If you recently splurged on a new smartphone, you can use your device to help save a bundle of money and enhance your vacation experience this season. That's because there are many free and low-cost applications that can help you plan a smart road trip and find good deals along the way, says Nicholas DeRenzo, an assistant editor at Budget Travel magazine.
"The app market is enormous, whether you're on an Android, BlackBerry or Apple phone," he says. When people buy new smartphones, there are a few apps they feel they absolutely must have, and trip-planning apps should be in that category, DeRenzo says.
Here are five ways smartphone apps can help enhance your road trip. As long as you obey all texting and cellphone laws, and don't let smartphone usage interfere with driving, the apps can help you save money, find good spots to rest and be well-prepared for your trip.