The internet is chock full of distractive memes and social media black holes that suck us in and, before we know it, kill the little time we have in each day. But it's also full of learning content — content that proves to be quite productive to read. We spend a lot of our time with our noses in screens, so we might as well master some skills or learn a little bit about something new while we're at it.
To save you time and your sanity from scouring the internet for legitimately helpful resources, here's a curated list of informational blogs, tools, community platforms and online courses that'll teach you something every day.
Atlas Obscura is a definitive guidebook that catalogs the world's most wondrous, obscure places. It boasts travel tips, articles and strange facts for those who've a keen curiosity about the world around them. You can learn something about places to which you've never been and people with whom you've never engaged from your living room — and be inspired to go see these destinations for yourself some day.
Calm teaches visitors to reduce anxiety, sleep better and, ultimately, feel happier. Visitors can take an array of meditation classes from the Relationship with Self series, to the Emotions series to the Breaking Habits series, and learn something about themselves each day.
HowStuffWorks is an online blog that unpacks thousands of topics, from engines to lock picking, with videos and illustrations so visitors can learn exactly how stuff works. How are secured claims treated in bankruptcy? Is red wine really good for you? How does one get on a game show? Find out.
Rype is both a website and an app through which users can learn Spanish, English, French, German, Mandarin and more via handpicked professional language teachers around the world. You can book daily one-on-one lessons with teachers from anywhere in the world, and you can even book with multiple teachers to find out which one works best for you. You'll get seven days of private language lessons for $1 if you want to give it a try first; after, you'll be charged a weekly fee.
Take online classes in photography, graphic design, DIY crafts, marketing, business and entrepreneurship anytime, anywhere. CreativeLive broadcasts more than 1,500 live classes taught by more than 650 experts to an international audience of more than 10 million from its dual headquarters in Seattle and San Francisco, where the company has four in-house production studios.
6. Ted Talks
Visit Ted Talks for influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, with subtitles in more than 100 languages. Learn about solar energy, AI robots, the refugee crisis and more.
Whether you're a developer, someone building a blog or anyone looking to build their résumé with technical skills as the tech is evermore demanding in the workplace, you can come to Codeacademy to learn to code — for free. There are more than 45 million people around the world using this platform already.
Find endless tutorials and inspiration for quilting, knitting, baking, sewing, cooking, designing and more on Craftsy. You can find free online classes on how to operate a sewing machine to how to perfect a pizza at home, as well as free patterns and kits and tools available for purchase.
If you love to cook but need some guidance in the kitchen, head over to Yummly. It customizes your experience to your personal tastes by learning what you like, your nutritional needs, your skill level and more. It also shares season, popular and easy recipes if you're looking to spice things up.
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AnnaMarie Houlis is a multimedia journalist and an adventure aficionado with a keen cultural curiosity and an affinity for solo travel. She's an editor by day and a travel blogger at HerReport.org by night.