It’s never too early to start thinking about the warmer days, relaxing outings and all those fun apps that will help you get the most out of every beautiful day. That’s right! Apps can do that. The humble smartphone (or tablet) app can turn a normal summer day into something more. Here are just a few examples of what we mean.
Beer Buddy ($3.99, iOS): This handy little app puts the detailed ratings of RateBeer.com at your fingertips. All you have to do is scan the barcode on your bottle or can of choice and up pops a short description and rating (1-5 stars) of that particular beer. Handy and fun – but please scan responsibly.
Grilltime ($1.99, iOS): Ever wonder how long to cook that steak, burger or fish? Does the thickness of a particular cut of meat really matter? What seasoning is best for a T-bone? Just fire up the Grilltime (see what I did there?) app and have all these questions answered and more. There is even a handy timer built in and a companion app for your Apple Watch so you can stay abreast of your chicken breast.
BBQ Tank Meter ($2.46, Android): Do you have a propane grill that you just can’t seem to gauge well? This app was made for you! It acoustically measures the amount of propane in your tank (assuming it is a standard 20 pound tank) and gives you a graphical readout on your phone. A simple green, yellow and red bar pattern makes for a foolproof way to always know how much gas you have left.
Peek (Free, iOS): Where do you want to go today? A sunny and relaxing beach? A zip line adventure in the jungle? Maybe just tour your city and have a classic “staycation.” No matter what you want to do, Peek will help you find it, book it and live it. Just choose from any number of exciting things to do and places to do them and the app will do the rest. Well, maybe you’ll still have to do the zip lining yourself.
Bandsintown (Free, iOS and Android): As the name implies, this app alerts you to band that is, well, in town – or at least pretty close. You simply search for an artist, venue or even genre, and choose from the results given. You can purchase tickets and see reviews as well. And of course there is a social sharing option because why go alone when you don’t have to? There is even a setting that will alert you when your favorite band comes to town. What a great way to spend a warm summer night!
We are certainly leaving out some apps that make your spring or summer better. We couldn’t possibly name them all – so why don’t you? Leave your favorite summer time enjoyment app suggestion in the comments section below – and then hit the grill and take in a show!
By Bob Skrezyna for the 50 Plus Report