Of all the seasons, summertime is when I’m most likely to be away from home. I can’t pass up hiking in this comfy weather or cooling off at the nearby theaters. Two apps are perfect for me and my friends whether we’re indoors or out:
Fandango Movies is the #1 ticketing app for movies, and its smartphone app lives up to its starlit reputation. If you’re like me, being able to purchase tickets straight from a cellphone is huge! I never like to risk missing out on a blockbuster or award winner. And, since I rarely tote my laptop with me while on vacation, this cellphone app solves that issue, too.
It never matters which part of town you’re in because Fandango Movies’ “Spotlight” feature enables you to find the best show times or nearby theater location based on your own location. I can filter movies by genre, rating or format (including IMAX & 3D), read reviews and watch trailers. I’m also a little particular about theater amenities, but no problem. Fandango Movies shows me those, too.
You know how I enjoy giving my reviews, so I love being able to rate the movies I see, good or bad to save all my friends’ time and money. But the best thing about Fandango Movies might be this: worry free tickets! If for some reason I can’t make it to the movie, Fandango will let me return or exchange my tickets for a refund or Fandango credit. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the old way of buying them.
Wouldn’t it be perfect if you could browse thousands of hiking and biking trails across the country all from your cellphone? With the highly rated AllTrails app, you can have 50,000 at your fingertips!
In a nutshell, AllTrails allows me to pack in more summertime fun by checking out the photos and reviews first before planning the next adventure. I browse and scout out whichever trails are nearest to me and then view topographic maps, elevations and routes for each. Other AllTrail app users rate trails, too, which is invaluable. You can also find trails that are dog-friendly or wheelchair accessible.
AllTrail is one smart app, too. Realizing that there may be no Internet service when you’re in the thick of Sasquatch territory, AllTrail is designed to give you access to its entire trail database without Internet. How handy is that! And, if I discover a great new trail, AllTrail lets me record, track and share where I go using my phone’s GPS. It even geo-tags the photos. Then it’s easy for me to share them and revisit the same trailheads again.
It’s also really cool how the app lets you add new trails not already in their database. Being a wordsmith, I love to write my own trail reviews and post them there, too.
I’m actually headed right now to a new trailhead. After I stop to grab my gear, I’ll review the trail map again on the app to plan my ascent. Then afterwards, it’s back to the theater to cool off with friends at a great flick. After all, it is summer.