The Best (Free) Road Trip Apps

Up your #vanlife game with these apps that help you find camping spots, compare gas prices, and avoid city traffic …

My boyfriend (now husband) and I once circled America in our Sprinter van. We learned a lot in that yearlong road trip: how to find ideal urban camping spots (hint: it involves Zillow and tall hedges), how to pee in a bucket in a moving vehicle, and how to make 27 different one-pan stir-fries. But we also learned how incredibly reliant we are on technology—not always in a bad way. As much as we used the trip as an opportunity to unplug, we relied on our smartphones to plan our routes and figure out where to eat, sleep, and play. Here are the apps that became essential to our road-trip success.   more … 

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A Quick & Dirty Guide to Alabama’s Canoe Trails

The state literally has it all when it comes to paddling adventures.

Look at the Alabama state seal and you’ll see a web of lines that resemble veins. These mark major river systems that have been the lifeblood of Alabama, providing sustenance for people in region and fueling the growth of towns, cities, and industries. Over millennia, the rivers have also inspired people in this area to value nature—not only for its practical benefits, but also for its ability to help us relax, entertain ourselves, stay healthy and connect with others.

Each spring, the states rivers, streams, lakes and Gulf waters prompt people who love the outdoors to take up a paddle and explore. Alabama literally has it all when it comes to paddling adventures—dark alligator-infested bayous, raging whitewater, slow-moving blackwater rivers, and tropical Gulf water. There’s even a 631-mile paddling route from the mountains to the sea.

Within Alabama, there are also a number of canoe and kayak “trails,” where local boaters, organizations and state officials have identified specific routes as well as campsites and amenities available along the way. Whether you’re interested in day trips or longer paddling journeys, this quick and dirty guide will point you in the right direction with highlights of several prominent water trails in the state.

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Orange Beach Canoe Trail …