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Beat the August heat with these travel Android apps

by Kristen Nicole

August can be one of the best times to travel, as you want to soak up the last long days of summer. Whether you’re traveling alone, with the kids or with your friends, there are plenty of Android apps to help you make the most of August travel. Save money on gas, get the necessary weather reports during hurricane season and find the best local deals.

Gas Buddy (Free)

High summer gas prices can potentially bust your budget. However, you can save more than a few pennies if you plan your trip accordingly, leveraging Gas Buddy to find the cheapest fuel in nearest you. Spanning the U.S. and Canada, Gas Buddy is a crowd-sourced gas pricing tool that marks the cheapest prices across regular, midgrade, premium and diesel fuel. Help out other travelers by reporting gas prices at various location and you’ll be automatically entered for the weekly Gas Buddy giveaway.

YP Local Search & Gas Prices (Free)

No matter where you’re traveling to in the U.S., the Yellow Pages’ YP app can keep you oriented and find the best local cuisine, gas prices, deals and entertainment. There are over 18 million businesses listed in this app, from theaters to hotels, and even mechanics in case your road trip hits a bump in the road. The YP widget is handy for quick searches and local deals from participating businesses. Before you decide on a restaurant you can view ratings and reviews along with photos, menus and more. Heading to the movies? Get showtimes first. Pull up the directions and head out.

Golf Digest Course Critic (Free)

Find a course worthy of your golfing trip with Conde Nast's Golf Digest Course Critic app for Android. The app features a proprietary formula to evaluate courses, just as the true experts do when creating Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest list. You can add your two cents by rating courses from 1-10, and leave a comment as well. Each golf course details contact information and directions alongside Golf Digest’s editorial rankings, with lists for America, Public courses and the Best in State.

Camp and RV - Campgrounds Plus ($9.99)

One of the best apps for campers, AllStays Camp and RV - Campgrounds Plus is a must-have for roadies traveling this summer. Search for the best camp and RV sites across the nation, with map views to plot your road trip. You can filter the map by camp type, sorting through the amenities and services. You also get photos and reviews for national and state parks, along with contact information, directions, rate ranges, hookups and other pertinent information. The app even provides necessary alerts for road conditions, emergencies and varying state laws.

Disney Mobile Magic (Free)

My first trip to Disney World was late summer, right before the start of 3rd grade. It was a great time to head south to Florida, and what better place for a family trip? Get all the park info you need from Disney’s Mobile app for Android, planning the entire trip from your mobile device. The app features GPS-enabled maps, character locations and dining reservations. You can even check attraction wait times and load the FastPass to re-enter the park. There are also a few trivia games to keep you occupied while waiting in line for Space Mountain.

Surfline Surf Report (Free)

If you’re near a beach, take the opportunity to catch some waves. The Surfline Surf Report app offers real-time reports and 5-day forecasts for thousands of surf spots around the world. You can swipe through their entire database of breaks, or search for a specific beach location. There’s also live-streaming HD cams for some 100 breaks in the U.S. and Hawaii, giving you all the information you need to plan the perfect surf trip before summer ends.

Hurricane Software (Free)

The downside of August is the onset of hurricane season, making travel an iffy adventure depending on your destination. Track the hurricanes in near-real-time with Hurricane Software, which coordinates weather data and hi-resolution maps for a comprehensive report. There are  satellite images, warning information, email alerts and individual storm tracking, along with ongoing discussions on the various storms that plague the coasts every year.