What is it?
In a hurry and eager to explore? Meet Waze, the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app.
Waze VS Google Maps
Waze leverages the power of community to find you the quickest route possible. The map displays accidents, debris, road construction, and whereabouts of police—all updated in real-time. Google and Apple Maps aren’t oblivious to current traffic conditions, but those maps have a select few pre-determined routes with the current state of traffic dictating which of those few is best.
Waze goes a step further.
Thinking outside of the box to include locals-only shortcuts, Waze uses side-roads so you can breeze around traffic while exploring cool new parts of town! Plus, if you’re visiting one of the world’s most congested cities—looking at you, Los Angeles, London, and Atlanta, Waze isn’t just a must-download app, it’s crucial.
Additionally, the app syncs with your calendar to help determine when you should leave based on real-time traffic conditions so you can arrive on-time and stress-free—which is especially helpful when you’re new to town. It also tells you the current gas price at every station, listed in red (too high), orange (average) or green (deal of the day) making it ultra easy to decide where to fill up on the cheap!
In case you’re still not sold: Waze is the official navigation app for Lyft, which is a legitimate seal of approval if you ask us!
While the app is wonderful, sometimes its time-saving hacks induce panic attacks. The app likes to recommend left-turns-from-stop-signs over waiting-at-a-stoplight. We’re crossing our fingers that the next app update would include a preference for how aggressively you feel like driving. Given the powerhouse that the app is, we should also mention that it drains batteries and data rather quickly, even compared to the other navigation apps.
Our favorite Part
Waze is both a map and a city guide and can help you find things to do. When plugging in your destination, it may suggest “Do you want to take a 10-minute detour to the Santa Monica Pier?” Or you can click the icons for coffee, food, hotels, parks, shops and more!
Turn your drive into an adventure with Waze, waving at other Wazers as you outsmart traffic together.
Annie’s based in Los Angeles but hails from Portland, Oregon. Sort of. She moved to six states by the time she reached middle school, and continues to move around the US and abroad – call her a nomad, but she prefers “Location ADHD.” After studying abroad in New Zealand, Annie circled the globe, graduated from USC, and circled the world once again. For one year she lived out of a backpack everywhere from The Philippines to Nepal to Slovenia to Norway. She’s a curry connoisseur and passionate explorer, taking the road less traveled, the “trail” covered in vines and swarmed in exotic bugs. Foreign lands feel like home, and Annie loves encouraging more and more people to utilize their passports and experience a new culture.