Heading to an unfamiliar city for spring break this year?
Download a few of these apps before you go for an easier and more
exciting family vacation.
Plotter (free, iPhone) is a map app mixed with the benefits of
social media. Before heading out for the day, you can plot your
family's full itenerary on a map so you always know where to go
next. Then, create paths so you know the best route to get there.
Save each map in your own personal map room in case you need to
reference it later.
And if you need recommendations, you can ask your Facebook or
Twitter friends for ideas.
The History Channel's History Here app (free, iPhone, Android)
is great if you're trying to sneak in an educational twist for your
kids over break. The app is map based and filled with info, photos
and video for the historic locations you'll encounter on your trip.
We tested it out on our iPhone around some of our favorite Chicago
spots and loved it. The app is easy to use so even the kids can
play tour guide for a while.
We all know family vacation can be a bit hectic. Field Trip
(Free, iPhone and Android) is great because you don't have to
remember to use it. Instead of keeping your phone out and the app
open waiting for something interesting to happen, Field Trip will
alert you when you're close to something your family might
We tested out Field Trip in Chicago and liked that we could
choose what kinds of "interesting" alerts we wanted. Categories
range from historic places and museums to food deals. Our favorite
though? "Cool & Unique". The kids will love it.
Sometimes we need a break from the museums, amusement parks and
tourist hot spots. Try Oh Ranger! Park Finder (Free, iPhone and
Android) on your next vacation for a little bit of time in nature.
We love Oh Ranger! because you can search for parks that fit the
activities your family wants to do, whether that's boating, fishing
or just picnicing.
Sure, we always think to use deal sites at home, but don't
forget to use those apps when you're on vacation to save a few
One of our favorites is Living Social (Free,
Android). Simply switch your location to wherever you're
spending your time off and look for deals. We like Living Social
because it is easy to navigate and tends to have more
family-friendly activity and meal deals, but Groupon and Google Offers are
good apps to have downloaded, too.