Top travel apps

GasBuddy

GasBuddyTaking a driving trip across the U.S. this summer? Then this app could prove to be invaluable. Sure, in the cities you’ll find gas stations everywhere, but when making your way across more obscure areas, they may be a little more difficult to come by. The last thing you need is an empty tank in the middle of Kansas.

The GasBuddy app is your guide to locating gas stations, and even gives you the prices you can expect to pay for a gallon of the good stuff. The latter are user-submitted, and are pretty reliable.

Of course, in the end, you won’t care what gas costs if you’re running on fumes and there’s only one station for miles.

FREE

iExit

Remember all those fun family vacations in the car, driving through unfamiliar states, with Dad at the wheel and Mum on the map, desperately looking for the right exit?

iExitThe Griswolds could probably have really used the iExit app on their way to Walley World, as it tells you what’s coming up on the road ahead and how it can benefit you and your trip.

Food, lodging, campgrounds, ATMs and more are revealed, with the app either reading your present location if you allow it, or searching by highway if you know your route.

Information like this will prove invaluable when you’re tired and just want to rest your weary head.

$0.99

Touchnote

With the advances in technology today, it has set the personalized side of communication back a bit. “Snail mail” that used to include birthday cards, handwritten letters and similar items is now reduced to bills and flyers.

TouchnoteEmail is a great thing, but it’s still nice to receive something personal through the post once in a while.

The Touchnote app will send a physical, customized postcard on your behalf to loved ones around the world. Just select a picture from your camera roll, add a message, and Touchnote will print it and send it to anywhere with a working postal service.

Okay, it won’t be your handwriting, but if you don’t have the time to send the real thing, this is the closest you’ll get to it.

$1.50 to $2.99 per card

 

Packing Pro

Going on a trip can be a wonderful thing. Packing for it is another story.

Packing-ProReally organized travelers probably put their cases together days before they fly, reducing the risk of forgetting a vitally important item. However, the other 90 percent of the world (we’re guessing that number) that packs at the last minute could get a nasty surprise when they arrive at their destination, in the form of missing medication or similar.

The Packing Pro app breaks down the arduous packing task into its basic parts, ensuring that you keep on top of everything you need and don’t stress.

Recommended by many top online sites, it clearly knows what the traveling populous needs.

FREE