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So you’re planning a road trip to get away from it all for a while, let loose, and just enjoy life to the full. Maybe you’ll be visiting friends or relatives across the country, or maybe you’ll be camping out in some beautiful natural environments, or else taking a tour of the historical and cultural centres of the land.
Maybe you want to do all of that, while also keeping costs to a minimum, and adopting a frugal approach to the adventure.
Whether you’re saving up your money for a trip to the local Mercedes dealership, or are just protective of your hard-earned wealth in general, there are various ways of keeping costs down effectively. You could pack homemade sandwiches and meals rather than eating out, for example.
But another way you can enjoy the trip on a budget is with the following free apps.
Project Gutenberg is an immense online compendium of legal, free ebooks. These aren’t just amateur works of fiction, either, but primarily literary classics for which the copyright has expired.
Whether you have an e-reader, a laptop, or tablet, or even just a smartphone, you can download an almost endless selection of free ebooks from Project Gutenberg to enjoy when stopped on the side of the road, or when settled in for the night.
You could also read them while riding as a passenger, if you’ve got the stomach for that sort of thing.
What Project Gutenberg is to ebooks, LibriVox is to audiobooks.
With LibriVox, you get free access to an enormous catalogue of legal, free audiobooks, recorded by amateurs. As with Gutenberg, these are mostly of literary classics which are no longer covered by copyright restrictions.
LibriVox has a phone app, which allows you to search and download audiobooks directly.
If you’re looking for a way to stay entertained on those long drives, what not play an audiobook from LibriVox off your phone, in the car, so that you can enjoy a wild adventure story, or a spine-tingling gothic horror novel while making progress towards your destination?
Just keep in mind that with LibriVox being serviced by amateur narrators, the narration can be a bit hit or miss. Some readers will do a great job, others maybe less so.
Insight Timer is a free meditation app, featuring a huge database of free guided meditations, ranging from simple ambient noise with a bell used to signal the end of the meditation, to meditations designed to get you visualising deeply.
Studies have found evidence that meditation improves happiness, calm, and concentration.
So, if you’re the highly strung type, why not install Insight Timer and begin and end each day of your trip with a soothing meditation.
Wunderlist is a fantastic checklist app with free basic functions, allowing you to create checklists, compile them into different folders, assign due dates to particular tasks, and share your lists with others.
Checklists are one of the best ways of ensuring productivity, as they allow you to empty your mind and store everything that must be done in a different format.
This helps to relieve stress significantly, while also streamlining the entire trip and ensuring you don’t forget anything important.