My kids’ last day of school was last Thursday, and we already have some road trips planned. I’ve found that the best way to travel with kids on a road trip is to make sure we have some amazing time-saving apps. Whether these apps for gas station locations, wifi locators, or even game apps, they are a lifesaver when traveling with kids. I’ve partnered with Reedman Toll Dealership to bring you some of the best summer road trip apps of 2016 that my family can’t live without.
Most of these apps are available for both IOS and Android devices. Some of these apps are so useful and not very well known – until now.
No other map app comes even close to competing with Google Maps. This ubiquitous tool offers voice-guided GPS navigation for drivers, pedestrians, transit riders, and cyclists, supplemented by conventional, street-view, terrain, satellite, and 3D images. Search nearby dining, shopping, and attractions to see reviews and hours, make calls for reservations, and let Google guide you there. Favorite feature: faster-route traffic alerts. (Android, iOS, Windows Phone)
Be your own travel agent and plan every detail of your trip-from car rental to lodging to restaurants-with TripIt. You can construct custom itineraries by hand, or simply forward the email confirmations of your flight, rental car, train tickets, and hotels to email@example.com and watch TripIt construct the itinerary for you.
Who said snail mail was overrated? Postcards are the classic thinking-of-you travel mementos for friends and family. With Postagram, you can bring this tradition into the digital age by sending personalized photos and messages from your phone to relatives, which they’ll receive on actual postcards for $0.99 a piece (postage is included).
When you’re in a foreign city, you sometimes look around and ask: Where are all the people?Goby has the answer. This app pinpoints the neighborhood hot spots (including museums, hotels, eateries, and more) in your vicinity. But its true value comes in finding nearby events. You’ll discover concerts, plays, and more right around the corner.
This app is for the road warrior. GasBuddy locates the closest gas stations and provides approximate pricing. Particularly useful when you’re running on empty, GasBuddy will save you time and money.
As a modern traveler, you can feel stranded and helpless without Internet access. The Free Wi-Fi Finder by JiWire shows where you can find free wireless connections in urban areas. You can search with a directory or simply enable the Wi-Fi scanner to locate the nearest hot spots.
This app provides real-time, driver-sourced traffic and navigation advice. Waze’s legion of local eyes on the road will alert you to traffic jams, road closures, and speed traps before you’re ensnarled. Also provides step-by-step navigation.
Employ this mobile concierge to make dinner reservations anywhere. Search for restaurants by location or name, browse top and trendy dining spots, and then let OpenTable search for available dates and times. When you’ve chosen one, book it with one tap. The app instantly confirms the reservation and sends you a reminder in advance.Favorite feature: invite your dining companions.
Traveling I-95 with two kids clamoring to eat at Olive Garden? This app’s for you. Pinpointing your location/direction via GPS, it tells you what lies ahead exit by exit (up to 100 of them) so you can plan gas stops, bathroom breaks, meals, lodging, and other road-tripping necessities. Use for pre-planning or en route.