Planning a road trip can take hours, days and even weeks to complete. First, you have to figure out the best route from point A to point B, and then you have to figure out all of the places you want to stay, eat and play along the way.
A number of websites and apps make it easier than ever to plan a road trip. Some sites let you plug in where you want to go, what you want to do and viola! your road trip virtually starts planning itself on an easy to read trip planner map. Other road trip apps keep you updated while you’re on the road, notifying you of the most affordable gas stations or if there are any upcoming accidents, checkpoints, traffic, and so forth.
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Before You Hit The Road, Where Do You Plan To Store All Of Your Luggage & Equipment?
Planning your road trip is only part of the struggle. You’ll also need to figure out how to cram in all of your clothes, camping gear, athletic equipment and anything else you’ll need. The more people road tripping with you, the more difficult this task becomes. If your car is stuffed to the brim there’s little legroom for people, which can make your road trip cramped, uncomfortable and far from fun. And since road trips are all about the journey, it seems a little counterproductive.
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Now that you’ve got the perfect option to store all of your gear and plenty of legroom to get comfy, it’s time to plan the perfect road trip! The following websites offer the tools you need to plan an epic road trip you’ll never forget.
#1. Roadtrippers | www.roadtrippers.com
Spend just a few minutes on Roadtrippers.com and you’re bound to start getting excited about all of the possibilities this trip planner map has to offer. The site is super easy to navigate. It starts off asking you for your Start point and Destination, along with points of interest along the way such as: hotels, attractions, natural wonders, and/or weird stuff—yes, “weird stuff” is an actual category you can select.
The trip planner map includes a left side tab where you’ll find sortable lists of hotels, restaurants, attractions, and accommodations, along with descriptions of each. From this list, you can add anything you want to your personalized itinerary. The site then compiles all of these things into a manageable driving route.
#2. GasBuddy | www.gasbuddy.com
Road trips tend to be fairly economical but they still come at an expensive, the cost of gasoline. GasBuddy is a free app that can help you save money on gas by telling you the most affordable gas stations near you. It relies on crowd-sourced information to provide real-time prices.
#3. Waze | www.waze.com
Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app. Not only is it great for everyday driving, but also it’s ideal for road trips. As drivers run into accidents, traffic, checkpoints and so forth, they can quickly share information to the site. If you get close to an area of issue, an alert will pop up on your app. This helps you find the best routes, avoid hazards and traffic jams, and get a free heads-up from millions of other drivers out on the road.
Download Waze for Apple devices
#4. Recreation.gov | www.recreation.gov
This government site is perfect for road trippers looking to explore the great outdoors through the many national parks and forests in North America. This site offers information about cabins to rent, epic camping locations, national monument tours and so much more. It even offers a ‘Create A New Trip’ feature that allows you to plan your road trip directly on the site.
Download the Recreation.gov app for Apple devices.
#5. Findery | www.findery.com
This is the perfect app for your next road trip if you’re the curious type that always wants to know more. Findery is sort of like traveling with a free tour guide, and one that’s psychic to boot. The app points out nearby places and reveals notes left by others including personal stories, photos, tips and so forth. You can also create public notes for future travelers to see, or create private notes only viewable by you and people you know.