We continue our Q&A series this week with a practical question that integrates travel and technology.
What apps do you regularly use as fulltime RV travelers?
We’re not the most tech savvy travelers on the road, but we sure do know our way around the iPhone. Some of the apps we use are specific to RV living and others are creature-comforts that help us enjoy the ride.
Here’s a breakdown of our top Travel apps:
We talked about this app many times in the past and it continues to be a huge resource for life on the road. The app has a huge database of private & public campgrounds, overnight parking locations, dump stations, road grades, and more! The map’s filtering tool is the best function of the app. We’re consistently able to find exactly what we’re looking for with the AllStays app.
This is another tool we love to mention – Passport America saves us tons of money and their app is quite functional. The app’s map has pins that drop down, marking all member campgrounds.
Note: AllStays has an option to search only Passport America sites – but, if we’re specifically searching for PA campgrounds, its quicker to use the PA app. I also imagine that PA’s app is more up to date with new member campgrounds.
The Gas Buddy app is great for finding the cheapest gas around. We use it to find the best gas prices in our current location and to plot out our gas fill-ups on travel days. The app is easy to use, and user generated – keeping the data base extremely up-to-date.
Apple Weather App
We use the basic Apple Weather App. It’s not as accurate or detailed as many weather apps, but we like the function for adding multiple cities to our “favorites list”. This function gives us a quick glance at the weather conditions of our future destinations. If you use a better weather app, let us know! We know there’s room for improvement here.
This is another generic app we regularly use. We guess it’s not the best “maps app” out there, but its easy to use and gets us to our location 90% of the time. We’re still searching for the best Map/GPS app – so let us know if you’re using an awesome one.
We love traveling with our dog – if we’re out exploring a town, we want River to be exploring with us. The Bring Fido app is a great resource for dog friendly restaurants across America. It also has many dog park locations and dog friendly hotels.
Zomato is a restaurant locator app with a huge database. While we don’t eat out often, Zomato helps us find vegetarian or vegan restaurants with ease. The app also has a price guide letting us filter options in our price range.
With the recent addition of our WeBoost cellular booster, the Speed Test app has allowed us to test our internet connect speed and measure the actual boost we’re receiving. Its also been fun to test different campground wifi connections and help us gauge what connection is best for uploading YouTube videos.
Spotify is, by far, our most used app. We’re constantly streaming music in our camper, outside, and while we drive. Spotify has great playlists, and it’s easy to create our own. Best of all, with our T-Moble hot spot, we can stream Spotify without eating into our monthly data allotment!
Tune In Radio
As football season approaches, Tune In Radio gets a lot more use. We’ve found that its the most expansive and economical way to have access to every NFL and college football game. The app also has a large audio book database, local radio stations, and lessons in foreign languages.
We’re always searching for great apps that compliment our fulltime RV traveling life. Let us know what apps you love!
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