Back in the day, you could take a road trip around the country with just a paper map and a cooler full of snacks. Nowadays, though, things are a bit more complicated, and it helps to have a few apps on your phone to help you get where you’re going without getting lost — or just to make things simpler.
Here are a few essential apps to download before you hit the road this summer.
Okay, let’s get real: Does anyone travel anywhere without Google Maps anymore? Google Maps (usually) works beautifully to help get you where you’re going without getting lost. Thanks to its geolocation feature, it knows where you are and how to help you find the quickest way to where you want to be. You can plug it into most newer vehicles to see your route on your screen, or you can just use it as a reference as you walk.
Best of all, you don’t have to keep folding and unfolding that unwieldy paper map in the car!
A Camera App
Some people still use an actual camera to take photos while traveling, but the majority of people find it easier to just point and shoot with the phone they already have in their pocket. If you want to take good, quality photos, make sure you have the latest camera updates installed and that your camera app is the best one your phone can use (hint: it may not always be the one that came pre-installed).
Okay, we’re not trying to sound like spokespersons for Google, but the company does have another useful app for travelers: Google Translate. Even when traveling in the United States, sometimes one comes across people who speak a different language. Google Translate has options to type what you hear or read, snap a photo of a sign, or even use your phone’s microphone to listen to a person’s speech and translate it into your language or vice versa. It might not always be a perfect translation, but it does make it much easier to communicate with people of other cultures and ethnicities.
Uber or Taxi Apps
If you are not driving your own car on your road trip, you will most likely need a ride at some point. Having the Uber app makes using this ride service much safer, because you can schedule a pickup and verify the identity of your driver as well as know exactly when they will arrive. Taxi apps work much the same way, so check out the taxi services in the area you will be vacationing in to see if they have an app you can use before leaving.
Audible or Podcast Apps
Amazon’s Audible app is perfect for long road trips. It lets you listen to audiobooks from anywhere at any time, which is a great way to pass the time on a long drive across the country.
If books aren’t your thing, there are also tons of podcast apps you could download to listen to stories about serial killers or to learn something new about your (other) favorite topics.
If you are traveling with someone who is known for wandering off, you might consider downloading Find Friends. This app is a bit controversial, but when used correctly, it lets you share your location with the other people on your trip so that you can all find each other easily via GPS tracking. This way, no one gets left behind in some random ghost town in New Mexico!
11 Day Trips From Reno: Desert Stops For Everyone To Enjoy
Are you planning a day trip from Reno, Nevada, and looking for some exciting options? Look no further than this article, which highlights the best day trips from Reno. There’s something for everyone, from skiing in Mount Rose to relaxing in Steamboat Hot Springs. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains and beyond!
Fly-Fishing, Skiing, Hiking, and Much More: 10 Montana Vacation Spots
Looking for an outdoor adventure in Big Sky Country? Look no further than this article, which highlights the top vacation spots in Montana. From Yellowstone National Park’s famous geysers to Glacier National Park’s breathtaking scenery, and Bozeman’s skiing and whitewater rafting, there’s something for everyone. So, pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable trip to Montana’s beautiful wilderness, abundant animal life, and incredible national parks.
Best 16 Utah Vacation Spots
If you’re looking for a vacation spot that offers breathtaking natural scenery and exciting outdoor adventures, then Utah is the place to be! This article highlights the top places to visit in Utah, from the stunning Zion National Park to the unique Homestead Crater. Whether you’re interested in hiking, skiing, or simply soaking in a hot spring, Utah has something for everyone. So, pack your bags and get ready to explore the diverse and awe-inspiring landscapes of Utah!
10 National Parks To Skip If You Have Young Children
If you’re planning a national park trip with young children, this article is a must-read! Discover the top 10 national parks to skip if you have young children, from the rugged terrain of Denali National Park to the limited access to Isle Royale National Park. Learn about the challenges and potential dangers of visiting these parks with young children and plan your trip accordingly for a safe and enjoyable experience.