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5 Reasons to Take a Summer Road Trip and Best Apps to Simplify It

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Apps to Download to Simplify your trip.

This isn’t your parents road trip. You are not confined to a large road atlas, radio stations and mixed tapes. Almost anything you want to know or think might simplify your trip or make your trip more fun has already been invented as an app. Here are a few good ones.

-Googlemaps is the gold standard for directions

GasBuddy to find the cheapest gas

Waze if you are worried about traffic

-Yelp to find a low cost diner that serves a good breakfast in almost any town you drive by. A place where the hash browns are not out of the bag.

Wifi Tracker if you are desperate to do one last work thing and need to find Wifi for your laptop.

Stitcher if you like listening to podcasts while you drive. State of the Re-Union if you want to learn interesting facts about the parts of the country you are driving through. Savage Love if you want to hear about other people’s sex lives – and see if you can answer the questions as well as Dan. The Moth if you want to hear a wide range of well told stories. And tons more podcasts on stitcher.

Car Game Apps are useful if you can’t remember any car games you played as a kid or you just prefer all your entertainment to come in app form.

Iexit will be useful if you are traveling with people who get suddenly desperate to use the bathroom or get out of the car for any reason and you want to figure out what exactly will you find once you get off at a particular exit.

Road Trip Movies

Before you hit the road watch a few road trip movies. Maybe your first road trip was with your family and the time conjurs of images of National Lampoons Vacation movie. Or if your family was more idiosyncratic , it conjures up images of the family in Little Miss Sunshine. But there are all kinds of road trips. Like ill fated lovers on the run like Wild at Heart.  Or two women out on their own, doing what they want and not what others expect of them like in Thelma and Louise, (minus the ending).  Maybe you hope something sexy will happen like in Y Tu Mama Tambien.


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