Embarking on a road trip through the UK or Ireland is a voyage into diverse landscapes, rich history, and varied cultures. Whether your journey takes you along the windswept cliffs of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, through the rolling hills of the English countryside, past Scotland's lochs and mountains, or navigating the cosmopolitan labyrinth of London, you're in for an unparalleled experience. Like your North American counterparts, tech tools are invaluable companions on this trek, transforming a simple holiday into an adventure steeped in local folklore, culinary delights, and scenic marvels.
We're not talking about the standard fare like Google Maps, Spotify, or Waze—those are givens in today's digitally-connected world. Instead, we're highlighting lesser-known but immensely helpful road trip-specific apps that can make your UK and Ireland escapade truly one for the books. These apps offer help for every leg of your journey: from planning out your exploration of Stonehenge or Edinburgh Castle, to utilizing a petrol cost calculator to maximize your budget, or discovering quaint pubs and off-the-beaten-path attractions that are the heart and soul of these lands.
Roadtrip provides a super clever way to budget for the fuel costs for your journey from point A to point B.
The app uses the make and model of your exact car to estimate the fuel cost! Perfect for deciding which car to take or splitting the costs with friends. It also has helpful links to find accomodation at your destination, all in one place.
We all know and love Google maps, but Roadtrippers takes things to the next level for road trips! It shows you all the exciting places you might want to stop and see on a road trip, including offline maps.
While apps like Roadtrip are great for splitting the cost of fuel, often there are other expenses like accomodation or dinner that you want to easily split with friends or family. That's where Splitwise comes in – everyone in the group can add expenses and the app with automatically figure out how much everyone owes. Genuis!
Having a typical weather app is great, but it can be really hard to plan what the weather will be like when driving across country. That's where Weather on the way comes in. It cleverly shows you the weather in every town you pass through on your road trip.
We love this lesser-known app because it's super well designed. It's especially perfect for budgeting and packing for a longer road trip. Used in conjunction with apps like Roadtrip for fuel budgeting you can get a great estimate for the trip costs.
Alltrails is an awesome app that caters specifically to those who like to go off the beaten track, with millions of trails all around the world, you can see ratings and reviews from other travellers who have done the walk. It's super useful for seeing the true time to explore some of the great walks across the country!
This awesome apps uses the GPS on your phone to guide you through different scenic locations across the USA, Canada, Australia, and Hawaii. You can individually buy each tour, and the app will intelligently tell see you are along the route and point out popular sights – just like a real tour guide!
This is an indispensable tool for those intending to camp or travel in a motorhome. The app provides information on camping sites, rest areas, dump stations, and even points of interest. With offline maps, CamperMate ensures you can find your way around even in the most remote corners of the country.