December 3, 2013
Many military families get new orders every 2-3 years and have to pack up and drive to their next duty station. Singing songs and playing license plate games aren’t as entertaining as they used to be.
“Are we there yet? I have to go to the bathroom, where is the next rest area? I’m hungry, can we stop at the next McDonalds?” These questions are all to familiar during a long road trip.
In the past, you would just have to hope there was a rest stop nearby. Or you would have to exit the highway and hope there was a decent restaurant to eat. Now, there are tons of road trip websites and apps that will make your trip easier and more enjoyable.
Yelp & Urbanspoon– Both sites are great for looking up restaurants and restaurant reviews.
Around Me– Find restaurants, gas stations, coffee shops, hotels, theaters, parking, hospitals and much more.
Hotels.com– Find hotels nearest your location.
Spot Coffee & Starbucks App– Need a quick caffeine fix? Find your closest coffee spot.
History Here– This is an App by the History Channel which tells you interesting facts surrounding your location.
Gasbuddy– Find the cheapest gas prices around.
RoadAhead– Find how far away rest stops, restaurants, and gas stations are from your location.
Iexit– Want to know what’s just off the road at Exit 5A? Use this app to find what’s just around the corner.
Dog Park Finder– Traveling with a dog? Find close dog parks to allow the dog to run around and do their business.
Waze– A social app where other drivers alert you of traffic, cops, and road work.
Inrix – Find out where the traffic is before you end up waiting in it.
Road Ninja– Find out what is located at each exit.
Roadside America– This app is for nearby unusual attractions, tourist traps, and road trip ideas.
Rest Area Finder– Whether you have to use the restroom or you just need to stretch your legs, this app helps you find the closest rest area to our location.
Car is packed, check. Apps downloaded, check. Passengers buckled, check. We are ready to go!
About the Author – Cameron is a Navy wife, mother of 2, and creator of MilitaryTownAdvisor.com