These days however, I rarely get the chance to gaze in windows much less go shopping. Which is fine by me, I prefer being too busy rifling through nature to rifle through stores. Although, a little shopping at a local farmers market is good for the soul!
But to tell you the truth, I think I have just shifted my shopping habits to online and specifically…apps, especially the free ones. I’m always searching for that next time saver, experience enhancing or money saving app.
So, with all this time and research I have done, I thought it was high time I share my top 13 must have road trip apps! Why 13, because sometimes, odd is just better.
Almost all of these apps are free and available for both android and iphone, just check your app store!
The open road. That’s what it’s all about. Driving down long stretches of asphalt, pulling over at a local diner for some grub, and discovering the most incredible roadside wonders. Co-founders James Fisher and Tatiana Parent suffer from an incurable case of wanderlust. So, they decided to design a web and mobile platform that streamlines discovery, planning, booking and navigation into one engaging road trip planner.
Search by taking a picture: point your mobile phone camera at a painting, a famous landmark, a barcode or QR code, a product, or a popular image. If Goggles finds it in its database, it will provide you with useful information. Goggles can read text in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish, and translate it into other languages. Goggles also works as a barcode / QR code scanner.
PdaNet+ shares the Internet access of your Android phone with your computer or tablet. PdaNet+ works on all Android phones without rooting. It also does not require a tether plan, that will save you $20/month from most carriers. PdaNet+ now bundles both PdaNet and FoxFi to give you supports of WiFi hotspot in addition to USB Tether and Bluetooth DUN. In USB mode it is capable of handling download speed of well above 35Mbps (35000kbps) and is the fastest tethering software available for Android.
Find the cheapest gas on the go – for free! Locate gas stations near you and see their current gas prices.
Find the parks nearest you with the activities you want to do. Our writers and editors have compiled a comprehensive database of every federal and state park in America. Included in our exclusive database are thousands of national parks, state parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, BLM sites, US Army Corps recreation areas and many more public lands.
State Lines is the information you need when traveling throughout the United States. Whether by RV, car, train, bike, space ship, plane or boat – you’re frequently crossing state lines, and always under new regulations, taxes and bans. Currently with over 55 pieces of travel relevant information including state sales tax, time zones, towing & RV specific laws, gas/diesel taxes, rest area overnight parking rules, default speed limits, alcohol sales laws, smoking bans, open container laws, state park camping entrance fees, leash laws, helmet laws, cell phones & texting while driving, left hand turns and more.
The new Honeycomb version features over 550,000 free and paid locations in 144 countries worldwide. Never worry again about not finding a Wi-Fi internet connection. Wi-Fi Finder is simply the best app for finding free or paid public Wi-Fi hotspots online or offline—perfect for Skype users on the go!
Onavo Count for helps you better understand and budget your mobile data usage. With sleek and simple reports, real time alerts, and usage rankings, you will gain valuable insights into how you use your data.
Like a professional tour guide always by your side. Instantly find out what’s nearby and create tours for longer excursions. Offline access avoids data roaming charges
PRI’s Android app offers live and on-demand access to your favorite public radio programs, including episodes and segments from national award-winning shows like PRI’s The World, The Takeaway, Studio 360, This American Life and more! Download it to hear, read and share entertaining and insightful stories from around the globe.
Track and log your mileage, fuel consumption, maintenances, services and costs of your car or motorbike and know exactly how much your car costs. FuelLog calculates a lot of useful statistics like fuel consumption and economy (e.g. mpg or l/100km) of your car or other vehicle, total cost and mileage, average cost per distance or gas amount, average cost per month, year and driven distances, expenses and a lot more. Everything is managed in a nice-looking and very easy to use interface.
Coverage provides an at-a-glance “universal” data coverage map by interactively overlaying the major nationwide USA cellular providers. Coverage focuses on helping travelers keep connected as they roam, no matter what network (or combination of networks) they use. Use Coverage to determine which direction is best to head towards, or which route is likely to keep you the most connected in your travels.
When RVs have to go… we know where to go! Search for RV dump stations from your current GPS location while you are on the road, or search by a city of your choosing!
Well, there you have it, my must have, most used and coveted apps. Do you have a favorite I didn’t mention? Tell us about it in the comment box below!