I store my life in my smart phone – my calendar, contacts, music, camera – all within the silicone walls of a device that fits in my pocket. It also hold invaluable tools that I use while traveling.
Here is a list of some of my favorite travel apps:
National Parks by National Geographic – We love a National Park. They are educational, inexpensive, and engaging for the entire family. This app, created by National Geographic, highlights 25 of the most visited National Parks with pictures, lists of things to do, and current weather. They are updating this app constantly, so more parks are being added all the time. This was the app that gave me the idea to take the kids on a horseback ride in Zion National Park, as well as all the information on how to get that set up.
Passport to Your National Parks – Since I’ve already described my love of the National Parks, I will share this app as well. The National Parks Passport holds a list of all National Parks. You can find parks by name, state, or use location services to find parks near you. The app also allows you to note the date you visited, and store pictures from your visit to accompany the site for that park. It’s fun for me to be able to identify the exact date we went to the Wright Brothers National Monument (June 17, 2012) and explore other parks that we still need to visit.
History Here – This app, from the History Channel, is a great way to understand the history all around you. The app features an interactive map based on your location and showcases the history hidden in everyday places. Architecture, museums, famous homes, and battlefields all pop up for you to explore virtually before exploring them physically. I’ve even used this app to find the historical places in our own backyard.
Roadtrippers – Your Weekend Travel App – This app allows you to see the interesting sites you can explore on your road trip. You simply enter where your road trip is beginning and where you are ending, and the app pulls up a list of offbeat stops, places to eat, hotels, etc. You can even filter the locations to only show shopping locations or accommodations. This is a simple way to make a road trip more fun by planning a stop along the way.
GasBuddy – This app can end up saving you money when you are on the road. Using your current location, GasBuddy looks for the cheapest gas near you. When you are filling up three or four times on a longer trip, the savings starts to add up.
So, these are five of my favorite travel apps. What am I missing? What travel app do you have and love? Please share in the comments.