While packing up for essentials for your road trip, don’t forget to load up your phone with useful apps as well. Before hitting the road, download these apps to make your journey as for a smooth and efficient as possible.
- Google Maps
This one is an oldie, but a goodie. Aside from being totally free, Google Maps is easy to use and provides turn-by-turn navigation to ensure you won’t fall into those mini heart attack “which lane to take?!” moments. The app also works for public transport and bike routes when you don’t feel like taking your car and spend loads on gas.
If you think Foursquare is nothing but just showing off where you’re at by checking-in to places, think again! Enter in the search box what you’re looking for (you can be as specific as you want), and the app will show you what’s nearby. If you have no idea what you want—or just too lazy to come up with one—Foursquare offers suggestions like “authentic local restaurants” and “nearby vegetarian food”.
This app shows a list of upcoming exits and rest areas, with icons showing available services, including everything from food, lodging, and gas to camping areas and big retail stores. If you’re looking for a specific service, you can filter the list by simply searching by amenity—such as “pet-friendly” or “open 24 hours”.
When driving long distances, every cent you can save from filling up your gas tank counts. GasBuddy lets you search for best gas prices near your location. You can check out nearby gas stations and view prices for regular, premium, midgrade, and diesel. You can also see how long since the prices of each gas station was updated.
A road trip isn’t complete without good music. And whether you love it or hate it, you have to admit that Spotify’s premium feature to save tracks to your device is an awesome tool, especially when driving in the middle of nowhere. If getting the Premium version isn’t an option, at least save your one-month free trial for the big trip.
Gone are the days when long drives are annoying, boring, and too exhausting. With today’s technologies, it’s possible to explore unfamiliar places without ever getting lost, hungry, or having to sleep uncomfortably in the car.