Internet In Your Car: 5 Road Trip Apps to Put in Your Rotation

Internet In Your Car: 5 Road Trip Apps to Put in Your Rotation

This feature was brought to you by Chevrolet, the first and only car manufacturer to come out with 4G LTE Wi-Fi on board.

I remember not that long ago, when traveling for work, I’d have to pull out my oversized laptop and plug into a phone jack (remember those things? the ones with the cords?) and dial in to download my work email. Since I was a road warrior at the time, I only checked email once a day.

When going on vacation or a long weekend, disconnecting was easy: Don’t dial in. But now that Wi-Fi and internet are absolutely everywhere — 2015 Chevrolet vehicles are now coming off the line with 4G LTE ready to go — how does one actually have fun on a roadtrip while still ever-connected? Here are 5 roadtrip apps to put in your rotation that add a little fun into the mix.

1. Get your groove with some mood music.

With in-car Wi-Fi, you can stream all the music you could ever want. I’ve been a Spotify supporter from day one and it’s always my go-to – especially now that they have so many curated playlists and you can create your own unique radio stations based on a single song, artist, album, or you can even create a radio station themed from a playlist. However, join me in checking out Stereomood for something different. Get a boost for those longer driving stretches.

2. Take a mindfulness break.

As the cliche goes, getting there is part of the fun. Need to clear your head after a long drive? Struggling to “turn off” and be “on vacation”? In need of a break en route? Then take a few minutes with the Take a Break! app available on both Android and Apple. We’re big proponents of mindfulness here at Plum Deluxe so when you need to, take a break!

3. Don’t miss any off-the-beaten-path sights.

To be honest, there aren’t that many travel apps that I love. I don’t need all the extra “features” that many apps provide. But Roadtrippers has an interesting database of “unique” (sometimes underwhelming) sights that you might want to see while en route. Worth putting in your itinerary to see what pops up. I’m obsessed with quirky sights and this app always has something interesting on offer, from side hikes to off-the-beaten-trail museums and attractions.

4. Listen in to a new conversation.

I am obsessed with podcasts – I listen to them when washing dishes, taking a bath, or catching up on work. One of the best places to find and stay updated with the best podcasts and online radio programs is Stitcher, an online directory and hosting platform that the podcast providers use to host their programs. Browse the top shows or do a keyword search if you’re looking for something in particular.

(Shows I’m loving right now: Good Life Project, Dinner Party Download, and This American Life.)

5. Look towards the sky.

You don’t have to settle on travel apps that highlight your terrestrial surroundings. Skymap (Android) and Star Chart (Apple) transform the skies above you into a delightful array of astrological wonder. Read up on the stars and constellations above you while you sit by the fire or just enjoy a quite moment after dark. I’ve always been fascinated with the night sky and these apps will make you feel like you’ve got your own powerful observatory, right in your hand. (Note, I’ve noticed these apps are a drain on your battery, but not quite as bad on Wi-Fi.)

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And, most importantly, if you’re driving? Stay connected — to the road ahead of you. Texts, Facebook messages, and emails can wait. Please don’t practice distracted driving.


Chevrolet is merging the physical freedom of the car with the virtual freedom of Wi-Fi to become the first and only car company to bring built in 4G LTE Wi-Fi to the largest vehicle line-up. Visit http://s.chevy.com/TBX  to learn more.

This is a sponsored conversation published by Plum Deluxe on behalf of Chevrolet. The opinions and text are all the author’s.

Internet In Your Car: 5 Road Trip Apps to Put in Your Rotation

Andy Hayes

Andy Hayes is the founder and creator of Plum Deluxe. He authors our award-winning weekly email newsletter, The Blend and curates our popular organic tea of the month club.

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