September 4, 2015
The only thing that beats a normal Friday is a Friday that kicks off a long weekend. My friends, with Labor Day on Monday we’re officially enjoying one of those extra special Fridays right this very moment.
I’m sure the majority of you are all planning fun activities with family and friends. Maybe you’re planning on going to the pool one last time before fall, or perhaps you’re taking a family trip somewhere. Personally, I’ll be sitting at the beach all day hanging out with good people, surfing, and enjoying a few cold ones. After all, San Diego is the number one travel destination for Labor Day: why go anywhere else?
It doesn’t matter what you’re doing though, because any way you spin it we get the day off from work and that’s inherently enjoyable. To make sure you get the maximum amount of fun, sun, booze, travel, and happiness out of your holiday, I went out and dug up some handy apps that can help regardless of what you’re doing.
Here are 20 apps that will help you enjoy Labor Day:
If you want to get out of town in a hurry, or maybe just fly somewhere at the drop of a hat, GTFO is for you. GTFO helps you be spontaneous by finding and booking the best available, round trip flights leaving from your location tonight and tomorrow morning.
Their unique content covers the wonderful “off the beaten path” places to visit, and they also offer a database containing millions of the world’s most interesting locations. Roadtrippers helps people discover the world around them in an entirely new way by streamlining discovery, planning, booking, and navigation into an engaging and intuitive process.
America’s National Parks (Android)
America’s National Parks provides information on each of the country’s 58 national parks. It tells you how to get there, when to go, and how best to enjoy your visit via park maps, a topographic map for hiking, and information on park activities.
Food and Beverage
Mixologist (iOS and Android)
The ultimate drink and cocktail recipe app that features over 8,000 recipes with over 1,000 ingredients. Great for spicing up any afternoon BBQ or evening party.
There was a time when people would take a matchbook from a restaurant so that they could remember it later. With Matchbook you can create a list of restaurants and bars and keep tabs on them all. Save, tag, and curate everything, whether it’s a new place you’re dying to try or an old favorite you want to remember—it’s all at the ready.
Craft Check (iOS)
Good craft beer is hard to find. With Craft Check, just scan the barcode of the beer you’re looking at, or search by brewery to instantly find out whether it’s an authentic craft brewery or just an imitation crafty brew from the big guys.
Vivino (iOS and Android)
Vivino is your partner in wine, always with you and ready to help you pick, remember, and share your wines. Take a photo of any wine label to uncork pricing, ratings, reviews, food paring suggestions, and recommendations from the biggest community of more than 10 million wine lovers.
RetailMeNot (iOS and Android)
The award winning app makes it easy to save with thousands of deals at your favorite stores and restaurants. Whether you’re hungry for food deals or looking for in-store offers while shopping, RetailMeNot finds all the best deals so you don’t have to.
RedLaser (iOS and Android)
You can access current deals at your local stores, take advantage of opportunities to earn points, save your favorite deals, and compare prices across different retail stores.
Slice (iOS and Android)
From the minute you make your purchase, Slice takes care of everything automatically. Slice works seamlessly with your email inbox to find and store the ereceipts from the stuff you buy. They then track your package from shipment to delivery.
Key Ring (iOS and Android)
Never carry loyalty, membership, or library cards again – Key Ring is the app for loyalty cards and savings while shopping. Plan, save, and organize by carrying your cards, stores’ weekly ads, coupons, and your shopping lists – all in one app.
Rizon is the easiest way to get access to precise “Golden Hour” data in the palm of your hand from anywhere in the world. Find the best time to take photos outdoors, and plan the perfect shoot in advance for any date in the future, by simply rotating Rizon’s clock.
Life360 (iOS and Android)
Family Locator by Life360 simplifies life in the digital world by making it easy to stay connected to the people who matter most. With Life360 you can create your own groups, called “Circles,” of loved ones, friends, and teammates to stay connected and chat.
Boatbound is the nation’s leading boat rental marketplace. Over 13 million registered boat owners can now offset their boat ownership costs by renting their boat to pre-screened, qualified renters. Not to mention anybody who wants to get out on the water can enjoy a boat whenever they want.
The app is designed to give you the UV Index predicted for the location you choose or for your current location. Quickly check the UV Index before going outside to determine the amount of protection to wear before leaving.
Surfline (iOS and Android)
The Surfline app tells you where and when the waves will be good with up to date tide reports and over 180 live streaming cameras. Know when the wind turns offshore, when the swell will arrive, and when the tide drops to get the most out of the waves at the beach.
Communications & Dating
Nextdoor (iOS and Android)
Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It’s an easy way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world.
RedRover (iOS and Android)
Find and follow your favorite museums, libraries, cultural centers, and more so that you never miss what’s going on. You can also save your plans right to your calendar.
How About We (iOS and Android)
HowAboutWe makes online dating entirely on demand, natural, and completely safe. The ‘Tonight’ feature lets you set up a date in less than five minutes for that same evening.
Tinder (iOS and Android)
You know why.
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