City Girl’s Guide to Road Trips: Tech Style


No, really…8 hours is a long time to be in a car with someone who LOVES to sing musicals! But, let’s start at the beginning.

I’ve known about this trip for almost a year now and when it was time to pack up the car, you would have thought I just found out about it. Neverless, we hit the road ready to attend our organization’s National Convention in Greenville, SC. Of course, I had my tech arsenal at full force and fully charged to tackle the open road!



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Mea and I are true roadtrippers–we live for the open road, blue skies and random pit stops for peaches (or Blue Bell). Neither of those were attained on this trip but we did make a stop to The Flying Biscuit, one of our new road trip favorites.

The biscuits…

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Peep our creamers in the back! That’s just how we roll…

We tracked our trip using the web app RoadTrippers, which is describes itself as ” a simple and intuitive road trip planner that helps you discover, plan and book the best places and experiences along your way, curated by local experts and travel writers.”

You know I jumped when I heard food…but I digress. Below is a map of the Roadtrippers interface. They just recently introduced a mobile app and a TON of new features.

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Tips to survive tech riding:

Keep the chargers handy:

Before we left, we were supposed to grab the extra iPhone charger out of the car but we forgot. Sharing a 30-pin connector between 4 devices was NOT fun. Folks..don’t forget the car chargers!

Make sure the GPS is on:

I am starting to come around on the Google train but there is still no love in my heart for Google Maps. No. No…No. Waze has live traffic, police alerts and you can even “thumbs up” other users that leave tips about road conditions. You can learn more about it 1


Good music makes the trip:

I know I drive folks crazy with my love of Spotify…but listen. It is a gift from the tech gods that EVERYONE should experience. 10 bucks a month for UNLIMITED mobile streaming, playlists, and an extensive library. What are you waiting for?

Also, I am a HUGE fan of “The Read” Podcast hosted by Kid Fury and Crissle. It’s my weekly treat and something that I look forward to every week. Check it out on iTunes and let me know what you think! It was a mainstay throughout our trip.

The Read podcast

The Read podcast

Overall, It was a great trip! I got a chance to see members of both Groove and Swing family that I hadn’t seen in a while, relax for a bit, and drink all of the Cook Out milkshakes my stomach could hold!

What are some of your tried and true travel tips? List them below!

BTW: I’m participating in the #31WriteNow challenge for the month of August courtesy of fellow blogger, Luvvie! Check out more information here.