5 Free Apps For Your Next Road Trip

rural-690549_640The summer solstice just passed for the north hemisphere which means road trips are abundant and venturing around in cars is very common.

I recently took an 18 hour road trip from Chicago to my new home in Colorado.

Being a person who is not a huge fan of driving, I had to find a way to make the trip doable and entertaining as well to keep me awake during the 9 hour days of driving.

1. Podcasts.

I always recommend podcasts for absolutely any time you are in a vehicle. Music can be stress relieving and a lot of fun, but podcasts can be quite informative and educative.

It’s also a better use of your time to learn, and get better at certain things. Working on personal development is very important to me, so I would listen to apps that focused on that. Practicing my Spanish is also very important to me, so I listened to a learning Spanish podcast for half a day.

2. Along The Way.

I wished I would’ve heard of this app before my long road trip, but glad that I can at least share it with someone who hasn’t heard of it yet. This app is absolutely amazing because it tells you what places to stop at along the way on your road trip.

Visiting important landmarks has never been made so easy. Now you’ll never miss that oversized furniture item in that small town you don’t remember the name of.

3. Couchsurfing.

This app can be quite convenient on the wallet or if you have trouble booking a hotel for some crazy reason. I’ve heard of some Couchsurfing hosts giving people places to stay last minute.

Keep in mind, these people are offering you their home and remember, they aren’t a hotel. Leave a small gift behind, or offer to clean or do some kind of chore in return for them letting you stay there. Your host can also tell you all the neat places to visit that you otherwise wouldn’t know of, since they are a local native (most likely).

4. Songza.

This app is sort of like Pandora, but you also can choose stations based on your mood or the activity you are partaking in.

When it’s getting late at night, I make sure to put more upbeat music on to keep me awake and alert. I’ve found listening to more mellow and slow music makes me tired quicker. You might be the exact opposite, so do what works best for you.

Have you used any of these free apps for your phone? What other apps would you recommend using for a road trip?


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