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Holiday Travel Survival: There’s an App for That!

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December 6, 2018

Here at MCPL, we know “there’s no place like home for the holidays,” but we also know that getting to that home can be a bear! Whether you are just driving a couple hours or taking multi-hour flights, we have you covered! Here are a few free ways to pass the time on your journey home:

  • eReading: Passengers of all ages and with all reading preferences are covered by our huge collection of eBooks and eMagazines. Don’t have an eReader? No problem! There’s an app for that! Many of MCPL’s online resources, such as OverDrive Digital Downloads, RBdigital Magazines, and Flipster, all have apps that you can download to your mobile device.
  • Audiobooks: Download books before you head out, or have a passenger pick one while you’re on your way, and have hours of (agreed upon) listening! You can pick from our thousands of titles through RBdigital Audiobooks and OverDrive!
  • Music: If you know you will run in to a patch with no radio signal on your road trip, or if you just want some new tunes for your flight, Freegal Music has your back. From the app, you can pick out a station to listen to or download and keep up to five new songs (a week) for your playlist.
  • Movies/TV: We have an app for this too! Using the OverDrive app, you have access to our OverDrive Video library. So your passengers can watch feature films to their hearts’ content!
  • A little something for the kiddos: TumbleBook Library offers audiobooks and read-along books, including popular titles, educational topics (math, science, and history stories), and even graphic novels/comics!

Now, we know the Library can’t offer everything you need to survive the trip home for the holidays, so here are some other free apps MCPL staff have used to make their trips a little easier:

  • GasBuddy: Helps you find the cheapest gas prices at your next pit stop.
  • Waze: The crowdsourced navigation app that not only provides directions but also gives you up-to-date alerts for traffic, accidents, construction, and even reports of police presence. You can also find information about gas prices, where to park, and nearby food options.
  • FLIO: An airport travel app that gives users information about flights (times, delays, etc.) and the airports they are traveling to or from, including location of parking, restaurants, baggage claims, and offers some discounts as well.
  • HotelTonight: Offers last-minute hotel booking for folks who like to snag cheap hotel deals or anyone who has a surprise delay in their trip.

We may not be able to make the trip faster, but hopefully some of our apps and suggestions can make your travels a little easier! We wish you safe travels home and happy holidays!


-Paige L.
Consumer Technology Specialist

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