The Apps You’ll Need for Your Summer Road Trip

June 14, 2016 - 3 minutes read

apps you'll need for your road trip this summerDon’t let Boston’s fickle weather fool you, it’s summertime, and the perfect time to do something spontaneous…like driving cross country. If you plan on taking a road trip this summer, here are the apps you’ll need to take with you:

Music: First and foremost, music is essential to making any long car ride fun. Making mixtapes still has its place in this world, but to cut down on time, a music streaming app is the way to go. There are many options: Pandora, Apple Music, and Spotify are the most popular. All three apps are easy ways to create playlists that you can share with your friends, find out what your friends are listening to, and discover new music. Each app offers its uses two streaming options: Free and Premium. Of course, the perks of having the premium option comes with a price, but in the long run, it’s worth it. (Spotify and Apple Music both offer a student discount of $4.99 a month)

Food: One of the best parts of traveling, locally and internationally, is trying new food. Apps that help you locate restaurants based on your location, like Urban Spoon and LocalEats, are a great way to get a taste of a new city. With the help of these food-finding apps, you’ll never have to succumb to eating at the same restaurant chains you have back at home. They help you narrow down your search based on your desired cuisine, location, and budget. Calories don’t count on vacation, so treat yourself and bon appetit!

Shelter: We’ve all heard of Airbnb, and if you haven’t, you’re really missing out. One of the leaders in the sharing economy, Airbnb allows its users to list, find, and rent vacation homes. With their help, you don’t just visit a destination, you actually get to live there. The best part about using AIrbnb is the reduced cost. Renting a temporary vacation home has never been cheaper, or easier, than staying in a hotel.

Packing: The only downside to traveling is packing for your trip. Sure, it’s fun to plan out your outfits for your stay, but the fun of that doesn’t outweigh the worry of forgetting to pack something. With packing-assistance apps, like PackPoint, preparing for a trip will no longer be a hassle. PackPoint is not just a checklist, but an “intelligent” app that allows you to plug in details specific to your stay (the duration of your trip, your destination, planned activities.) This results in the most effective packing list for your vacation. It even checks the weather to make sure you have everything you need for the predicted forecast.

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