Every July or August, for as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed a summer vacation with my family. Over the years, that’s come to entail a number of wonderful traditions: certain board games, foods, activities and so forth, a host of little things that make the trips care-free, fun, and special for all of us.
Since we’ve all now joined the digital age, one of my new traditions has been to find great new smartphone apps I can recommend to everyone to help make their travels a little easier. Here are a few I’ve found this year that offer some really unique benefits, are easy to use, and are free for both Android and iPhone users.
For any long drive, you’ll be amazed at the conveniences offered by the iExit app. It uses your smartphone’s location to identify where you are on the highway, then displays upcoming exits in real time, so you know the restaurants, gas stations, campsites, hotels and more that are coming up. It’s a wonderful resource for planning those important pit stops on the way to your destination.
I’ve earned a reputation for over-packing for every trip, yet still managing to arrive without some essential item nearly every time. So, I was especially delighted to discover PackPoint, a detailed travel packing list planner that helps me get organized based on where I’m going, how long I’ll be there, the weather forecast and any activities that are planned. I’ve started using it as soon as I know I’m going on a trip; I can start preparing, save and update my list, and make sure I have everything I need once I get there!
If you love to set out and explore on foot, take Sidekix along. It not only helps you navigate to interesting places in hundreds of cities worldwide, it rewards you for using local businesses along the way. By sharing reviews of interesting spots you encounter during your travels, you earn Kix points, which can be redeemed for discounts at restaurants and shops nearby. It’s a quirky mix of information and rewards that will make any journey a little more fun.
It’s vacation time! Gas up the tank, pack your sun screen, and don’t leave home without adding these handy new smartphone travel apps to your device!