It’s summer time, which means many people are going to be taking vacations and going on road trips. Luckily there are plenty of apps for that occasion. Going on a road trip is fun, especially when your with your friends or family. Today, we’re going to look at a few apps that will help make that road trip even more fun.
Not so much for road trips, but for just traveling in general, TripIt is a must have app. You can use the app to scan your inbox and find your itinerary. Whether it be a flight confirmation, a hotel reservation or a car rental reservation. What TripIt does well is brings all that info into one place for you. Making it much easier to find the info when you need it.
Google Play Music
Because you need your tunes, right? A Pro Tip for Google Play Music is to download your playlists before heading out on your trip. As you could lose signal, and having the music downloaded means you can still listen to it. With Google’s new ad-supported stations, it’s a great source for music on a road trip.
One of Google’s more interesting apps, it’s perfect for a family road trip. With Field Trip, the app will point out to you different photo spots, as well as historical places on your route. It’s definitely a must-have app for anyone traveling this summer.
One of my favorite apps, whether it be on a road trip or not, is GasBuddy. With GasBuddy you can find cheaper gas in your area. Which is always important with gas prices they way they are right now. They also give away prizes each week to those that report the most gas prices, which is a great way to keep the prices up to date.
Good ol’ trusty, Google Maps. This should already be pre-installed on your device, as part of Google certification. But if for some reason they are not, you can grab them from the Play Store. Google Maps has some great features like turn-by-turn navigation as well as traffic. So you can see where you might be delayed. As well as accidents and construction, thanks to the Waze acquisition.
You’re going to take photos on your trip, so why not back them up with Google Photos? With Google’s new update for Photos, it makes the app very nice to have for road trips. As you can search back later on for things like “trip to Chicago” or something similar and find all your pictures.
Been driving all day? Want a place to catch a few hours of sleep? Hotel Tonight has your back. Their app can quickly find you a hotel nearby at a great price. Because it’s last minute, you’re getting the best deals. Since hotels would rather sell you a room at a cheap price than not have anyone in that room for the night.
Don’t like or use Google Play Music? Another popular music-streaming service is Spotify. I actually use them on all my devices and absolutely love Spotify. You can also download music for offline listening with Spotify, similar to Google Play Music. And there is a free option here as well as a premium which is $9.99/month.
You may not think about the Google app much for a road trip, but with Google Now, there are some really cool features. For example, if you’re driving to Canada or another country, Google Now will pull up a card showing you the currency rate. If you’re in another time-zone it’ll show a card with the time back home, which are both super useful.
Need a hotel for the night? Hotwire is also there to help. You can quickly find a hotel to make a reservation for, and often times get a better deal than if you just walked into a nearby hotel and asked for a room. It’s a pretty sweet app and works for car rentals and flights as well.