If you’re going on a road trip, then listen up. I’ve got the Top 5 Road Trip Apps or Websites you’re going to need for all the planning that goes into road tripping. Whether it’s the planning part or when you’re actually on the road, these apps and websites are going to be a total god send to you on the road. So listen up, take notes and be prepared to learn.
// Top 5 Road Trip Apps – Google Maps \\
This is by far the single most used app on my phone whenever I’m on a road trip. Quite simply, it’s the app that is going to get you around and ensure you get from A to B safely. The best feature of this app is the ‘Offline Feature’. When you’re connected to wifi, you can download the map of the area you’re travelling in, for example the South Island of New Zealand. The app will then be able to be in use when you’re not connected to wifi or 4G. This is a great way of still being able to navigate around, whilst not using up all of your data. It works particularly well for when you’re in countries that you haven’t even got a sim card for. A real lifesaver for any road trip I’ve ever been on. Note: if you’re using the app on 4G, you have the option for it to navigate you on roads that are Toll Free… a good way of saving money!
// Top 5 Road Trip Apps – AirBnB \\
You’re going to need somewhere to stay whilst you’re on the road, right? So download and use Airbnb. I’ve done my research, tried & tested and more often than not, Airbnb always ends up to be the best and cheapest option. Especially if you’re in a group, you have the ability to rent an entire home, for a pretty great price. Apart from 1 night, we stayed in an Airbnb every night of our 2 week road trip. Some towns and cities are going to be a lot more expensive than others, but be smart with it. Widen the search area and look a little out of town… trust me, you’ll save yourself a fortune.
// Top 5 Road Trip Apps – Petrol Stations Apps \\
This seems a strange one, but whatever country you’re in, take note of the most popular Petrol/Gas Station and download their app. You’ll find they have a station finder part of the app, meaning you’ll never be too far away from a fuel station. Again, using the South Island of New Zealand as an example, fuel stations are very few and far between. So knowing when the next one is approaching, is essential to not getting caught out and breaking down.
// Top 5 Road Trip Apps – Instagram \\
Funnily enough, Instagram can be a travellers best friend. If you know you’re heading in the direction of somewhere in particular but have no idea what to do whilst you’re there, just drop the location into Instagram and start your research. You’ll soon discover thousands of images from the surrounding area, from people who have been there before and it’ll soon give you heaps of inspiration. If you’re travelling alone, it can also be a tool for you to meet up with other travellers. This is a true example of social media being used correctly.
// Top 5 Road Trip Apps – Audio \\
You’re going to be on the road for long stretches of time. Driving for hours, sometimes in places with minimal radio signal so you’re going to need something to listen to and to keep you occupied. Obviously there’s the obvious, iTunes and listening to your own music. But you might want to think about Spotify or even better, Podcasts. Podcasts are a great way of keeping you entertained on the road and keeping you distracted from the long drives. Stay tuned as I’m thinking of doing a blog post all about my favourite podcasts right now.
So there you have it, my Top 5 apps to use on a road trip. They may seem obvious to some but sometimes it the most obvious things that become the most useful. Let me know if you’ve got anything to add to the list, I’m all ears!
| By Harrison |