Summer is here, which means road trips are in full effect. Fourth of July is one of the most heavily traveled holidays in the United States. According to AAA, 8 in 10 people (an estimated 41.9 million people) will travel fifty miles or more this year in search of fun and free Bar B Q. Over 400 thousand of these people will be heading to the Big Easy for Independence Day.
There is no shortage of things to see and do while in New Orleans, so we put together a list of tools guaranteed to help you make the most out of your trip:
- Periscope – Powered by Twitter, Periscope has taken social sharing to the next level by allowing you to broadcast live video to your audience. You can share your Periscope broadcasts on Twitter so your viewers can interact with you in real time. Periscope is both mobile and web friendly. Learn more about Periscope at www.periscope.tv/about
Best Use: Live street performances and musical performances.
- Instagram – Instagram has climbed the ranks as the top app “Like, capture and share the world’s moments.” Instagram offers trending tags and places to provide a real time look at what’s happening nearby, curated collections of people and places hand-picked by Instagram, and the ability to search photos by location so that you can see everything being captured around you.
Best Use: Photos of friends, sight-seeing and celebrity sightings.
- Hey Girl. Hey! – Making its debut July 4th weekend in New Orleans, Hey Girl. Hey! Mobile web app is the perfect event companion. Their curated list of events are organized based on the type of experience you want to have in New Orleans – from lounging, to shopping, to concerts. In case you can’t get enough, Hey Girl. Hey! Aims to serve as the #1 resource for influencer content and events all over the country.
Get the Hey Girl. Hey! App here: ItsHeyGirlHey.com/nola
Best Use: Event guide, giveaways, behind the scenes footage
- Uber – Walking around New Orleans is fun, but let’s face it, the heat is unbearable at times. That’s why Uber is the way to go. This app allows you to get a ride to your next destination with the push of a button and is often times cheaper than a taxi. Uber’s on-demand service means less wait time and the ability to compare rates and determine your pickup location. How easy is that?
Best Use: Quick and inexpensive way to get around town
- GroupMe – If you’re traveling alone or meet new friends while you’re in New Orleans, GroupMe is the best method to keep in touch with everyone while you’re on the go. GroupMe will help you cut back on the flood of text messages you receive from friends as you coordinate outings. Create events and send invitations with reminders to your group so you don’t miss a thing.
Best Use: A unified way to communicate with all your friends who are also in town
If you’re making your way down to the Big Easy, make sure you equip yourself with these tools to have a great time and capture these moments. What are your favorite tools to stay in the know and connected?