Traveling Apps

Posted on January 7, 2012 by Tanya

When I travel, I really like to know where I am going and how much it is going to cost me. Here are some of my faves:

 GasBuddy – FREE – This is my most used app while traveling. Whether I am going 20 miles or 200 miles, I use this to find what is the cheapest gas near me and then I know how to choose the gas station. After all, I won’t drive 10 miles out of my way to get gas $.01 cheaper! This app has yet to fail me and I know it has helped me to save money and that is as precious as my time these days.

 Sit or Squat – FREE – Charmin was a genius to come up with this app! With it you can find bathrooms while you are on the go. “A place to find and record bathrooms anywhere in the world”. Love it!! This is especially good for those of you with young children. You can easily add bathrooms that are not on the map or list and identify them as ones where you would actually sit or if you would recommend improvement, where you would only squat. This is a must try app!

 AroundMe – FREE – “Because you’re going places” With this app, you can quickly locate an ATM, coffee shops, gas stations, hospitals, theaters, parking, restaurants… Just tap the topic and it immediately pulls up what you need. This is truly an easy, full service app whether you are traveling or simply in need of finding out something near you. I pulled up the movies playing “around me” and local restaurants (for one we don’t typically think of going to) and then planned a date night!

 GigWalk – FREE – Need to make a few bucks while you are on the go? With GigWalk, you can do just that. Download the app, create an account, log in and check out posted gigs. You complete the gig and the money is deposited into your account. You can make just a few dollars by taking a picture of a place or building or make more by doing a store audit. It is “connects people with businesses to get work done anywhere”. This is fascinating and worth checking out!

 GPS Drive – FREE, but Annual Upgrade is recommended – I loved this app before I got my car with navigation. I still use this one, especially when riding with others. The upgrade was worth the $9.99 for the year given all the traveling I do. It was easy to use with several options for viewing. This is what made it valuable to me – it was spot on and it was clear enough to me when driving in heavy traffic and I could only glance at the screen periodically. It allowed me to find addresses stored in my iPhone as well as other places of interest (hotels, coffee, restaurants, gas stations) and incorporate them into my trip. Plus, I like the time and distance estimation and constant update so I could follow my progress in real time.

So these are just a few of the “traveling apps” I seem to go back to time and time again. They are FREE and they work. Try them out for yourself and let me know of others you have found that are just as user friendly.

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