5 must-have apps for your spring break family vacation


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.


History Here

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.


Field Trip

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 like.

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.


Oh Ranger!

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.


Living Social

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 bucks.

One of our favorites is Living Social (Free, iPhone and 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.

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