Category: Travel Apps

The best road trip apps to get you through those long holiday drives: Don’t even think about putting the car in gear until you have these.

Let’s be honest. You know what most people are really thankful for around this time of year? Getting from point A (home) to point B (whoever’s hosting Thanksgiving) with their sanity relatively intact. We want you to dig into that turkey (or tofurkey — hey, options) and pumpkin pie with a happy grin, not a grimace. So, here are some helpful holiday road trip apps of all kinds that you can use to get you to the Thanksgiving table on time and in one piece.   The best driving apps for road trips Google Maps app Let’s start with...

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Retro postcards go digital with the ScenePast app

Even though it’s easy to snap and share plenty of great vacation photos these days, I do miss those fun postcards we used to collect and send during my family trips as a kid. But now with the ScenePast app for iOS, you can actually send those awesome retro postcards and give your kids a little history lesson while you’re at it. The ScenePast Americana app is a free travel app like nothing we’ve ever seen. It gives you digital access to tons of awesome retro postcards from every single state in the U.S., that you can share via social media or send to friends and family...

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Tunnel Vision app tracks NYC subway movement in real-time and it might just blow your mind

I’ve come across my fair share of cool travel apps, many of which we’ve covered on Cool Mom Tech, but once in a while I come across one that makes me scratch my head in amazement and think, wait, how is that possible, like the Tunnel Vision app. So get this: When held up against any map of the NYC Subway System (physical or digital), Tunnel Vision will automatically pull train data, turnstile activity, even census data for any particular area on the map. Whaaat? Seriously.   It works using augmented reality technology and by recognizing the station names, it...

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When you gotta go, there’s the Way2Go bathroom app

When my oldest was newly sporting big girl undies, my greatest fear suddenly became, What if she has to go, and I can’t find a bathroom? Now multiply by a factor of 10 for our trips into New York. Modern city parents, have no fear. Way2Go is a free bathroom app for iOS and Android that’s got your back. Or your backside. Launch the app and it will use location services to map exactly where you’re standing, along with the three nearest publicly accessible restrooms. Tap those individual locations to bring up specifics, like whether they’re open late or baby-friendly. Many...

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Findery app: Discovering a personal journal about locales around the world

I love to travel abroad and am lucky to have done quite a bit pre-kids. Because now? Please. Luckily, with the cool new Findery app, I can still uncover known and unknown gems about my dream destination, Paris, and anywhere else in the world The app is a mobile version of the  Findery website and is a mix of social network, social discovery and incredible travel resource all rolled into one. It was created by start-up rockstar Caterina Fake, who founded Flickr and Hunch (hello!), and she clearly knows how to build an awesome app, too. The app  is like a crowdsourced personal...

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Google Maps vs. Waze: A navigation app smackdown

Do you know the way to San Jose? Google Maps does, and so does Waze (We didn’t ask Apple Maps) which is why we pit them against each other in a Google Maps vs. Waze smackdown. So which one of these navigation apps is the better bet to get us to where we’re going, on time, and in one piece? First off, in case you don’t follow the tech trade news, Google acquired Waze last summer. Waze is still operating independently though, and we haven’t seen any public plans for integration. The unofficial consensus seems to be that Google bought Waze...

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Our favorite road trip apps to help you survive a road trip with kids

Taking a road trip with kids any time of the year can be an ordeal, but especially during the holidays, what with all of America doing the same thing on the exact same days. That’s where travel apps come in to make our lives so much easier if we’re hitting the highways this Thanksgiving–and beyond. Here’s a few of our must-have travel apps for holiday road trips with the family. For Getting Ready: Packing Pro app (iOS) One of the biggest challenges I’ve found traveling with kids, even for just a weekend, is packing. My kids have a tendency to pack...

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Using your phone on the plane: Now a reality. But is it a good one?

This has been a major week for air travelers and tech! First, Delta became the first airline to allow use of small devices on take-off and landing. (Something we tried ourselves this week and yeah, it was kind of nice not to have to turn off Homeland on the iPad at a critical moment just because we were getting ready for landing.) And now Gogo Wireless has some huge news that will keep us from unplugging ever even for one single moment.  (Uh, I mean make things easier when you have work to do at 30,000 feet up.)  ...

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The new Trip Stop app: Eat what you want, when you want on the road.

Looking for alternatives to fast food on the road can be tough. I’ve resorted to packing lunches, but where’s the fun and adventure in that? That’s why I love this new app that takes some of the frustration and guesswork out of eating on road trips. Traveling somewhere (or home from somewhere) this weekend? You’ll want to download it now. And it’s free. TripStop is a smart entry into the iOS app category of road trip apps like Along the Way. You enter your destination, tell it what you want to eat and–most importantly–when you want to eat it, along with...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

We’re obsessed with Pinterest! Follow us, then check out these 5 pins we shared on our boards this week. 1. One of our favorite designers now has iPhone and iPad cases. AND, you can buy them at Target. Be still our geeky hearts. 2. Need help finding the cheapest gas around? This handy app will help! 3. The coolest back to school kicks for your little Star Wars fan. 4. A dozen cool YouTube videos just for kids. They’ll be cracking up in no time. 5. Parents, here’s how to get permanent marker off your laptop...

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Ultimate Birthday Party Gift Guide

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