Have you considered hitting the road in a motorhome or travel trailer, but you’re just too intimidated by going it alone? There are thousands of “solo travelers” that have thrown their inhibitions aside and jumped into RVing with both feet and we want you to become one! That’s why Camping World has put together a series of articles to encourage those who want to travel but haven’t quite figured out how to do it alone.
Today we’ll look at the Apps for the Solo Traveler.
Today’s technology provides some reassurance and assistance to those who enjoy solo travel. We’ve found several apps that offer safety, community, entertainment, navigation and destination help for you on the road.
- RedZone Map – shows you the safest route of travel based on crime data, as well as current incidents as they are reported (both Android and iOS).
- TripWhistle SOS Global – will call the local emergency number and share your location with emergency responders if you travel to different countries (iOS only).
Emergency Info Apps
- ICE (In Case of Emergency) – lets you store all of your medical history in one place, including blood type, allergies, and contacts. It even works from the lock screen on your phone (Android only).
- Drop Box – use this cloud-based service to hold important documents for access from wherever you travel, like medical records or veterinary records for pets (Android and iOS).
- CityMaps2Go – this app doubles as a map and guidebook to cities. You can download an offline map and input your destinations, then ask for suggestions, even if you don’t have wifi or cell service (Android and iOS).
- Allstays Pro – full-screen maps with everything from dump stations to campgrounds, low clearance roads and even Walmarts that allow overnight parking (Android and iOS).
- Google Maps – use this service on your phone for GPS directions, local business suggestions, etc. (Android and iOS).
- Gas Buddy – this app will give you up-to-date gas prices based on location. You can also attach a debit card to it and save $.05 per gallon at most gas stations (Android and iOS).
Contact Other Solo Travelers Apps
- SoloTraveller – search for other travelers at your destination with filters for age, gender or interests (Android and iOS).
Contact with Locals Apps
- VizEat – if you don’t want to eat alone, check out this app to connect you with private homeowners who cook authentic local meals in their homes (Android and iOS).
- MealSharing – offers home-cooked meals around the United States (only online).
- Oh, Ranger – discover state parks and national monuments on your route (Android and iOS).
- Roadtrippers – plan your own tour with interesting destinations and unusual roadside attractions (Android and iOS).
- Peek – find activities near your location that are specific to your interests (iOS and online).
- Viber – use this wifi enabled calling service to avoid roaming charges anywhere in the world (Android and iOS).
- WhatsApp – free calls and messaging around the world (Android and iOS).
Social Networking Apps
- Instagram – many users find other travelers in a destination they are heading to by announcing it on their Instagram profile (Android and iOS).
- Meetup – this is an online schedule of events, get-togethers, and meetings based on location and interests (Android and iOS).
Obviously, this is just a few of the many options you will find to make your solo journey more enjoyable and your travel smooth. Be sure to utilize these and add some applications of your own as you discover them along the way.
What apps do you use? Tell us in the comments below.