Kick back and relax during Spring Break with these mobile apps

Mar 12, 2013

It’s Spring Break season for families and college students alike. Below are some essential mobile apps for taking care of vacation expenses, finding local events, and forecasting the weather. So, whether you plan on laying out on a tropical beach or hitting the ski slopes, these app selections will better prepare you for getting the most out of your time away.

My Disney Experience (iOS, Android Free)

For many families with younger kids, visiting either of the Walt Disney theme parks is the ultimate destination. Whether you embark on a cross-country roadtrip akin to National Lampoon’s movie Vacation is your call, but you’ll need a mobile app for consolidating the information about your trip. My Disney Experience should accompany families traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The mobile app provides detailed maps of the parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Typhoon Lagoon, etcetera), fast access for booking dinner reservations, plus event guides and schedules. If your rugrats want to meet Tinkerbell or attend Dream Along with Mickey, you can sign in and view wait times for events and rides.

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Trip Splitter (iOS $1.99)

Families aren’t the only groups that’ll be traveling to warmer climates and going on adventures during Spring Break. A road trip with college friends across unfamiliar parts of the United States can be an amazing and liberating experience. The more people you can safely cram into your car, the less money each person pays. Trip Splitter from DC Software is for managing expenses and divvying costs amongst a group of travelers. In the full version of this highly-rated iPhone app, it’s simple to create a trip with an unlimited number of participants and then enter the amount everyone owes for gas, lodging, food, and other accommodations. You can even add photos of receipts, events, and travelers.

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Eventbrite (iOS, Android Free)

Website Eventbrite has amassed an impressive following, selling more than 80 million tickets to various events. The mobile app is a solid pick for both planners and spontaneous types, as you can search for local events and buy tickets through the app’s thoroughly delightful interface. Browsing through categories like “Music” and “Conferences” produces some entertaining results, and iPhone owners can also sync up all ticket purchases with Passbook. The app’s search is refined, and results can be sorted by relevance, date, distance. For extra specificity, search filters can nail down events in specific categories, distances, and by price.

eWeather HD (iOS $1.99, Android $3.99)

eWeather HD from Elecont LLC displays the weather live through radar-infused maps and notifies you to sever weather changes in the United States or European Union. We don’t expect much to go wrong during your Spring Break vacay, but sometimes it pays to download the best mobile app instead of settling for a free one. Through eWeather HD you can access an hourly ultraviolet forecast, sunrise and sunset times. This way, you know if it’s safe to chill on the beach and soak up some rays.

Ski & Snow Report (iOS, Android Free)

Not every Spring Breaker wants to laze around a chlorinated pool or reek of tanning oil near an ocean. For those who prefer shredding snow on skis or a snowboard, Ski & Snow Report is an extremely handy mobile app. It boasts over 2,000 locations for skiing, improvements to layout and its TrailMap, and live webcams of the slopes. Ski & Snow Reports lists various “Powder Points,” locations where snowfall has been particularly impressive. The reports not only inform skiers and snowboarders as to which lifts and trails are open, they list recent comments by eyewitness accounts, so that planning your snow day can be a crowdsourced affair.

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Stephen Danos

Stephen Danos is the Associate Editor for,, and Appolicious. He has contributed to articles published on TechCrunchThe Chicago Sun TimesThe Chicago Tribune, and elsewhere.

He received his BA in English from the University of Iowa and MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks, Playhouse State (H_NGM_N Books, 2012) and Gravitational (The New Megaphone, forthcoming).

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