The weather is hot, the sun is out, and summer is heating up. Living in Vancouver we are in perfect driving range from a variety of big festivals, outdoor events, and camping.
Creating the atmosphere for a memorable road trip used to take a long time. You had to get your maps out, look at all the attractions you wanted to stop at and create the perfect mix cd.
Now in the world of apps there are thousands of options for all these tasks.
Here’s a few of the apps the Zappz team is loving to help make that summer road trip even better.
Spotify: There are a couple of very popular music apps, but Spotify is still on top. Their free option allows you to stream music, create your own playlists, and has over 30 million songs to choose from. Subscribe to the premium version and download playlists to your device to take on the road while saving your data usage. Now that apple is creating their own music streaming service it will be interesting to see if Spotify can hold their number one spot.
Animoto: With this app you can easily turn your road trip photo’s into amazing videos. Pick images and/or videos from your camera “roll,” create the perfect mood with a song (either one provided by Animoto or uploaded from your phone), choose a background, and hit create. You can then share your video via messages, email, Twitter, and Facebook.
Heads Up: Created by Ellen DeGeneres, Heads Up is usually meant for family events, but it makes for a great time on the road. How it works is the person guessing holds the phone up on their forehead and the others get them to guess what is on the screen… all while filming the shenanigans.
Mad Libs: Mad Libs is an old-school game that has been moved to the app world. Mad Libs asks the players for words and then puts them into a story that you then read. The app comes with a couple free stories, and then asks you to purchase more.
Family Car Games: This $2 app is not a typical game, but more a resource for over a 100 no-equipment-needed games you can play on the road. They are all family friendly, and you can sort through them by age, friendliness, difficulty, or type of game.
Waze: Waze is a great navigation app that offers multiple routes, real-time traffic, speed trap notifications, and gas price comparisons. It is a community-based app, which means it’s updated by other users. This app is great because it combines multiple app functions into one.