The Best Apps For Entertainment On Long Journeys
Times certainly have changed. Instead of singing fun songs and playing the License Plate Game on long trips, we now have a new way to kill time – with the many apps available for mobile phones and other devices.
With nearly a million apps available alone in Apple’s iPhone App store, there are many options for youngsters and adults alike. Here are our top picks.
Kindle – Free
Amazon’s app, Kindle, features over a million books and hundreds of magazines and newspapers, which equals lots of time killing for travelers. Kindle is available for iPad, iPhone and other mobile devices, and offers Amazon’s Whispersync technology that syncs the last page read among other capabilities. The app is free; however you have to pay for most of the books, magazines or newspapers.
Candy Crush Saga – Free
It’s hard not to love what game manufacturer King has done with the invention of Candy Crush Saga. The game boasts 7.5 million daily users, over 300 levels of addicting mix and match sweets and seamless integration between the game and social media platforms. Users attempt to line up a combination of three or more of the same candy, gaining points and bonuses as you go. Before you know it, you’ve killed hours of time while passing through various candy episodes and ticketed levels.
MixBooth – $0.99
Users can’t get enough of this face morphing app, which can come in handy for the younger crowd when the need arises to entertain quarreling siblings. MixBooth works directly with the photos in your device’s photo albums or other added photos, letting users morph multiple images into one which creates some entertaining likenesses.
Change My Voice – Free
This fun app allows the user to record their voice, then alter the pitch, speed, tempo and volume. With playback, pre-made effects and sounds and the ability to save newly generated audio, ChangeMyVoice is a must have for boringly long journeys, especially ones with restless children looking for a few laughs.
Beat the Traffic – Free
When you have a long trip ahead of you, the last thing you want to have happen is to get stuck in traffic and have a difficult commute. Beat the Traffic is an app that shows the latest road and traffic conditions in the area so that users can find the most ideal routes to take to avoid delays. Pro versions are also offered for a fee.
Spotify – Paid
Often the best remedy for a long trip is the access to great tunes. Spotify is one of the most popular music apps in Apple’s App Store, giving users access to millions of different songs with a reliable streaming service. Spotify itself is free, however for use of the app anywhere, users must upgrade to Spotify premium for $10 a month.
GateGuru – Free
CNN rates GateGuru as one of the top 5 air travel apps available, and it certainly lives up to the billing. GateGuru gives users access to flight and airport information for day-of travel. Featuring a seamless and appealing design, users can also reserve car rentals with discounted rates at the last-minute if needed. Also, GateGuru shows information on airport weather, information on terminal and gate arrivals and departures, potential TSA wait times and more.
Netflix – Free for Netflix Subscribers
The Netflix app is perfect for waiting in airports. Netflix users can pull up their accounts and watch their favorite movies and TV shows on their smartphone or tablet device. Hulu also offers a similar app for those with Hulu Plus subscriptions.
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