What are the best resources for planning a road trip?

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    #1Tollguru Toll Calculator

    Tollguru Toll Calculator

    Have you ever been on a road trip and wondered how much gas are you expending? Have you ever find the right answer? Tollguru Toll Calculator provides you with this services and lets you know the gas cost for your vehicle. 

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    John Chang
    Written on January 19, 2018
    "Pretty cool app to keep track of gas expenses. This really gives you an idea of planning trip costs more accurately so you do not get caught off guard."
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    #2Slideshow: The Eight Best U.S. Road Trips

    Slideshow: The Eight Best U.S. Road Trips
    A slideshow about the grand variety of road trip-suitable routes that US possesses, from straight shots across deserts to stomach-churning switchbacks through the mountains.
    Websites

    Free

    Christine Elliott
    Written on June 11, 2017
    "Very cool list, I had never heard of most of these road-trips but they sound very interesting. I am down in Florida and I was impressed to see such an awesome road-trip in Arkansas for the autumn leaves so close to Florida. Now I really want to travel!"
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    #3Google Trips

    Google Trips
    Google Trips is a free app for travel, that allows you to organize all the info that you need in one place. It also gives you activity suggestions and daily plans for your trip. It's available for iOS and Android.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free

    Virginia Lee
    Written on April 9, 2017
    "I love that this is a good app for iOS. This app helps me find things to do in foreign countries. Most of the time, I end up eating at a restaurant during my trips and that's it. Thank you for the great suggestions Google Trips."
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    #4Hopper

    Hopper

    Hopper is an app that tells you when to book and when to wait with both flights and hotels. This free app also lets you get notifications about updated prices.

     


    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Billy Phillips
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "While this app is great in theory, it doesn't really provide much benefit to me. Usually when I fly it is on short notice. Therefor trying to wait for updated times proves to increase my ticket price. As far as comparing prices, I can do that on google maps. Still with that said, if you plan in advance then it would probably be helpful."
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    #5Roadtrippers

    Roadtrippers
    Roadtrippers lets you plan your next road trip by using Google-Maps based directions to lay out your route and helps you find all the stops along the way. With this service, you can save your trips, edit them, and calculate fuel costs, time, and distance.
    Apps

    Android, iOS, Other Platform

    Free

    Doris Williamson
    Written on February 4, 2017
    "Roadtrippers makes my cross country trips so much easier! I don't have to worry about where I'm going to stop and eat or get gas because I can plan it all out before hand. It makes it so easy to find things along the route I want to take, or find alternative routes if I need to, too!"
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    #6PackPoint

    PackPoint

    PackPoint is a packing list organizer for serious travelers. Users just need to enter the city destination, the departure date and the number of nights and this app will organize a packing list and luggage checklist.

    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Josefina Bravo
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "With the free version of this app you can actually plan what to wear ahead of your trip. No longer will you wonder, "will it be chilly at night, should I bring a sweater?" This app does all the work for you no matter where your destination. Remember to use it before packing not to check that you have brought everything while sitting in the airport."
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    #7[TUTORIAL] How to Plan a Road Trip

    [TUTORIAL] How to Plan a Road Trip
    This WikiHow tutorial helps you prepare a road trip by planning every single detail: the purpose of your trip, the places you'd like to visit, the logistics (fuel, food, costs, lodging) and so forth.
    Articles

    Free

    Jessica Miller
    Written on May 8, 2017
    "This tutorial was fantastic and informative. I loved the illustrations and the information made a lot of sense. There were a number of great tips on saving up money and resources for a road trip. It's better to be prepared than to be unprepared and caught off-guard with little resources."
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    #8TripAdvisor

    TripAdvisor

    TripAdvisor is a travel and restaurant website which allows you to book hotels, restaurants or even flights. You can even read the opinions of other users to know more about the place you want to visit. 

    Websites

    Free

    Cheryl Fernandez
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "Trip Adviser is an easy way to gather all trip Information in one place. Those planning trips can get hotels, cars, flights, etc. and read excellent reviews to help them make the best travel decisions."
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    #9XE Currency

    XE Currency

    Get all the currencies right on your phone's screen with XE Currency, the app that will tell you how much your money is worth everywhere on the planet and also prove live charts to see its value fluctuation. 

    Apps

    iOS, Android

    Free

    Douglas Howard
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "I was set to travel out of the country for a quick trip to Milan. One of the most useful things a coworker recommended to me was XE Currency. She told me this would be an invaluable app to have as it has all the currencies ready for conversion. It helps me view the strength of the current currency in other countries so I know I'm not being taken advantage of when I'm buying things on vacation. XE Currency I found to be very easy and straight forward to use. It has a lot of useful charts. The alerts I found useful also. Overall it's a great app if you're planning on leaving the country or you just have a fascination with currency and observing the rising and dropping trends."
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    #1030 Essential Things You Should Keep in Your Car

    30 Essential Things You Should Keep in Your Car
    Some of us keep absolutely nothing in our car trunks, while others have enough packed to live in their cars for weeks. Somewhere in between is this list of thirty things we think every car owner should always have on hand.
    Websites

    Free

    Daniel Hall
    Written on September 13, 2017
    "I've always been a fan of Lifehacker, and this article doesn't disappoint. I found the information in it very useful for my road trip to Colorado to indulge in pleasantries not allowed by my home state. The only downside was the lack of additional resources for me to check out."
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    #11Road Trip Planner

    Road Trip Planner

    Road Trip Planner is a premium app for iOS that is perfect for planning your next road trip, allowing to stick pins into a map when you find a place you want to visit, and then draw the perfect route to cross all the spots. The app is fully featured with useful information that you can attach to those pins.

    Apps

    iOS

    $14.99

    Heather Medina
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This app is helpful, but the graphics are not user friendly. If you tell the program where you want to go on your trip, it will determine a route for you. You can then enter site details and create an itinerary. Yes, this app creates a map for you; however many other sites and GPS programs do the same. This particular app is filled with boxes and screens rather than being a straight forward map. It will do the job, if you are okay with unnecessary details."
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    #12HotelTonight

    HotelTonight

    HotelTonight is a free to use website and app that lets you book hotel rooms on the same day and at attractive rates. This app also features in-app concierge powered by real people.

    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Abhinav Mehra
    Written on March 20, 2017
    "I was planning a road trip through the eastern US and I needed to plan out hotel reservations on the day that I am in a certain state. A friend recommended that I use HotelTonight to male my hotel visits and with this app I never had any problem in making my reservation."
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    #13BootsnAll

    BootsnAll
    BootsnAll has travel articles, RTW and destination guides, e-courses on taking a gap year and traveling around the world, a traveler community, and and easy-to-use DIY route-planner.
    Websites

    Free

    Justin Chapman
    Written on January 16, 2017
    "My family and I are planning a cross country trip later this summer. I decided that we needed help planning our routes, so I searched for resources and found BootsnAll. This travel guide provided me with methods to boost my ability to take more efficient routes and see more sights of interest."
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    #14TimeOut

    TimeOut

    Time Out inspires and enables people to make the most of 108 cities like Barcelona, New York, and more, across 39 countries. If you want to know about food, attractions, art, culture, shopping and nightlife, buy tickets and more, then Time Out is your social companion.

    Websites

    Free

    Terry Gonzalez
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "TimeOut is a great place to check out when planning a roadtrip. Simply pick your destination, and the site will show places to visit, places to eat and drink, and sites worth checking out. I highly recommend trying this site out next time you're planning for a road trip."
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    #15Tripphippie

    Tripphippie

    Adventurer, explorers, trotters, nomads; All are more than welcome in triphippie. This site is an online platform for assisting travelers to find adventure activities, trips, weekends getaways, tours and many more.

    Websites

    Free

    Marilyn Reid
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "I took their Bungee Jumping trip in March 2018. I absolutely loved it. The guide was so nice and the view was breathtaking (not to mention the bungee jump off that beautiful bridge). I definitely plan on going again in the future."
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    #16Trip Planner: Travel App India

    Trip Planner: Travel App India

    This app will help you plan your travel to India: it contains everything you need when visiting India, like hotel searcher, things to do in every city, most popular destination and tourist attractions and of course, the best sightseeing spots. 




    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Vishal Das
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "One of the best mobile apps available if you're visiting India. We used it extensively when we were there last year. Especially in choosing hotels because some of the choices there are substandard so the reviews of each one are helpful when choosing. Highly recommended."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for planning a road trip
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Tollguru Toll CalculatorApps 71 Free
2Slideshow: The Eight Best U.S. Road TripsWebsites 36 Free
3Google TripsApps 31 Free
4HopperApps 24 Free
5RoadtrippersApps 22 Free
6PackPointApps 21 Free
7[TUTORIAL] How to Plan a Road TripArticles 20 Free
8TripAdvisorWebsites 18 Free
9XE CurrencyApps 17 Free
1030 Essential Things You Should Keep in Your CarWebsites 15 Free
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