With summer here, it’s a perfect time to fill up your gas tank and take a weekend road trip so, grab the keys and hit the road. It’s road trip time. Whether you and a few friends are checking out ‘The King’s’ digs in Graceland or packing the kids up for an educational experience at the Grand Canyon, you may need some tools to make your trip successful. So grab your trusty smartphone and start downloading some helpful travel apps.
LocalEats iPad App
Eats: LocalEats is perfect for when you are on the road and looking for a great local eatery. This app boasts of no national chain restaurants listed, so you can really enjoy local cuisines like the best spicy Cajun joint in New Orleans. You can call a taxi, get driving directions, make a reservation and customize your own search radius to find a restaurant. You can filter restaurants by Top 100, All Picks, Cuisine, Neighborhood, Feature, Savings, Price Range, Hours, Bar Information, Patio Seating, Vegetarian-Friendly, etc. Grab a fork and don’t forget to tip! Cost: .99
Fill er’ up: Pricing gas is a game with one goal: to find the cheapest gas and quick! Cheap Gas allows you to find gas stations and their prices close to you. Once you have located the gas station of your choice, you can map and get directions to go straight there. A definite download for any road trip. This app features: Price Timestamps, All Grade Prices Displayed and Sort by Distance or by Price. Cost: Free
Speed Racer: Trapster is the one app that could potentially save you hundreds of dollars. Avoid pricy traffic violations with notifications of speed traps, red-light cameras, accidents and road hazards. Have a need for speed? Stay aware of your lead foot with a real-time speedometer paired with the speed limit display of the road you are traveling. You can set the app to send push notifications, even when the app isn’t running. Fun tip: Caravan lets you share your location, send and receive audio or picture messages with other drivers in your caravan! Cost: Free
Rest Stop: With 100,000 hotels worldwide, HotelPal is a popular app used to search for hotels by city or zip code. This app is great for last-minute bookings. View vivid, full-screen hotel photos, compare hotel locations with built-in maps, check current hotel availability and rates and then browse amenities and descriptions to find the perfect hotel. And then book, simple as 1, 2, 3! Cost: Free
Now buckle up and get a move on, download the app best suited your trip’s needs. Have safe and happy travels!
Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to become a nanny by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.