Essential Road Trip Planning Apps

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When I was a kid, my family took a one to two week car trip every summer. We ended up seeing so much of the country! By the time I graduated high school I had already visited over 30 states. We had so much fun plus we learned a lot about our country by visiting historical sites from coast to coast.

Back then my parents planned our trips by getting maps and guide books from AAA. It was a lot of work! Now, in the digital age, things are a lot easier! These are some essential road trip planning apps that will help you ensure that everything is in order for your next vacation.

For many of these you can start planning from your desktop or laptop and send the info to your smartphone, or else start right on the smartphone itself!

Essential Road Trip Planning Apps

TripIt– TripIt is a travel planning app that will not suggest destinations for you to try out nor will it help you plan your time at the destination of your choice. What TripIt will do, however, is provide you with the means of combining your travel confirmations, rental car reservations, itineraries and hotel bookings all in one spot for easy viewing. This makes things easier so you don’t have to look in one spot for your flight number and have to dig in another spot for your hotel room information. Another cool feature of TripIt is that it will let you know if there is a better seat on your flight so you have the option of switching it. You can sync TripIt will Google Calendar and it is available for Android and iOS platforms.

MapQuest– MapQuest is a route planning app that lets you enter in a starting point and your ending point and helps you choose the best route to get there. The app is flexible in that it lets you add in things like whether you want one-way or round-trip information or if you want to add stops along your route.

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MyRouteOnline– MyRouteOnline is another popular route planner that is available online. It is very easy to use and allows you the ability to export your route plans to either your e-mail, your cellular phone or your GPS device. Some of the features you get with MyRouteOnline include travel directions and interactive Google maps.

TouristEye– TouristEye is a travel planning app that is a bit different from the others. With TouristEye, you create a wish list of places you want to see. It can help you easily plan everything from a family vacation to a bucket list destination. The app features cool options such as waypoints and points of interest in the destination area of your choosing.

TripAdvisor– TripAdvisor is one of the more popular online apps around when it comes to travel planning. TripAdvisor is the ideal app to help you plan your trip from beginning to end. In addition, TripAdvisor has a ton of reviews for hotels and destinations as well as pictures and ratings.

How do you plan your road trips?' About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 8-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1. My husband travels a little for work and uses a few of these apps. TouristEye is new to me and looks like it could be a great addition to any family road trip!

  2.' Aimee Fauci says:

    We rarely have road trips anymore, it can be so expensive! We’ve RV’ed locally but I do remember the good ol’ days traveling in a car going wherever.

  3. Wow, I never knew about all these apps. I use MapQuest and Trip Advisor, but now eager to check out the rest. We have a trip coming soon and these are great!

  4. We use Trip Advisor and love it but I’ve never heard of the other apps you mentioned. I”ll have to check them out before our next road trip.

  5. These are great ideas! I’ve never used an app to help me plan a trip, but I think it’s time that changed.

  6.' northroad says:

    I’m using a navigation app Spyglass that supports different maps, depending on my current needs: google maps, apple maps, open street map and open cycle map. It’s also very important that the app can read pre-downloaded maps when offline. Besides, it has many useful features for those people that are not very good at orienting. The app shows your current position on the map, can save waypoints and locations, for example, your car or your hotel location.


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