Sure, road trips can be fun… or was that just in college? But they also have a tendency to be boring, irritating, and frustrating. Thank goodness for modern technology, which has given us the following apps to make road trips more fun and comfortable, and less likely to make us want to strangle our co-passengers.
Enjoy the journey as much as the destination by letting the Roadtrippers app (Android, iOS) plan your trip. Just enter where you want to go and when, tell the app what kinds of things you’d like to see on the way (and how far out of the way you’re willing to go to see them), and Roadtrippers will do the rest.
You’ll get tons of attractions, points of interest, outdoor recreation spots, cool restaurants, and practical stuff like accommodations and services to utilize along the way. Roadtrippers will even estimate your fuel costs for the trip!
Field Trip (Android, iOS) alerts you to interesting things to see and do wherever you are. Based on your location and categories you select — like Architecture, Historic Places & Events, Art & Museums, and Food, Drinks & Fun — Field Trip will send you an alert when you’re near a point of interest.
Sit or Squat
When you’re in a strange place, quickly finding a restroom when you need one can be a challenge. And once you find one, who knows what kinds of crimes against nature you’re going to discover in there. Sit or Squat (Android, iPhone) to the rescue!
The app will tell you where to find nearby public restrooms and what condition you’re likely to find them in. The green toilet paper roll icon tells you if the restroom is clean enough that you can sit, while a red toilet paper icon tells means you may have to squat instead. The ratings are based on user reviews, and you can leave your own opinion to help others find their way to relief.
iExit (Android, iPhone) gives you a directory of restaurants, gas stations, services, and more at exits along the interstate. You’ll know if you can make it few more exits before you stop for gas, and whether you have to settle for food from that burger chain or you can hold out for sub sandwiches 30 minutes down the road.
iExit will also tell you about attractions, lodging, grocery stores, shopping, health care, veterinary care, banks, and even alternative fuel options at upcoming exits.
The TVFoodMaps app (Android, iPhone) helps you find famous eateries around the country. You’ll find restaurants featured on shows like Man vs. Food, Chopped, Top Chef, Cupcake Wars, and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.
You can enter a location to see all the featured restaurants in the area, have the app notify you when you’re near one, or enter your road trip route and see which famous stops are along the way.