The beginning of the year is the perfect time to chart your course forward and reflect on the previous year’s journey. For some of you, this marks a new year in Los Angeles with new opportunities and challenges, while others are getting prepared for their big move to LA.
We’ve compiled a list of 6 things to get 2014 started off the right way and most importantly make your life easier in the city of Angels.
Waze is the most potent weapon to fight the onslaught of LA traffic. Period.
Waze is a free app that helps users avoid traffic and gives verbal directions like a typical navigation device. But here’s what’s separates Waze from the typical run of the mill GPS system or app. Users have the ability to report traffic jams and accidents to the app, which in turn helps it to automatically re-route you to a faster path.
Big Blue Bus
If you live on the Westside of Los Angeles, you’re in luck…
Compared to other Los Angeles bus systems, the Big Blue Bus is a cleaner, more pleasant transit experience.
For $1 you can hop on the Big Blue to go grab dinner or a drink in the Marina, Venice, or Santa Monica. You can hit the ocean with a short walk from one of its stops. And if you really need to, you can take it to hop out of LA, either by taking it to LAX or to the green line outbound to Long Beach eventually on the blue.
So why should you ride the Big Blue Bus? Drink without driving. Save money on gas, and save headaches on parking in some of LA’s worst neighborhoods to park in. Get rides to and from LAX without having to ask your friend for a pick up or drop off at that awkward time.
Hungry in LA? The GrubHub app can help.
GrubHub is also a free app that shows a list of restaurants that deliver to an address based on your location. You are able to search by cuisine, restaurant name or specific item. Once you have determined what you want, you can place your order through the website or over the phone. Each order is tracked and monitored by a customer service team.
Fiverr is a site that offers a variety of services by freelancers that start at $5 per task.
If you’re looking for a job in LA and you need help crafting the perfect resume then Fiverr is your place. For only 5 bucks you can have someone help you whip that resume into shape and land that dream job.
Or if you expect to be at multiple networking events and social gatherings in 2014 Fiverr can help with your business card design needs for only $5 as well.
No car? No problem!
Public transit has long been an area where LA has fallen short, but have no worries, Uber has established itself as the answer to LA’s less than stellar transportation options.
Uber is a mobile app that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services
If you’re living in LA with without a car, be sure to check out Uber.
P.S. Don’t forget to try out Lyft as well. It’s like Uber’s little brother…
Although it may seem counterintuitive, it can be extremely hard to find love or even a simple date in Los Angeles. But thanks to Tinder, you can skip the bars, gyms or extracurricular activities to find a date.
Tinder shows you guys or gals (depending on your settings) within a certain radius, one photo at a time, and you swipe left (moving on) or right (approval) before it shows you the next potential partner. If you and someone else separately approve one another, “it’s a match” on Tinder, and the app lets you chat.