3 Must Have Apps for Your Next Road Trip!

BY: - 27 Jan '15 | Travel

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We’ve all decided to travel more in 2015. Our vacation funds have been started and a fabulous vacation is definitely in our near future. Roadtrips are great starts to any vacation and to help you enjoy your road trips this year, we’ve discovered a few apps that will help keep you happy along the way.

There’s one thing that can stop a road trip in its tracks…traffic! There’s no app or genie to get rid of traffic but there is an app that will keep you informed and offer new faster, less congested routes.  The app is called ‘Inrix Traffic App.’  Inrix helps you discover the best route by updating traffic every minute from billions of data points with real time, accurate travel information saving valuable time and gas.  Inrix warns of construction, accidents, events, police activity and historical traffic patterns giving you the most complete traffic data available. Our favorite features on this app are:  ability to share arrival times with family and friends and the list of traffic cameras on your route.  Inrix is our favorite kind of app, it’s FREE! Click here for more information.

The car you are riding in on your road trip is very important but there’s one place along your road trip route that is equally important and it’s the bathroom.  Gotta go on the go?! There’s a fun cute app that can help you find clean public restrooms all over the country.  The folks at Charmin created the ‘Sit or Squat’ app, to help travelers find clean restrooms.  You can also rate and share the restrooms you like (sit) or the restrooms that could be a lot better (squat).  ‘Sit or squat’ is available for iPhone and Android phones/devices and it’s also our favorite kind of app, it’s FREE!  For more information please visit www.sitorsquat.com.

On long road trips you might want to stop and enjoy a fun family attraction.  ‘Roadside America’ to the rescue!  This app lists in-depth information and maps on 10,000 plus of the nations funniest and weirdest must see attractions. You can share in the fun by sharing your own photos taken in the app or by submitting tips through www.roadsideamerica.com. ‘Roadside America’ is currently only available for iPhones for $2.99 for one of seven regions in the US or Canada.  Additional regions are $1.99.

BMWK family what’s your favorite app to use on roadtrips?

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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Book One of These Top 3 Destinations to Celebrate “Black Love Day”

BY: - 3 Feb '15 | Travel

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‘Black Love Day’ (February 13th) and ‘Valentine’s Day’ (February 14th) are fastly approaching and there’s still time to plan a special surprise for your sweetheart. What’s the best romantic surprise?  A romantic getaway!  Everyone loves a weekend getaway especially a romantic one with just you and your boo! To help we’ve put together a list of the top cities in the country, perfect for a romantic couples’ getaway.

Las Vegas Baby! In addition to being the city for gambling and must-see shows, Vegas is also a popular romantic getaway.  5% of all marriages take place in Las Vegas and with its 50 plus wedding chapels, it’s a perfect place to get married.  Vegas is also a perfect city for celebrating your love with its fabulous hotels, unique concerts and shows and wonderful variety of delicious dining options.  Visit www.Vegas.com for the complete list of Valentine’s Day dining specials.  Click here for the list of current shows available including ‘Boyz II Men.’

New York, NY!  Everybody loves the big apple, New York City.  The city that never sleeps is a fabulous destination for a couples’ getaway celebrating ‘Valentine’s Day’ or ‘Black Love Day.’  Enjoy a day of sightseeing and shopping at the iconic Macy’s on 42nd street or at the fabulous boutiques downtown.  Cap the night off with an evening of theater by taking in a Broadway show, followed by diner at a great restaurant.  Click here for TripAdvisors official list of great restaurants near NYC’s theater district.

Miami, Florida. “Welcome to Miami!”  Miami is one of my favorite cities and is absolutely perfect for a couples’ getaway. South Beach, also known as the American Riviera, is a very popular tourist destination.  Staying directly on ‘Ocean Drive’ puts you within walking distance to fabulous restaurants, nightclubs, one-of-a-kind boutiques and the beach.  One of my favorite hotels on Ocean Drive is the gorgeous ‘Winterhaven Hotel’.  It’s pricey, but a gorgeous property with excellent service and accommodations.  If you’re a sports loving couple, rent a car and take in a Miami Heat game and cap the night off with diner and drinks at one of South Beach’s fabulous restaurants like “Lario’s on the Beach.” Click here for more information on events and special offers during February aka  ‘Miami Romance Month.’

BMWK Family what are your favorite cities for a romantic getaway?

 

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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