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Oh how I love road trips! I was never the one to stay in one (even most amazing place). I get easily bored and my travel ADHD can be channelled only when I am constantly moving. But I have to admit that out of all the possible summer vacations, road trips stand a high a chance to go wrong as soon as they begin. What you envision as an amazing character-building trip with friends or family discovering the world turns into a nightmare. So to avoid some of the horrors you might want to try some of those apps. They make your road trip roll smoothly, and can keep your family from attacking each other at the next truck stop.

Road Ninja App

RoadNinja

Available for Android and iOS.

If you’re on the road or stuck in the middle of nowhere, Road Ninja will find restaurants, gas stations, parking, nightlife, sushi or even vegetarian eateries, all within a 3-mile radius of your exit. With the free RoadNinja app you can view real-time gas prices and access RoadNinja special offers and coupons.

Hotelsbyme app

HotelsByMe

Available for Android and iOS.

What if your plans change last minute? The HotelsByMe app will allow you to find and book hotel properties worldwide from your phone. Offering real-time availability and hotel pricing in your area, this app pulls detailed TripAdvisor reviews on each hotel page, along with photos, map view, amenity check list, and rates. The booking process is secure and fast. We’re sure you’ll find the Hotels By Me is the best way to book a hotel room when you’re on the go!

Roadtrippers appRoadtrippers

Available for iOS.

Take the road less traveled with this app, which finds obscure small businesses and attractions on your custom vacation routes. Roadtrippers is a simple and intuitive road trip planner that helps you discover, plan and book the best places and experiences along your way, curated by local experts and travel writers. Eccentric roadside attractions, breathtaking natural wonders, or mouthwatering foodie feasts – Roadtrippers (both a web and mobile app) gives you a localized road trip, for a more adventurous feel.

OpenTableOpenTable

Available for Android and iOS.

OpenTable is the only app that helps you book a table at more than 20,000 restaurants in the US and Canada. Plus, members can earn dining points to pay for meals at any OpenTable restaurant. Choose a date, time, and party size to see all available tables in real time. Tap the table you want and the reservations is yours – instantly! This way you can make a dinner reservation while you’re still stuck in traffic three states away, with the OpenTable app. Restaurants opt in to the service, often providing menus, photos and more. You can search for available locations by price, cuisine and rating.

Field Trip app

Field Trip

Available for Android and iOS.

Field Trip, your guide to the cool, hidden, and unique things in the world around you is now on the smartphone. Field Trip runs in the background on your phone. When you get close to something interesting, it will notify you and if you have a headset or bluetooth connected, it can even read the info to you. It is literally alerting you to locations fit for a field trip: historical sites, architecture, entertainment, etc. The app talks about interesting places as you drive by and will customize recommendations based on your “thumbs up” or “thumbs down.”

BatteryGuru appBatteryGuru

Available for Android.

If you have a smartphone, you have battery problems — this is a fact of life. And it’s true for Android, too. If you’re taking a long road trip and haven’t invested in a car charger, BatteryGuru can help. The Snapdragon BatteryGuru app is designed to intelligently learn your usage patterns on the majority of Snapdragon powered smartphone. It then uses that data to optimize your battery life without disabling your smartphone’s functionalities. After a few days of “learning” how you use your smartphone and data, the app creates a customized battery optimization plan that’ll give your phone a bit more juice.

Project Noah appProject Noah

Download: Android and iOS

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. Whenever you are on your road trip, use Project Noah, a great app for discovery. Just upload a picture of a cool specimen, tag your location and it will document in the huge, crowdsourced science experiment that is Project Noah. You can also view any recent documentations near your area or filter based on organisms that interest you.

Sky Map app

Sky Map

Available for Android.

Ever wanted to camp out for the night instead of staying at a hotel? Then use this educational app to search for stars — as you see them. Sky Map turns your smartphone into a window on the night sky. All you have to do is point your device at the sky and the Sky Map will tell you exactly what you are looking at. Displays stars, planets, moon phases, constellations, messier objects and meteor showers.Sky Map uses GPS data, compass data and date/time to display planets and constellations viewable in your location. A similar free iOS app called Star Chart is available in iTunes.

Postagram appPostagram

Download: Android and iOS.

Want to keep family and friends up to speed on your road trip? When it comes to staying in touch we mostly rely on words but a picture can also do the trick. Just like postcards did in the pre-digital era. With Postagram you can capture any given moment using photos fro Instagram, Facebook or Camera Roll and create a great Postagram. Then you this very unique postcard can be send to anywhere in the world. Each Postagram costs only 99 cents to send, yet first three are for free. You take the picture, write the message and the app sends your creation anywhere you’d like.

The Traveler appThe Traveler

Available for Android.

Created at Ball State University, Traveler is a trip journal and digital sketchbook, designed for anyone who travels and wants to capture the experience in one seamless package.Traveler features the integration of captured photos, short videos, drawn sketches, recorded audio files, quick location markers, and GPS tracking into a package that allows the user to organize information and media in an efficient and travel‐friendly interface. When you capture photos and videos, the app will add corresponding markers to your map. Compatible with the newest version of Google Maps, it takes pictures through the app’s action bar.

If you’re planning your next road trip you may want to read some more about the great mobile apps to take amazing picture with just your smartphone.