Category: Travel Apps

The best road trip planning apps and websites? Reader Q+A:

What is the best app or website for plotting out a road trip? We want to be able to enter mileage targets and also find interesting places to stop. -Danielle Thanks for the great question, Danielle! Tis the season for the family road trip and it’s definitely worth a little extra prep and planning in advance of a road trip to make the ride a little smoother. Here are some great websites and apps to help. -Jeana Roadtrippers Roadtrippers (above) is a fantastic website or try the free Roadtrippers mobile app for iOS so you can plot out your...

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Gogobot books travel, hotels and restaurants right from your Android. Yay for spontaneity!

Let’s just imagine that I’m standing on a street corner, chatting with a friend on my Android phone and suddenly she says “Hey, let’s go to Paris this weekend, stay in an reasonably-priced hotel, eat at some fabulously-reviewed restaurant and send pictures to all our friends so that they’ll be pea-green with jealousy.” This sort of request/demand from a mildly obnoxious imaginary friend used to send Android users scampering home to their laptops, but thanks to the new app from past Cool Mom Tech reco Gogobot, all the facets of planning a trip can be done right there on...

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Triposo is like Wikitravel meets Trip Advisor. On your phone.

If traveling more is one of your resolutions, have we got the app for you. Or at least the app for me. Because whenever I’m planning a trip, I love to research the area in advance, get a feel for the major attractions, learn about the pace of the city, the culture and anything else I can absorb before getting there. And this new travel guide app lets you do just that, without packing all those bulky books. (Does anyone use those anymore?) Triposo is a virtual travel guide app that houses information about major tourist cities around the...

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HISTORY Here, there and everywhere.

Wouldn’t it be cool if there was an app that could tell you about exciting historical places you might not even known were there? Like, right now? Right here, where you’re standing? Meet HISTORY Here. Developed by The History Channel, it’s packed with thousands of points of interest throughout the United States–think battlefields, museums, historical homes–with history buff experts from the channel adding new locales all the time.  What an amazing teaching tool for your kids while you’re on the road. Photos, videos and interesting factoids related to the location’s history make entries interactive, and if you want to...

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What’s Along The Way? Allow us to show you.

Planning a road trip? Here’s a great way to find out what you might be needing on the way. Including Zombieland. On the Way [EDITORS NOTE: Now seems to be called Along the Way] is a free and handy web-based app allows you to plug in your trip’s starting point and end point, so it can finds restaurants, stores, and attractions along your route, using Google Places and Foursquare. For each point of interest, you can add it to your trip–or just check out how many people are checked in, and browse comments and tips others have left behind. Does...

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An iPhone app to manage the agony and the ecstasy of booking travel

One of the things I like least about traveling is the very initial phase of planning and researching flights, comparing fares, and figuring if it’s worth paying $100 more to have a non-stop flight (it always is). The new Orbitz app, as we mentioned recently, has a cool interface which makes finding a flight easy. And now there’s another you definitely want to know about.   The Hipmunk app is a complement to the popular Hipmunk website, and lays out your travel options in a funky way. Rather than simply listing out all the options available, it sorts choices into...

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Travel blogging gets easier with Trip Lens

If you’ve got a busy summer ahead of you with adventures in new and exciting places, and you like to share your every move with your closest friends and family, a new app called Trip Lens is one to add to your packing, er, download list before you leave. Trip Lens is a social network of travel bloggers and a travel journal in one, that lets you save photos, pictures, maps and blog posts of your trip’s highlights. If you want to take advantage of the social functionality, simply register for a free account, turn on location services and it will give you other Trip...

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Are the Fodor’s travel apps as good as the books?

The Fodor’s guides have been travel essentials for anyone traveling anywhere for the last few decades. But can the Fodor’s app become a reasonable substitute for those pages and pages of great info? I gave it a shot. In preparation for an upcoming trip to New York–the first one with the family–I downloaded the Fodor’s New York City Travel Guide app to get a sense for which part of the city we should stay in and the kinds of things that are around the area. Do we go Chelsea? Or Union Square? Maybe Midtown? The app can help figure it...

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Orbitz, take me away

I usually don’t feel the need to “go away” on vacation during the summer months, especially since it’s already warm out and we live close to the beach. But after seeing a show on the travel channel about Tahiti, I decided that is where I want our next family trip to be. (Hey, a girl can dream, right?)  I downloaded the newly relaunched Orbitz app and decided to give my fantasy Tahiti planning a whirl on my mobile phone just to see how it works.  Since everything I’d need to book a trip from flights to hotels* and rental...

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How do you make packing for family vacations easier?

Any other parents in denial that the school year is coming to an end? Summer vacation beckons and lots of trips to the beach, trips to Grandma and Grandpa’s, and trips in general are on the horizon. Yay! That said, the planning leading up to all that traveling can be hairy to say the least, especially for us primary packers. If you’re a packing list kind of person, you’ll really like this super helpful app I recently discovered. The Packing Pro app offers the best of both worlds when it comes to packing, either letting you check off items...

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