Make the Most of Your Road Trip with These Fantastic Apps

Road trips are a great way to make new memories with the family, but they can also be a lot of work to plan. Fortunately, there are several apps out there to help take the guesswork out of planning. Check out our recommendations for the best Road Trip Apps, and let us know which ones you love in the comments!

Free Apps

Waze (Android; iOS)
With an app that provides you with real-time traffic updates, heads up on speed traps and the ability to compare gas prices, road tripping has never been easier. Waze is community-based app, meaning its data is delivered by you and the other drivers using it (it won the Webby award in 2013 for the Best Connected Product), so you’re sure to get information that’s up-to-date and relevant.

GasBuddy (Android; iOS)
When you’re on the road, knowing where you can find your next fuel up is key. Fortunately, GasBuddy has you covered. This app allows users to log gas prices in real time, which means you’ll be able to find the most up-to-date prices available. Earn points by reporting gas prices and watching additional advertisements, which you can use to enter sweepstakes for free fuel-ups.

TVFoodMaps (Androidl iOS)
If you’ve found yourself watching Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives; Man vs. Food; or No Reservations, wishing you could check out the cool restaurants they’ve visited, you’re now in luck. TVFoodMaps makes it easy to find restaurants featured on The Food Network’s most popular shows. Not only can you search by show or location and get notifications when you’re close to one of the restaurants, but you can also plan a trip completely based on the food you love (a BBQ-themed road trip? Don’t mind if we do!).

Oh, Ranger! (Android, iOS)
With so many incredible national parks, public lands, and historical landmarks spanning the states, it can be difficult to keep track of all the sites to see. Enter Oh, Ranger!, an app that is your go-to database for everything National Park related. It’ll provide you with directions, the location’s operating hours, and the must-see and must-do activities and attractions for each stop along the way.

ParkMe (Android, iOS)
If you’re planning a trip to an unfamiliar destination, parking can be one of the biggest hassles you have to deal with. Now, instead of looping the same blocks over and over, hoping to find something cheaper than the $20 garage fee, simply open ParkMe. You’ll be able to find the closest and cheapest parking options nearby, and can even pre-pay/register your spot in advance!

SitOrSquat (Android; iOS)
If there was ever an essential road trip app, this is it. Before you pull over for a pitstop, find out exactly what you’re getting yourself into with this public restroom rater. With thousands of locations rated, SitorSquat helps you determine which are cleanest (designated as “Sit”-worthy), and which are better to avoid (“Squat”).


Pay Apps

Along the Way (iOS)
Along the Way is the perfect app for when you want to get in the car and just go. You can open the app anytime along your way to start exploring nearby attractions. Find a place to grab a bite, a neighborhood playground, or an interesting landmark you might not have known was nearby. This app costs $2.99, but it’ll pay for itself with the countless memories it helps to make.

Postagram (Android, iOS)
For roadtrippers wanting to KIT with family through good old-fashioned Snail Mail but still have the convenience of email, Postagram has you covered. This app lets you take the photos you snap on your smartphone and convert them into personalized postcards. Select a picture from the app, your phone gallery, or Facebook and include an optional 140-character message to complete your custom card.
For just 99 cents, you can have your card delivered anywhere in the US, or mail it internationally for $1.99 (price includes postage). Delivery within the US, Europe, and Canada generally takes about 5-10 business days, while other international destinations average about 2-3 weeks.

Trail Wallet
With Trail Wallet, you don’t have to worry about completely blowing your budget on vacation. Whether traveling internationally or domestically, set your currency and organize your expenses based on category (use their presets or create your own). Easily track your expenses and get a daily breakdown of how you’re spending. Added bonuses: you can export your report as a .CSV file (aka: a comma separated values file, meaning the data can be saved in a table-structured format) and you can backup your data using the app’s built-in Dropbox integration. The initial app is free for the first 25 items you log. After that, it costs $3.99 to upgrade to the unlimited version.

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