Best US Travel Apps for 2014After buying my RV, the next sensible thing to do was to figure out where I can stay, what it will cost, and where I can get hookups. As a new RV’er, I really didn’t know where to start. So I went to the Apple App store and started searching. Here’s what I wanted to find:

- Rest Areas: Because they’re free, and a good way to keep costs down during my trip.
- Walmart’s that allow overnight parking (because they’re also free).
- Cheap campgrounds.
- Campgrounds with hookups.
- The best campgrounds (prices irrelevant).
- A way to find all of these things within a certain range of where I’m currently at.

Beyond the above, I didn’t know what else I needed.

When I began this search I was literally driving my new RV from Austin, to my home in Colorado. After a few hours of being in the middle of nowhere, with seemingly nowhere to stop for the night, I needed to find a rest area – and bad. I was tired and needed to get off the road.

I found an app I wanted to try, but being out in the boonies with bad reception, it took about 45 minutes for the app to download – ugh. However, my patience was rewarded.

First off, the app is called iExit – Interstate Exit Guide, and it was totally in my budget – free!

I’ll get into the details of the app at a later date, but for now, here’s a brief description. iExit shows all sorts of things, but I was looking for the nearest rest area. It took me about 3-4 minutes to get a hang of the basics, and I was off to the nearest rest stop where I spent the night.

But here’s why I was so happy about it. The rest area required me to take a highway I wasn’t planning on taking, but it wasn’t far – about 12 miles out of my way (well worth it at that point). Had I continued on the highway I was on, I would’ve been on the road for at least 90 minutes before finding a rest area.

There is a lot more to say about this free app, but I’ll save that for another time.

Since then I’ve also downloaded the Woodall’s and AllStay’s Camp & RV apps. Both offer a lot of information, but I haven’t had the chance to really use them yet. When I have some experience with each of them I will add that info to this page, and I’ll be creating more detailed information on review pages as well.

Lot’s of stuff yet to come!