Oh, technology. We have such a love/hate relationship. I absolutely love that I can use technology to keep myself from getting lost as well as get inspiration on what to make for dinner that evening, but it also tends to dominate too much of my day. I most definitely have a technology addiction. But when does technology really make my life easier? When traveling. I am really not sure how I survived traveling not only when I am by myself, but also with two squirmy little boys in tow without my favorite travel apps. And to make sure that your next trip is filled with wonderful fun and positive memories instead of stress and worry, be sure to download these 18 must have apps for traveling families:
This app comes in handy wherever you are (I can’t be the only one who gets lost a mile from her house, can I?!?) because it comes up with the quickest way to get from point A to point B, taking into consideration traffic, construction, etc. I am shocked how much time it saves me—and this app will ensure that you don’t get lost no matter how new the city is to you.
One of the best ways to pick restaurants and activities is to read about others’ experiences at these places. That’s why I love Yelp—the honest feedback and reviews. Yes, there are always some crazy people who are just plain never happy but you can get an overall feel of a place by the Yelp reviews.
Because when you gotta go, you gotta go.
I love the Trip Advisor app because it has both offline and online access to reviews anywhere you want to travel. It takes the guess work out of traveling and makes something that tends to be overwhelming as simple as possible.
I was shocked when my brother in law introduced these apps to me because they are so incredibly detailed and just plain amazing! For Seat Guru, it will give you information specifically about the seats on the plane, such as which ones have slightly more leg room, which are closest to the bathroom, etc. How cool is that? And Gate Guru is another great app because it will tell you what resources are around you while waiting at your gate. Wondering what food options are nearby? Where you can charge your cell phone? If you can pick up a quick souvenir? Gate Guru tells you everything.
TO ENTERTAIN YOUR KIDS
This app doesn’t just focus on learning the names of shapes. It instead focuses on spatial recognition and introduces and reinforces reasoning skills in a fun way.
Over 40 colorful and interactive puzzles for your toddler to choose from.
Your child will enjoy open ended and creative play along with Fins the fish. There is always something new to discover and explore under the sea!
This interactive and engaging app will help your child learn the alphabet with a focus on phonics and phonemic awareness through a wide variety of activities.
Your child will learn about shapes in a totally new and complex way using this app. It reinforces basic knowledge and then challenges the user to create new shapes and more complex structures in a very hands on way.
Focused around a creative bug city, your child will learn number skills in a new and nontraditional way. The animations on this app are amazingly cool and make math an interesting subject for even someone like me who dreads math.
Seriously. The Toca apps are amazing. Whether it is doctor, band, kitchen, store, train…they are all focused on learning through creative play with great graphics. Just be sure to turn the volume down.
School Aged Kids
Kids can explore different subjects and topics through the different movies of the week. The app will challenge them to question, connect, and promote their critical thinking. Get ready for some hard questions to be posed after the brain juices get flowing, parents!
Put your kids to work documenting your trip and other travels by using this story creator app. Kids can tell their own story using photos, videos, and text.
Your kids don’t have to like sushi…or even monsters…to love this game. This app is a game that focuses on math fluency in a fun and engaging way. Get ready to compete with your kiddos on your multiplication and division facts to see which monster reigns supreme.
TO DOCUMENT YOUR TRAVELS
Enjoy free photo storage and organize all of your photos in one place to use for social sharing, printing, creating, and beyond!
Print all of your perfectly filtered Instagram photo using this easy app. The quality of the prints, whether in single prints or in books, is the best quality of Instagram prints I have ever seen.
I’m excited to announce that I will be writing a travel section to my blog. So be on the lookout for ways to make traveling as a family easier and more amazing than you could have ever imagined. Is there anything travel related you want to read about? Let me know in the comments section!
Happy and Safe Travels!
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