Buckle up friends, this app is a great one to have on hand when trying to navigate just about anywhere! Not only does it correctly navigate you to your destination, it will also reroute you when there is upcoming traffic. The community of users actively alert other drivers of any real-time traffic to help enhance your trip. This could include accidents, road hazards, speed traps, or delays.
Don't ever pay outrageous prices for gas again... but really, don't. GasBuddy helps you locate the most reasonable rates out there so that you can save a buck or two on your trip. You can also earn points that go into a drawing for a free gas card! Bingo, bango, bongo!
I'm a big baby when it comes to public restrooms mainly because of sanitary reasons so when Charmin came out with this genius app, I was completely on board! The green toilet rolls are good ones, while the red toilet rolls are less than stellar experiences. You can also rate your own personal experiences as well to help your fellow SitOrSquatters!
If you ever end up roadside with a mechanical issue, this app will connect you to local mechanics that can assist with any repairs. You are also able to get roadside assistance and track the progress from the app as well!
This is gold when it comes to making quick pitstops on the turnpike and finding decent deals for housing accommodations. It lets you know about upcoming exits and the business's located at and around them.
This app is geared towards AAA members who want to take more advantage of the benefits that they offer. Not only are they great for roadside assistance, they also cater to trip planning when it comes to getting hotel and restaurant discounts.
If finding fun and interesting landmarks are on you itinerary, this app could prove to be very useful. Over millions of interesting and fun points of interest are mapped out and made available to you to navigate to easily. You are also able to save past trips so that you are able to visit again!
This app was designed for all of the history buffs out there! Learn about the history of whatever area you are in and visit historical places at a touch of a button! They are constantly adding new POI to the app as well! It's like National Treasure just without the treasure.
I remember geocaching back in the day with coordinates and a Garmin! These days, geocaching is made so much easier with a plethora of different apps. One of my favorite and most user friendly is the Geocaching Intro. It will populate all of the nearby geocache's as well as it's details and recent activity. You are also able to message other players for tips, hints, difficulty and terrain levels!
Parks and other activities are at you fingerprints with the Oh, Ranger app! Put in your location, select your desired activity and browse through the carefully curated list of activities and parks available. If you're traveling with a pet and want to find the closets dog run, or are in desperate need of a round of golf, this will link you to them all.
Yelp features such honest reviews from whomever took the time to praise or express their concerns about a company that you may be interested in visiting. Personally, I do end up referencing to them before we try a new restaurant to see what kind of atmosphere and experience we should expect.
This app is genius when it comes to staying more organized during your travels. Shoeboxed lets you scan in any receipt, and they'll extract the vendor information, amount and date, as well as categorize the receipts accordingly. If you will need to provide an expense report for your travels, that can be created with the original receipt photos as well!
I was introduced to this app by a family member when we were making a long trek cross country and needed a place to rest overnight. Essentially, you are able to buy an unsold room for a very reasonable price. For the most part, they are quality hotels with great customer service! Last time we ended up booking at a Hilton last minute for a steal of a deal with free breakfast vouchers. Heck to the Yea!
There are so many versions to this age old game, so I wouldn't just stick to one app, however FindPlate is a technological spin on the infamous car ride game of locating license plates from all fifty states! Android doesn't carry this exact version, but I've linked a similar one above.
When in doubt, Netflix it out. Watching movies or TV is one of the quickest way to pass any type of travel time. That is why it is so important to make sure you have the Netflix app downloaded on your phone or iPad during your travels. It will definitely eat up A LOT of you data so make sure you have any unlimited plan or are connected to wifi network somehow. If you don't want to use Netflix, you can always pre-download movie or shows from iTunes onto your device and watch them later!
I used to be very loyal to iTunes however I've been reaching out to Spotify lately after Apple's most recent update. iTunes has made it much more difficult to navigate and organize your music and it's makes finding a song quite a project. Que, Spotify. It's perfect for traveling, you can create a playlist just like that and add a song so quickly!
Postagram is such a win in my book. All you do is simply take a good shot and turn it into your own personalized post card. You can have them delivered by mail for only $0.99 in the US! That's a great deal these days considering the price of a stamp and a postcard! This is honestly such a genius idea for the creative heart. Also, in addition to the personalized note that you can send with it, the 3" x 3" photo can also pop out of the postcard so that it can be kept forever!
Unfortunately, this app is only available for Apple users, however it's a really fun way to track the landmarks and important stops by state! Pick the state you're interested in, upload a fun picture to fit the frame, resize it, and save it to your drive or upload it to social media! I'm working on putting together a collage of every single state that we have visited and piecing them together, similar to this.
I probably should have listed this one first, but this packing app is perfect for planning out what you need to pack for a trip based upon the activities that you will be doing as well as the upcoming weather! You are then able to check off when an item is packed. This is perfect for packing for a trip, and making sure you pack everything back up on your way home.You will never forget to pack anything again!
Now I must know what your favorite and most useful travel apps are!!