There are several apps I like to use while traveling that I thought I would share with you guys!
1. Google Maps
This one is kind of obvious, but for someone who is as directionally challenged as I am, it’s a necessity. I typically use my GPS while I’m driving to save battery life on my phone, but I’ve found that using the walking selection can be very helpful when trying to walk your way through a new city or unfamiliar place!
2. History Here
The History Here app was created by the History Channel to help you find historic places located near you. As a history nerd, it always makes my heart flutter to see my location on the map surrounded by little red dots. I like using this app when I’m road tripping, so when I stop off at a random exit to get gas or food, I can see if there is anything historical nearby I might want to check out for a mini detour.
3. Food Tripping
This app was created through a partnership with SHFT and Ford. I love food tripping because it’s a restaurant locater app that doesn’t include fast food. The purpose of this app is to help you find local places that have specialty or healthier options. You can search for eateries, farmers’ markets, food markets, coffee & tea places, juice joints & smoothies, and vegan & vegetarian options. I think one of the best parts of road trips is going to local places that you would otherwise not have access to because it makes your trip more personal and memorable!
4. All Trails
This app is a must have for all hiking fans. Sort of like the History Here app, it pinpoints your location and informs you of hiking trails that are close by. The app tells you how far these trails are from you, how long the trails are, how strenuous they are, and includes user reviews of the trails. I often get the urge to stretch my legs and take my co-pilot (aka my dog, Oliver) for long walks, especially when we’re on the road, and this app helps me do just that!
This app goes along with my AAA membership, so while the app is free, it is useless unless you have a membership with AAA. I actually haven’t used this app yet, but it makes me feel a lot better knowing I have it. I know that if something happened to my car, I would be able to get roadside assistance by using the app, if for some reason I didn’t have my AAA card or info on me. The AAA app also gives you maps, directions, help with travel planning, and access to member discounts. It’s always a good feeling to know that if something bad happens to your car on the road, that you have some sort of back-up plan.
To the best of my knowledge, all of these apps are free and they have definitely come in handy for me many times while traveling! What are some of your favorite apps to use while traveling, or just in general? I would love to hear any suggestions of ones to add to my phone!