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