere! Be somebody!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

You Need Retail Therapy

So being broke makes Texas want to shop. Sick, right? Well, in vain hope that my little dance around the internet will make it rain, I am presenting to you Texas' top 5 shopping sites. They are, in order:

1)






Uncrate is the coolest little mens' shopping guide since Esquire got pages. It lists cool stuff by category, gives price in the lower left corner, and always finds the hottest before it's hot. I like to shop here for watches and cool tools. However, if you're more interested in engaging your feminine side...



2)






Outblush is the sister site of Uncrate, and although the more enlightened women among us will find it a little difficult to swallow (women don't even have a category for watches, let alone tools (although "gadgets" is offered), it's overall a cool site, designed in the same style as its masculine counterpart.



3)






I know I've already posted about ThisNext, but that's how much I love it - I'm telling you again. This is a really cool site, where people can join, make lists of their favorite things, mark them by level of necessity, and then aggregate those recommendations with other people's to make lists about what the Next Cool Thing is. I love it, I'm addicted to it, and I check it religiously before I buy. (There are some great watch recommendations on there!)



4)




If you don't know Overstock by now, you should. It's like an outlet version of Amazon.com, with everything on sale from 15% - 92% off. After I check ThisNext to help me decide what I'm going to buy, I go and look for it here. Check out the watches section (can you see I've got a theme?) for some awesome deals on amazing stuff.



5)




A new discovery by me, NOTCOT is a nifty little site that's very similar in some respects to Uncrate/Outblush, but is more fashion-general and offers less in the way of guidance about actual purchases. It's visually well-designed, although not always the easiest to use.


Well, kids, you've got a little of the daily roundup of random cool shit about shopping. Hope this helps you in your life quest to buy a Dolce bag/order flowers online/save $100 grand for your children/buy a giraffe. Laters!