Spring is the season of new beginnings, blooming flowers, longer days and, for many travelers, road trip season. In the past, prepping for a road trip meant carefully tracing a route on a fold-up map, burning mix CDs (or tapes!) to listen to on the long drive and researching stops along the way, but the best thing trip planners can do to prepare today is download these apps.
You'll be especially grateful for this app when you hit a rural area with only two radio stations. With Spotify, you have access to a seemingly infinite amount of music right at your fingertips. Make playlists before you hit the road, search for new artists and songs as you go, or jam to playlists made by other members. If audio books are more your style, listen to everything from the latest best sellers to top-rated travelogues with the Audible app.
One of the best things about road trips are the roadside attractions. Finding them along your route is easy with this inexpensive app, which contains listings and maps for everything from the world's biggest shoe house to the largest garden gnome.
Gas is expensive everywhere, but that doesn't mean you can't save a couple bucks when filling up at the tank. Use this app to find the cheapest gas in your area so you can splurge more at the next roadside diner.
Need a cup of coffee to drive through the night? Use Yelp to find the best cup in your location. Looking for a hotel with WiFi? You can search for that too. This super helpful app can connect you with the best restaurants, accommodations and more for your needs, providing invaluable insight when you are in a strange land.
Your old fashioned map can't tell you that a traffic tie-up is about to add an extra hour onto your trip, and it has no idea that a speed trap is waiting around the next bend, but Waze does. This navigation app does more than just tell you when to turn right and left – it provides real-time info based on updates from other Waze users.
Keep your friends and family updated on your road trip with this creative app. Snap a photo with your phone's camera, then type out a message and the app sends a real life postcard made from your image to your pals back at home. It costs .99 cents per postcard, but it is worth it to send your friends and family such a personalized memento of your trip.