Smartphones sometimes govern – but also improve – our lives. We search for random bits of information, read blogs and emails, tweet, chat, listen to music … and sometimes we can even use them to study or get organized. There are even certain apps you can use to make your spring break the best ever.
Here are some fantastic smartphone apps to use during your vacation.
From the Mountains to the Beach to the Amusement Park – How to Know When to Go
On the Snow Ski and Snow Report App(iphone and android, free) lists slope conditions at all the resorts near you, plus it gives you testimonials and live camera feeds.
Surfline Surf Report (iphone and android, free) lets you check out the surf without being anywhere near the beach. If you’re willing to pay for the app, you also get a live streaming HD video that shows popular beaches around the world and live weather updates and forecasts.
Disney Mobile Magic (iphone and android, free) lets anyone headed for Disney for spring break to see instantly which rides have the shorter lines and where your favorite Disney character is at any given moment. You can even make dinner reservations.
Stuck in Traffic or Flight Delayed? Don’t Despair
If you’re bored at an airport, check out GateGuru (iphone, android, free). It lists everything fun there is to do in your terminal and throughout the airport. You can search for where to get the nearest mojito, massage, mani-pedi, even play areas. You’ll never have to sit around the gate waiting again.
Want to know where to eat or whether you should stop for gas now or later? Check out RoadAhead (iphone, free). It finds you on any U.S. highway and displays the nearest gas stations with their prices, food choices, nearby merchants and the best exits to reach all of them. Combining a few different apps on android can get you the same services, although rumor has it android is developing their own version of this app.
For your standard search of nearby points of interest, Yelp of course still has a corner on the market. You can go directly to the Yelp website or use the smartphone versions on iphone and android.
Finally, Roadside America (iphone, Garmin Nuvi, TomTom and coming soon for android, prices vary) can guide you to offbeat places along your route, like the world’s largest ball of twine or the largest shoe house.
Whether you are taking a vacation or staycation, use these apps to make your experience remarkable.
What are your favorite travel smartphone apps? Share your discoveries in the comments.