How Technology Can Enhance Your Summer Plans

By Katelyn Barone on July 15, 2015

Summer is a time to relax, enjoy the company of friends and family, and embrace the beautiful weather. While we’d all prefer to appreciate our summers outside of the workplace, it can sometimes be hard to plan the perfect outing. Listed below are a few technology guides that can help you spend your precious free time wisely.

Trip Planning Apps

Roadtrippers  

Roadtrippers is an app that helps you plan the most effective route for a trip, and also points out interesting stops to make along the way. Attractions are sorted by category and contain such information as contact data, website addresses, reviews and photos. The app is map-based so it can also be used as a helpful real-time navigator.

This app is free and available for iOS and Android devices.

Tripit

If you like to keep an organized itinerary, Tripit is the ideal app, allowing you to plan a trip from start to finish, including hotel bookings, dining options and side trips. The app is especially useful for frequent fliers, as it goes as far as to send a notification if a better seat is available on a flight. What could be better than that?

This app is free and available for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows devices.

Foodspotting

Food is one of the key factors that can make a good trip great, so be sure to download Foodspotting to locate must-eat spots in cities across America. The app features user-uploaded photos so you’ll know what to expect before you arrive, and has user-created lists ranking eateries in the area based on pre-determined categories, such as BBQ or Italian.

This app is free and available for iOS, Blackberry, Android and Windows devices.

Summer Social Life 

Venmo

Making summer plans with friends is always fun, but trying to split the tab is not. Enter Venmo, the app that allows you to make and share payments with friends instantly using their email addresses or phone numbers. Sending and receiving payments is free and linking a bank account or debit card is easy.

This app is free and available for iOS and Android devices.

Time Out

Time Out is a social app available in 50 cities and 17 different languages, providing you with information on the best restaurants, bars and events when traveling to a new city or looking to mix up the usual routine. The app uses your location to recommend the best spots nearby, and event lists are updated daily.

This app is free and available for iOS, Android and Windows devices.

WiGo

Perfect for college students, WiGo answers the burning weekend question: Who is going out?  WiGo allows users to post a status if they are going out and, if they are, where they are headed. The app makes planning group outings easy, helping indecisive members see exactly what places will be most popular that night.

This app is free and available for iOS devices.

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