If you’re planning on hitting the road any time soon (And who are we kidding? Of course you are!) you’re going to need some help. In this day and age, that help probably won’t be in the form of a creased, crumpled road map. Yes, it’s time to ditch the atlas and go digital. Before your next trip, do yourself a favor and check out these five travel apps for your smartphone.
Get Around With Google Maps
There might be a chance that you already have this app; on Android phones, it’s usually installed by default. But if you either don’t have it, or you just haven’t checked it out, drop everything you’re doing and check it out now. Google Maps is the de-facto map app and offers pretty much everything you need for getting from point A to point B. Best of all, Google is constantly updating the app, so you don’t have to worry about maps being outdated or features not working. It’s true that Apple has its own map system you can use on an iPhone, but users have panned the app for its incorrect maps and just bad user design.
Stay Fueled Up With GasBuddy
When you’re on the road for an extended period of time, fueling up is simply a fact of life. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it as cheap as possible. Through user-submitted information, GasBuddy tells you where the cheapest gas is around you. If you submit reports yourself, you can earn points and even money back. The gas prices you submit could help out fellow travelers!
Share Fleeting Moments With Snapchat
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to keep your close ones in the loop with your travels, but sometimes, the process of sharing can overburden you. Nothing takes you out of the moment like seeing who liked or commented on a post. That’s why you should check out Snapchat for your photo visual sharing. The point is that your photos and videos disappear after 24 hours, creating a looser and more in-the-moment atmosphere. No, Snapchat isn’t just for teenagers, and in fact, people of all ages happily use the app to efficiently share their ephemeral experiences.
Create Simple Itineraries With Google Keep
Google Keep, the tech giant’s note keeping system, is about as easy as a to-do app gets: simply create cards for either notes or checklists. While the app is simple in concept, the applications are as wide-ranging as your imagination will allow. You can create a card for every city you plan on visiting with a checklist of activities you want to do while you’re there. Or, when a fellow road warrior recommends a great vista to check out a sunset, quickly jot it down.
Listen to Tunes With Spotify
There are quite a few music apps out there, so why choose Spotify? For one, it’s got a huge library and a huge user base, meaning that it’s not going to be changing or going away any time soon. But perhaps the biggest benefit Spotify has going for it is tons of playlists, built for any type of mood or situation. So, you can find the perfect musical match, whether that’s for white-knuckle overnight driving or soothing morning sunrises.
These are some great travel apps to get you started, but your needs are going to vary from everyone else’s. Don’t be afraid to check out your phone’s app market and see what works for you. Your smartphone is a powerful tool, and it’s worth the time and research now to try out the perfect apps that will make your travels run more smoothly.