There are many travel apps loaded on our smart phones and tablets. But there are three that we use on every trip. In fact, I can’t imagine how folks ever travelled without them. So if you want to save time and money, make sure these three travel apps are with you whenever you travel.
Essential Travel Apps #1: Google Maps
We have written in prior posts about how we use Google Maps to travel by foot or public transportation to places of interest once we have set up camp. But, even though we have a pretty smart RV GPS system in OLGA, we still often utilize Google Maps on our smart phones to:
- Consider alternate routes that may not have been updated yet on the GPS unit;
- Look for additional construction and traffic alerts;
- View terrain along our route;
- Find places to eat or shop
- Find campgrounds (just enter city/state and “campgrounds” or “state parks”, etc.)
It really is amazing what you can do with this FREE application if you just take the time to explore.
Essential Travel Apps #2: Gas Buddy
If you are a regular reader you know I am frugal. So savings a few cents a gallon, and not wasting fuel looking for a bargain is important to me. When we are on the road, we always use the FREE app Gas Buddy to plan our next stop.
- Let’s say we are in Baton Rouge, LA heading west. We have enough fuel to get to Dallas, but should we? A quick check on Gas Buddy shows that fuel in Baton Rouge is running about $0.10/gallon less than in Texas. Ca-Ching!
- When traveling through west Texas, we used Gas Buddy to find the nearest station. One important note, that station may be behind you. So make sure you watch the mile indicator carefully or check the driving directions before you make a final determination of which station you’ll pick.
- You can even estimate your fuel costs with the app if you aren’t already using the GoodSam Trip Planner to do this.
And Gas Buddy permits you to select the type of fuel you need, a handy feature when you looking for diesel.
Essential Travel Apps # 3: AllStays
This RV software is available free at Allstays.com, however, we liked it so much we actually paid $9.99 for the IOS version. We have their free Camp & RV Military app loaded on my iPhone and their complete Camp and RV app loaded on our iPad as well. We loaded the complete app on the iPad simply because there is so much information that my old eyes found it easier to navigate. The are several reasons it is worth spending the money for the Allstays travel app:
- It works off-line! Is it the last day of your cell phone month and one more data search is going to send you over your limit? No problem! Much of the Allstays data is stored on your device, allowing you to search for a campground without using data.
- It provides access to all kinds of facilities in one site. No need to access the state park website or app, then the county site, then the Passport or KOA app. Everything is available in one app. If you are averse to paying for a one night stop over, you can even find a Wal-Mart, Cracker Barrel or Public Lands.
- Need to find a dump site? Need propane? Looking for a rest stop along the way? All these options and more are available in one location.
So if you are new to RVing and wondering what is essential to pack, head on over to the Apple or Google store and make sure you download these three travel apps before your next trip. Along with a good weather app, you’ll find these travel apps make your travels safer, more affordable and more enjoyable.