In News on Thursday 5th Jul, 2018

Five must-have apps for your next Australian road trip

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Road trips around the country can be made a whole lot easier with these apps. Source: Shutterstock.

Australia is a country full of stunning hidden gems that many of us are missing out on because of our eagerness to travel to exotic, foreign countries. If you are one of those travellers who is desperate to see the real and raw Australia, then there’s only one way to do it.

Even though it takes a bit more planning and patience, road trips are definitely the most intimate way to travel through the country. 

While a road trip was once reliant on a paper map and a good sense of direction, smart phones and clever apps have made the experience a whole lot easier and less stressful.

These are the apps you need to download before your next trip behind the wheel to make sure you don’t waste a moment of your time on the road.

  1. MAPS.ME is a super detailed online map that you can use for everything including directions, finding accommodation and looking for places to dine. The best thing about this app is you don’t need an internet connection at all. Unlike other online maps, you never have to worry about losing your directions when you reach areas that are out of service. Oh, don’t forget that it’s free!

  2. Australia on the Cheap is the road trip app for travellers on a budget. It not only suggests cheap places to set up camp or stay along the way but it also gives over 450 low-cost or free attractions to visit around the country. The app has plenty of reputable reviews and can help to plan a stress-free journey.

  3. Fuel Map will help you find the nearest or cheapest petrol stations to your exact destination. The last thing you ever want on a road trip is to run your tank empty in the middle of nowhere. Downloading this app might just save you a whole lot of time and struggle on those long distance drives. 

  4. Yelp is one of the best review apps that you will guaranteed be using daily. It’s a directory app that will not only help you find accommodation, restaurants, fuel stations or other services but also give you up to date reviews. You can use the reviews to determine a spot, but you can also use them to voice your own opinion to help others. Whether it was a great stay or it was somewhere you would never go back again, your opinion might help a fellow road tripper with their decision in the future.

  5. Visit by Road is a website that you could use prior to your trip to create your itinerary. It is the ultimate planning site that helps you discover the road less travelled as well as find those popular destinations you wouldn’t want to miss. It will also let you know of any events happening in the area that might interest you.

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If you have these apps downloaded, a good attitude and a sense of adventure then you can get ready for a memorable and stress-free trip of a lifetime!

Have you road tripped Australia? Did you use any other apps to help you out?

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