Fam­ily Road Trip

Hit the Open Road with En­ter­tain­ing Apps, Gad­gets, and iTunes Pur­chases

iPhone Life Magazine - - Front Page - By Abbey Du­foe

Apps to Help You Go the Ex­tra Mile

Spo­tify (Free) The most im­por­tant fea­ture of Spo­tify for long road trips is clear: its off­line lis­ten­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Once you up­grade to Pre­mium for $9.99 per month, you can start sav­ing any song or playlist you like—from travel-re­lated artists to fun songs for the kids—and then freely lis­ten to them with­out the cost of stream­ing data.

Waze (Free) Sure, you could use Ap­ple Maps to go on your merry way, but Waze, the self­pro­claimed “so­cial GPS,” is much bet­ter when it comes to avoid­ing traf­fic. Open Waze to see real-time traf­fic re­ports from cars around you. You can re­port ac­ci­dents, traf­fic, po­lice, and road clo­sures in the app, help­ing fel­low Waz­ers “out­smart traf­fic.”

Ur­banspoon (Free) The down­side of vis­it­ing new places is that you of­ten have no idea where to find good food. Ur­banspoon pro­vides all the in­for­ma­tion you need to find the tasti­est restau­rants along your route, in­clud­ing ad­dresses, re­views, and menus. Browse by cui­sine type and price, or search for eater­ies down the road where you know you'll be stop­ping.

Ho­tel Tonight (Free) Need a ho­tel at the last minute? Ho­tel Tonight can help with that. Search for a room within hours of your ar­rival, or plan ahead and book a room up to seven days in ad­vance. List­ings in­clude pho­tos and prices of avail­able rooms, and you can book the room right from the app! All you have to do is show up for some shut­eye.

Road­Trip­pers (Free) This app helps you find popular at­trac­tions, na­ture trails, ho­tels, cafes, camp­ing spots, and places to fuel up once you reach your road trip des­ti­na­tion. Want to visit a scenic over­look? Se­lect “Points of In­ter­est.” How about a spon­ta­neous game? Try “Sports.” There's some­thing for ev­ery­one!

Gas­Buddy (Free) Gas­Buddy is just that—a car com­pan­ion that helps you find the clos­est, cheap­est gas avail­able. You can sort gas sta­tion lo­ca­tions by price or dis­tance, and can even post gas prices for oth­ers. The app also shows fea­tures of the gas sta­tion, such as fuel types and whether or not it has an ATM.

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