Over the past few weeks we’ve had the opportunity to meet with a few families that are working toward their version of hitting the road in an RV. We’ve asked questions, answered questions, and shared some of our traveling experiences.
One topic talked about was the use of travel apps. There are several apps we’ve downloaded over the past couple of years. Some we use very regularly and others more sporadically. There are also a couple that I don’t think we’ve ever used, even though the app seemed pretty cool at one time.
Our Travel Apps:
- Camp & RV
This probably the travel app I use the most when we are moving. The app shows state parks, private parks, highway rest areas, county parks, RV centers, Walmarts, Costcos, Sam’s Clubs, Cabellas, low clearance bridges, and some truck stops and gas stations.
This app focuses on public/government parks—national, state, county, city.
- RV Parks (RVparking.com)
I’ve used this app a few times to check on campground reviews. It’s okay. I prefer looking at reviews on rvparkreviews.com on my laptop because it’s been around for a while and has lots of reviews. I think RVparking.com is relatively new and doesn’t have as many reviews. Maybe we should be adding our reviews to the new site, too.
- Passport America
When we started our travels three years ago, we purchased a one year membership to Passport America. It didn’t take long before the membership paid for itself. The app took me a little while to “like” but it’s been useful.
- State Lines
This app was created by our friends, the Technomads. This app lists state specific information. For example: sales taxes, motorcycle laws, cell/texting bans, leash laws, speed limits, left-turn on red, rest area overnight rules, and much more. It’s a great app.
- Fuel Finder
We’ve used this app a few times. Because our previous traveling hasn’t taken us too far from the interstate, we haven’t had many issues in finding gas. And, since our truck tank is on the small side, we haven’t felt the need to drive much out of our way to save a few cents. The few times we’ve actually used this app, though, we were really glad to have it (driving west Texas, for example).
Our Exploring Apps:
- Roadside America
“Your Guide to Offbeat Tourist Attractions” I don’t know that our life would be as complete if we hadn’t stopped at Wall Drug, walked through the grounds of Tinkertown, or posed at the base of the World’s Largest Cherry Pie Pan. I like to use this app when I know we have a clear destination, but not necessarily a definite route.
When the kids were young, our family enjoyed geocaching—we even set up our own cache in a Holland park. While living in Michigan we found that geocaching helped us to discover new-to-us parks. When we began traveling we downloaded this app, thinking we’d use it for exploring. We have only used this app a handful of times in the years we’ve been on the road.
This is a great app out for out West- sitting around a campfire, wondering which planet is illuminated that night.
- History Here
Haven’t used this app much yet, but it seems like a good one to have for our continuing learning style.
We’ve only tried this a few times, but I don’t remember if we’ve ever followed the suggestions.
This is used primarily for business meet-ups.
- Great Clips
Need a haircut? Great Clips is everywhere and this app will help you find them. Of course, not all locations provide a good cut! I think we quit using this app after we all received bad cuts in Mesa, AZ.
An app suggested to us. We haven’t really used it yet, so I can’t really report our results, yet.
Our Shopping Apps:
Used primarily to see what restaurants and stores are near us.
I was so thrilled when our stores back home quit using grocery store cards. Unfortunately, the grocery card “game” returned there, just like everywhere else. I have cards for Kroger, Safeway, Albertsons, Spartan, etc. My wallet was so thick from these cards, it was ridiculous. Mike found this app. Now, when we shop, we just hand the phone to the checker, the proper barcode is swiped, and we receive the discounted prices.
We have a DVD collection. But, after traveling this long, I can recite most of the movies we have. So, once in a while, when we just want to veg as a family, we use this app to find the closest Redbox.
So, there you have it; the apps we’ve used over the past couple of years. Do you use other apps that we should consider?