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The Best Apps for Road Trips
My husband and I both work from home and are pretty high tech users. So it's no surprise that our girls have followed in our steps.
Brady and Colby each have an old iPhone and have skipped birthday parties in favor of gaming consoles. And they know, that if mom and dad don't know the answer to a question Google or Alexa has the answer.
Does this sound familiar? It seems to be the trend in our group of friends.
Since April our family has been traveling each weekend and that's the plan throughout summer. We're AirBNBing out our house on weekend to offset our family trips together.
We try to limit our use of technology when we're on vacation. But everything is online and that includes the best apps for family vacations to make the trip as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
The list below has my picks for the 5 best apps for family travel. These are the apps that I use most often when we're away from home and make travel easier.
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There are few things I hate more than sitting in traffic. Give me surface streets where I'm actually moving any day.
This summer we're primarily going to be traveling in our RV. That means lots and lots of driving.
Waze is my go-to map app because it not only gives directions and traffic updates, it also reroutes you to faster routes. I know I've saved countless hours by using Waze whenever I get in the car.
2. Gas Buddy.
Running out of gas sucks. Running out of gas on a road trip with the family is even worse.
Gas Buddy to the rescue! This app will tell you where the nearest gas stations are, if they're open, and the prices.
And in gas shortage situations like Hurricane Michael, it'll also tell if they have gas and/or electricity to pump it. It was such a relief to be able to locate gas in a crisis with this app.
TripIt allows you to organize all of your travel docs in one spot. Creating an itinerary is super easy too.
Just forward your confirmation emails to TripIt and they will create an itinerary for you. Or if you're data conscious, you can always manually create your own itinerary online or in the app.
4. Trip Advisor.
When you're on a road trip, you get tired of eating the same old things. How many times have you decided to venture out and try some local flavor only to be disappointed? Or found yourself tired and in need of a last minute hotel room?
Don't end up in a shady hotel or eat subpar food, check Trip Advisor instead. You'll find reviews from other travelers and easily see what the best options are wherever you are.
Everything great road trip needs a soundtrack. Spotify makes it easy to create playlists on the go and listen to all of your favorite songs no matter where you are.
And in the event, you think you might be in a dead spot for very long (I'm looking at you Hwy 20 in Florida) or on a flight, you can always download the songs directly to your phone.
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- Kid Friendly Las Vegas
- Road Trip Tips with Kids
- Seattle with Kids
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