5 Apps to Use on Your Next Road Trip


When you are driving on long stretches of the freeway, you may notice that gas prices tend to increase in areas with lower populations. As the demand goes down, the price goes up, which means that your refueling costs could be more than you expect, especially if you estimating based on prices in your home area. Use GasBuddy, a free app, to look up gas prices based on your location. It lets you know if a gas station a few miles down the road is worth driving to, or if you should fill up sooner to save money. This app is available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry.

Field Trip

If you are taking a leisurely trip in which you would like to stop and see the sights, be sure to download Field Trip by Google on your iPhone or Android device. This app gives you a notification when you are near a place of interest, allowing you to experience more on your trip and get a closer look at various cities. If you have your phone connected via Bluetooth, the alerts will come via the audio system. It uses recommendations from top lifestyle and travel publications to find the recommended places.

Google Maps

While this might seem like a no-brainer, there are quite a few road trippers who still don’t take advantage of this useful app. Whether you are trying to determine the best route to your destination, or just attempting to avoid toll roads to save some money, Google Maps can help. It also automatically recalculates in case you take a wrong turn or if there is construction up ahead. Turn on the voice navigation to receive turn-by-turn directions, or just follow the guidance provided on the screen.

Hotel Tonight

If you are looking for a spot to crash while on the road, use Hotel Tonight. This handy app offers 24/7 customer support, so you can ask questions or receive assistance in booking a room. It includes rooms that are available wherever you are, from high-end luxury resorts to budget-friendly rooms. You can also get access to discounts, since hotels are looking for guests to stay in their unsold rooms.

Roadside America

If you love the idea of checking out unique (and sometimes strange) spots around the country, check out Roadside America. This app costs $2.99 and is available for iOS. It shows a detailed list of places to see, no matter where you are in the U.S. A few options include the World’s Largest Totem Pole, Dragon Man’s Military Museum, and a home decorated year-round for Christmas.

By downloading a few new apps on your Android smartphone or iPhone, you can easily make the most of your time away.

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