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Enjoy a fun Spring Break with these Android apps

by Kristen Nicole

Spring is in the air, and that means its time for Spring Break. Travel during this time of year is a rite of passage, whether you’re with college friends or the entire family. Your Android phone can help you stay on budget and on time, with these handy apps. From trip planning to photo-sharing, Android apps are there for every thrilling moment of your Spring Break adventures.

Getting there

Kayak is a useful travel organizer, aggregating flight, hotel and rental car searches into a single app. Free, this Android app also offers a travel itinerary for quick access to important information, like flight numbers, venue contact details, maps and directions. It’s an inclusive app that simplifies the early stages of your Spring Break escapades.

The Weather Channel app is necessary, whether you’re driving to your destination, or need to check the temperature before heading to the beach. With voice search, hourly forecasts, one-click access and local video highlights, this free Android app is essential for even the most carefree of Spring Breakers.

GasBuddy will keep your gas budget tight, so you have enough cash to party through the week. This crowd-sourced app marks cheap gas locations across the land, helping you map out your road trip efficiently. Filter by brand, add cheap gas locations you discover, and keep everyone’s travel costs down.

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Party time

WHERE is a local search app with personalized recommendations to discover new places, no matter where you’re vacationing. You can even pick places you and your friends will like, using the “Perfect Places” feature, along with a phone-bump. You’ll also get deals from local businesses, which is great for added cost savings during your trip. This Android app is free.

Another local search tool is Poynt, with categorized filters for restaurants, movies, shopping and more. Find concerts and events, or places for nearby activities. You can find businesses and people, check gas prices and search events by category. You’ll socially orient yourself quite well with this free Android app.

Google Maps can help you navigate the city, with driving and walking directions. Recent updates to this free app include public transit information for many cities, including train times. Use Street View as a visual aid, zoom in on 3D maps and fearlessly explore the local fare. With Latitude integration, you can even share your location with fellow Spring Breakers for a virtual buddy system.

The PicSay photo editor is an easy way to share vacation pictures, with stamps, effects and more. Share your photo creations with friends across all the major social networks, just to make them a little jealous. Super budget-conscious travelers will have no problem using the free version of this Android app.

For those of you that are serious about sharing your vacation photos, try the JustPictures! app. Free, you can upload batch images across a range of services and social networks, from Picasa to Flickr, Smugmug and Facebook. Create and view slideshows on the fly, view others’ albums and manage your album’s images.

TabbedOut is an easy way to track your bar tab, and even split the bill with friends. Whether you want to buy a round or pay for a meal at a restaurant, this free Android app keeps your credit card tucked safely in your wallet. Monitor open tabs, calculate tips and choose your payment method. TabbedOut is available at 170 or so venues across the U.S., with a GPS search for nearby locations.

Vacation recreation

As many Spring Breakers are destined to land in Florida, the Florida Beaches app is one to consider. Pan and zoom the state’s finest beaches or search manually. Get useful beach information, like surf conditions, weather, water temperature and bacteria levels. This Android app is free.

Ski & Snow Report is for those of you headed north for Spring Break, with information on resorts and ski areas across the country. This free Android app delivers powder points, new snowfall highlights, extended weather forecasts and reviews from other users. Share ski reports with friends, so everyone’s ready for a safe vacation.

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