This post is the fourth in a series about iPhone apps I use and enjoy. This is less about being on the cutting edge of technology and more the equivalent of peeking in someone else’s medicine cabinet. Electronic voyeuristic curiosity! I’d love to hear what travel or road-trip apps you enjoy in the comments.
AAA Discounts – The AAA Discount app comes equipped with a GPS map and turn by turn direction route-planner, but this is entirely unnecessary if you have an iPhone. The value of this app is that is seeks out businesses and services in your area that offer discounts to AAA members. I am not compensated for this, but I love the roadside assistance feature and have used it often. If I’m by myself or with the kids, there is no way I’m changing a tire or walking to fill a gas can. I consider it a security blanket.
ATM Hunter – This useful app from MasterCard lets users know the locations of the nearest ATMs.
Around Me – Around me lets you search for nearby hotels, coffee shops, gas stations, hospitals, banks, restaurants, etc. Apps along the same lines that I also use are Yelp and CitySearch.
Mad Libs – If you’ve never played Mad Libs then you are an (adjective ending in “-ing”) (noun). Mad Libs are (adjective). I (verb) them! I downloaded the free app and bought the paid one anyway because you have access to a lot of games that are automatically saved. Hours of fun on the road.
Emergency Survival from Wikihow – Not strictly necessary for road trips, but how badass do you feel when you can find, at a moment’s notice, how to control a spooked camel, survive natural disasters, or deal with roadside emergencies? It makes me feel like a seasoned adventurer. The entertainment value of this app alone is worth it and, along with the Mad Libs app, makes for an entertaining road trip.
Good Food Near You – Sure, you have apps that will tell you where the nearest restaurants are, but this app helps you find the healthiest choices in your immediate area. Especially nice if you are health-conscious, on a diet, or traveling with children. Nutritional information and a map to the restaurant is included.
Sit or Squat – This free app is sponsored by Charmin so you have to see irritating bears that don’t know how to wipe their butts occasionally, but for the service it provides it’s worth it. This app shows the location of the bathrooms near you. OMG! Who doesn’t need this?
Mark the Spot – This app channels my passive-aggressive frustrations. Or it does nothing. I’m not really sure, but I figure it can’t hurt. Mark the Spot allows you complain directly to AT&T about areas of crappy coverage. I use this app every time I go to the grocery store.