Apps for the holidays. It’s going to be a high-tech summer!
Tourism is perhaps the sector where technology has had the greatest impact: 9 out of 10 people now plan their holidays online. Portals and apps are invaluable allies not just for booking but also to help you enjoy your holiday more. Here’s a selection of some of the most useful ones when you’re far from home…
Take my things. This is an app that can save the whole summer of people with their heads in the clouds… Arrived at your seaside home and discovered you’ve forgotten the keys? Just arrived at check-in but without your passport? Take my things will get it sorted. The idea of the app is to create a connection between supply and demand, between someone who needs an item fetching and someone else who’s willing to do it – finding the right solution as soon as possible. More useful than a Facebook post, more effective than a WhatsApp group, quicker than phoning round your friends… The approach is simple, the app is intuitive, and the result is a guaranteed success. www.takemythings.com
StayDo. “Experiential Travel” … absolutely, but delivered right to the place you’ve chosen for your stay. StayDo is a search engine and an app that enables you to organise the perfect holiday based on your own personal passions and interests. “Where do you want to go?”, “What do you want to do?”: the answers to these two simple questions enable you to organise your own tailor-made holiday on your PC or smartphone. Wine tastings, photography, activities for kids, sports, wellness… off the beaten track, away from the classic tourist itineraries, among ancient villages, rural areas and small towns. www.staydo.it
Clyck. Another idea for making your holiday an unforgettable experience again comes from the web! With the Clyck photographic bracelet you can wear your holiday photo album on your wrist. Summer, travel, landscapes that you fall in love with, beach parties, evenings with friends … Clyck is a personalised accessory to carry your special moments: it’s a “camera roll” bracelet that you create online by uploading your photos straight from your computer, Facebook or Instagram. In colour or black and white. www.clyck.it
Surfline. Specially designed for people who are always on the lookout for the perfect wave, Surfline pinpoints the best locations on the coast near you to put your surfboard through its paces. You can get information on wave heights, water temperatures and wind speeds right on your smartphone. Not so useful in Italy, but out of this world for sports lovers who like to spend their holidays by the ocean. www.surfline.com
Peak Finder. This is for anyone for whom the perfect summer holiday means heading for the hills… The idea is to learn all about the panorama in front of you, admiring it and enjoying it to the full. Peak Finder enables you to find out the name and height of every mountain by simply pointing your smartphone towards it. www.peakfinder.org