Plan your trip, find your way and stay entertained the whole way with these five apps
For many people, summer means embarking on an annual road trip. Technology can help make the planning and the adventure itself more fun, so here are some handy apps to help you do just that.
While Google Maps and Apple Maps are the two juggernauts when it comes to turn-by-turn navigation, Waze has always been in the running with the major players. Waze is community-sourced and has real-time data on traffic, accidents and other activities that will slow you down, especially in places you’re not familiar with. It has the speed limit on screen, different GPS voices and Spotify integration. You also get rewards for helping other drivers.
YouTube’s new music streaming service can already compete with the giants thanks to its strong recommendations algorithms and location-based playlists. It adds powerful YouTube features to the service such as contextual searches – simply type something like: “that Kanye song about Taylor Swift,” or search by lyrics. Plus, you can find music videos, live performances and covers by indie artists. There is a free, ad-supported subscription, too.
Google has made an app that acts as your personal assistant when it comes to travel. Called Trips, the app automatically pulls reservations for rooms, transportation tickets and more from your Gmail account, but they can also be added manually. The big thing here is that Trips will offer you personalized recommendations of things to do wherever you are staying based on your Google history and time of day. Never be bored or miss a hot spot again.
If camping and/or visiting parks is on your road trip agenda, then Parks Canada has a capable app to help with your planning. The National app has trail maps and options, special events, photo sharing and, most importantly, the ability to plan an entire Parks itinerary if you are visiting multiple locations. You also can unlock frames and stickers for photos to share on social media.
Not only is Pokémon GO still being played, the 2016 game has seen a major resurgence this summer thanks to new updates, more characters and additional community features. Whether you have kids or are just a kid at heart, traveling to new places in the real world can mean reaping big rewards in the game, too – perfect for road trips where you’re exploring towns and regions. Meet new people and catch Pokémon you otherwise wouldn’t have caught. It’s free and addictive.
Pro Tip: Make sure to explore your app store for additional helpful apps for travelling. And, as always, Rogers Share Everything™ customers can manage their data while on the road with the helpful MyRogers app. Find out more here.
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