5 Must Have Apps for Your Next Road Trip
When considering your app needs for that long awaited cross country trip, most are only concerned with two things, maps and music. Those are the basic ingredients for the perfect road trip, right? A destination and the right mix of tunes to get you there.
While your Spotify, Pandora, and Google Maps have those needs covered, there remains a wide variety of apps that can take your trip to the next level, or save you in a pinch. With so many useful and innovative apps to choose from, it’s hard to narrow down the list of contenders. However, you can’t go wrong with these five must have apps.
Sure, fast food and chain restaurants span the nation (and the globe). But don’t you want to try some unique grub that you can’t get at home?
TVFoodMaps is the perfect app for finding one of a kind and highly recommended eateries. Remember those meals you drooled over while watching Food Network or Travel Channel? That’s right, TVFoodMaps guides you to those restaurants. Whether you’re seeking a drive-in, a diner, or a dive, TVFoodMaps has you covered.
2) Roadside America
Capitols, national forests, classic destinations, they’re all great even if a little predictable. Want to plan an out of the ordinary road trip? Invest in Roadside America. For just $3 per region (or $6 for the entire United States) you can find one-of-a-kind destinations. You can find interesting attractions nearby, search for the oddest sites in the U.S., or investigate by category to find the brand of weird that tickles your fancy.
3) Hotel Tonight
Road trips and adventures don’t always go as planned. Thankfully, with Hotel Tonight there’s no need to panic when things run amuck. Car trouble? Layover? Traffic jam? Lost? No matter what crisis has you scrambling for new lodgings, Hotel Tonight has you covered. The app helps panicked travelers find lodgings at great rates, and provides 24/7 customer service.
Although Hotel Tonight is available for Android, Windows, and iOS, the iOS version is only compatible with 7.0. No need to make that a deal breaker. Sites like The Whiz Cells pay top dollar (including shipping) for your used tech, making it easy to trade up so you can have the latest tech.
Don’t be surprised by gas prices again. FuelMyRoute was created to help travelers find the best prices and locations to refuel. If you have a set time table and pre-determined destinations, FuelMyRoute will help you find the best places to stop along your route. If your trip is an open ended, unplanned adventure, consider making a route that jumps from low price to low price. (And then using Roadside America to find interesting attractions nearby.)
5) The Converted
Will you be crossing the border into Canada or Mexico? Does your road trip require a plane ride to a different country prior to getting in a car and hitting the open road? The Converted is designed to meet your conversion needs. Whether it’s currency, measurements, or temperature, The Converted has you covered for a mere $2.99. Sleek and easy to use, you don’t even need a starting unit. Simply use the app’s slider bar instead.
What apps do you find indispensable when traveling on a road trip?
Ali Lawrence is a Harrisburg-based writer and entrepreneur specializing in communication and health. She works as a content specialist for WebpageFX and blogs in her free time at MarCom Land.