10 Travel Apps for Your Next Road Trip

Road trips are great for family travel, giving everyone the opportunity to bond, learn, and experience new people and places along the way. There’s just something about a road trip that says “quality time.”

But just because you’re kicking it “old school” by hitting the road, doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate a little bit of modern technology to enhance the experience (in fact, we think you should!).

To help along the way – with everything from getting directions to finding the best places to fill up the gas tank – we’ve rounded up the 10 best travel apps for your next road trip. Buckle up!

1. Instagram

OK, so Instagram isn’t solely a ‘travel’ app. But we think it’s the perfect app to capture life on the road. From photos to short video clips, Instagram will help you remember the highlights of the journey – and help you make them look as good as you remember them with filters and other image/video editing enhancements.

2. TripIt

The best itinerary management app, TripIt is perfect for keeping travel plans organized for longer road trips. Use it to keep confirmation numbers, arrival dates, departures, and more all in one place. You can also plug in your destinations, and TripIt will automatically generate local maps, driving directions, weather information, and more.

3. GasBuddy

Find gas stations and the best gas prices throughout your trip with GasBuddy. Use the app to map your route and find out when and where to buy gas, and how much to buy for the best value for the trip.

4. Songza

No road trip is complete without a little entertainment, and when you tire of the radio, Songza is the perfect driving companion. Here you’ll find curated playlists that can be searched by things like mood or activity. Try searching through Songza’s Driving playlists!

(Pssst! You should also download these 10 top road trip songs before you go).

5. Audible

Take a break from the music and switch things up with Audible – the app that offers audiobooks and podcasts. Catch up on that book you’ve been meaning to read, or put on a story sure to keep the whole family entertained. There’s plenty to choose from.

6. Waze

The world’s largest community based traffic and navigation app, Waze is a must-have for your next road trip. Use the handy real-time reports to alert you of traffic conditions, accidents, traffic jams, and so on. Plan the best route possible with up-to-date maps and directions.

7. Foodspotting

Craving an old favorite in a new location? Worry not – Foodspotting will find it for you. So what are you in the mood for? Whether it’s a burger and fries, BBQ, dessert or a glass of wine (for the non-drivers), Foodspotting will show you the way.

8. AroundMe

No matter what you’re looking for, AroundMe will find it. Need a drug store? Just let the app know. Looking for an ATM, a nearby movie schedule, or even just entertainment suggestions around you? This is the perfect tool.

9. Google Maps

Google Maps is simply one of the best mapping tools out there. Use it for directions, travel time estimations, and GPS.

10. Roadside America

This one’s just for fun! Roadside America is your guide to “uniquely odd tourist attractions” in the US. Use this app to discover off the beaten path oddities and quirky roadside attractions to make your road trip that much more exciting and memorable.

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The 10 Best Road Trip Songs of All Time

There’s no denying it – there’s just something about a road trip that can feel so – well – magical. And part of that excitement and adventure is always about the music. It’s what helps get you pumped up, energetic, and alert when the road stretches for hours ahead of you.

So what songs are the best road trip songs of all time? Well, in our opinion, your road trip playlist just isn’t complete without these famous tunes. Sit back and enjoy the ride!

10. The Distance – by Cake.

The second single released from the album Fashion Nugget, The Distance is considered to be one of Cake’s most popular songs. You’ll see why.

9. I Drove All Night – by Cyndi Lauper.

Originally intended for Roy Orbison, it was Lauper’s version that quickly became a top 10 hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1989. Covered by many other artists since, Lauper’s version remains a true classic.

8. Running on Empty – by  Jackson Browne.

Ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” we couldn’t have a top songs list without including it!

7. Don’t Stop Believin’ – by Journey.

Everyone loves this song. It’s catchy, inspirational, and downright fun. You can’t have a road trip without believin’, and no road trip is complete without it!

6. On the Road Again – by Willie Nelson.

A song about life on tour, anyone on a longhaul trip will relate to this song – one of Nelson’s most popular and recognizable tunes.

5. Born to be Wild – by Steppenwolf.

Everyone’s favorite line that’s become an icon for highway travel ever since the 60s:

“Head out on the highway, lookin’ for adventure.”

4. Keep the Car Running – by Arcade Fire.

Just like the song suggests, there must be something better down the road. And you’re about to find it as you drive along to this popular tune.

3. Ramblin’ Man – by the Allman Brothers.

There’s just something about the rambling lifestyle that’s so appealing. So as you roll down the highway, listen to this song and enjoy that coveted taste of freedom.

2. Graceland – by Paul Simon.

The soundtrack to every road trip in the 80s and 90s, the entire Graceland album is a car ride must-have. A song about the singer’s thoughts during a road trip of his own, it’s the perfect driving song.

1. Hit the Road Jack – by Ray Charles.

Also one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” you’ll need this song on repeat as you hit the road – every time.

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