A romantic weekend away used to require a baffling amount of planning but nowadays the trusty smart-phone has revolutionised the entire process. Let’s pick Paris as our amorous adventure, it’s an ideal long weekend destination from the UK and has oodles of tradition as a place for hand-in-hand strolling and smooching. Honestly though, as we trundle through the various tasks via the travel apps listed, we could substitute Paris for any popular city break destination, perhaps Venice, Rome, Barcelona or Prague. It doesn’t matter, these travel apps will get you excited and organised, orientated, fed, watered with sightseeing and photography treats in abundance.
Sometimes, you’re not exactly where you’d like to go and you need inspiring (on this occasion we’re going to Paris anyway!) and the Gogobot app is a brilliant source of inspiration. It’s now had over 725,000 reviews posted and 4m photos uploaded. Why is it so good for inspiration you ask? Well, it personalises suggestions based on your requirements. So for our romantic sojourn to Paris, we’d tap in romance, boutique fashion shopping, arts and less than 2 hours flight…that kind of thing…
Even more inspiring – Gogobot is free.
You can’t really go and immerse yourself in Parisian elegance and scrimp on the accommodation, but you don’t really want to break the bank for just 2 or 3 nights either. Help is in your hand though with the new app from luxury travel flash-sale site SecretEscapes.com, which offers up to 70% off standard room prices in some of the best hotels in Europe.
They offer amazing deals on luxurious weekend breaks, plus the app is free and updated daily.
With a website that is a ‘go-to’ resource for many currency converting aficionado’s why would you look any further than XE.com’s app. The website is a favourite and its app will surely follow suit, the currency rates are on a live feed and 5 million ‘smart’ smart-phone users have downloaded this straight forward, easy to use app already.
Don’t worry about splashing your own cash either – it’s free on itunes and every other platform too…
There are countless packing apps on the market but Packing Pro stands out a little further than the rest. Along with the usual list of apparel based on location and duration, this app also has a list for other family members plus those reminders for those important essentials, no we don’t mean hair straighteners, but rather tickets, passport and money.
You’ll find it on itunes for £1.99.
Get Around and About
The destination guide in the palm-of-your-hand market is more saturated than a wet weekend in Scotland but some apps have advantages over others. Not forgetting the aforementioned Gogobot for activities, guides and maps; for a free ‘where to eat’ app try Foursquare or Urban Spoon – they’re hugely popular for good reason so we won’t elaborate here. Furthermore, as you’ll want cover as much of La Ville-Lumière (that’s Paris darling!) within 48 hours you’ll need to get around efficiently without rushing (you’re on a romantic break after all), so for public transportation try the HopStop Paris edition and for something trustworthy and focusing on events and happenings in a city, you can’t beat TimeOut Magazine’s app with excellent design and user experience.
Although the everyday smart-phone could take a decent of sunset over the L’Arc de Triomphe or a wide angled shot from the top of the Eiffel Tower, the PhotoSynth app, takes things into a new level. Its functionality allows 360 degree circular pictures, something that a standard ‘flat and cropped’ image fails to offer and therefore fails to capture the ambience of a place or scene. Naturally, as with most things in 2014, you can share your creative output on your favourite social media channels. What’s even more compelling is the PhotoSynth app is free on itunes and the Windows Store.
So that’s one weekend in Paris for two sil vous plait?