Your summer holidays should always be all about relaxing, having fun and wellbeing. Even when you need to hit the road and eat up the miles to reach your “farniente” destination. Say farewell to traffic jams, tolls, exorbitant service stations and bad quality roadside restaurants? Sound impossible? Far from it! Many apps are now available with great ideas for when you head off on your holidays.
First thing to do before you take the wheel and set off for your holidays: get a good GPS to avoid getting lost on the way. MAPS.ME does this job perfectly and, unlike its rivals, this app is completely free. And if you are worried about using up your 4G data, MAPS.ME also offers an extremely comprehensive and very frequently updated offline service. An outstanding little compass.
At peak departure times, the slightest pit stop to fill up with fuel can be a perilous venture. To avoid a remake of Mad Max, Zagaz will find fuel pumps close to you and let you know their opening times, prices and whether you can pay by bank card 24-7. Even better, thanks to its “warning” feature, Zagaz shows you differences in prices between service stations on the motorways and those in surrounding areas, which are often less expensive. With Zagaz, your holiday journeys can really be hassle-free.
In addition to your GPS, this fun, intuitive app, powered by a very active community, will be your best co-pilot. Accident? Waze warns you. Traffic jams looking likely? Waze anticipates them. “Badly placed” speed camera? Waze locates it. And if you face all of these at the same time, the app suggests adapted alternative routes.
For just €3.99 ‒ cost of purchase covered by one single journey between Paris and Lille ‒, the Péago app aims to save you 25% off your usual toll costs, which, in all honesty, can sometimes be prohibitive. Far simpler than the old school technique of cutting off onto national roads every time you enter a new area!
What you dread and fear, your young ones coming out with “are we there yet?” even though you still have several hundred miles to go. With CKanKonAriv, this dreaded occurrence will be no more than just a (not so) bad memory. An app that includes 11 platform games, over 4,000 questions for all ages, and, for smart little minds and wise old heads, a real-time journey tracker.
Are you or your family caught out by an urgent need, but there are no toilets on the horizon? As its name indicates, the “Où sont les toilettes?” or “Where are the toilets?” app will help ease your urgent needs thanks to 150,000 toilets listed throughout France. Yes, 150,000.
The mobile and tablet version of the famous travel advisory site is no doubt the best option when looking for a bite to eat in the middle of the countryside. With its geolocation feature, TripAdvisor will find the best places to eat in the area, instead of having to go to the greasy motorway cafe that you used to think it was so hard to avoid.
Following a long journey, you thought you had reached your dream destination. But you are out of luck, all the parking spaces seem to be full, so you have to turn around and spend time looking for a spot. With Zenpark, you can “book” a space before you arrive and pay per minute for short-term parking or access preferential rates for longer stays.
Typically, the app that you never want to have to use, but is always good to have with you somewhere on your smartphone. If you have a problem on the motorway, rather than taking risks by heading out on foot to find an SOS emergency phone point, the SOS Autoroute app enables you to make an emergency call without having to leave your vehicle. Safety first.
Last but not least, connectivity! Available for all Orange and non-Orange customers, the Mon Réseau app enables you to connect to the best Orange mobile and wifi networks (while keeping control and having the option to connect to other networks). The app also makes it possible to test the networks available, checking their quality with speed tests or accessing network coverage maps. The app’s mobile and wifi speed tests are free in France for all Orange Mobile customers.