Summer is here and your vacation is fast approaching! You selected a destination, purchased your tickets well in advance, and booked your accommodation. There’s nothing you could have possibly forgotten to do. Or is there? Not to rain on your parade, but more likely than not, you can’t remember everything. Technology to the rescue: your phone will be your friend. So before you even check in for your flight, make sure you’ve downloaded the apps which are guaranteed to be the talk of the summer. 3,2,1 download!
UvLens Obviously, making a glorious return to the city with the best tan among your friends and coworkers in on everybody’s to do list for the summer. So don’t ruin it all – make sure you don’t end up with the brightest sunburn instead. UvLens will tell you the best times to lay in the sun and the best sunscreens for your type of skin. So useful! Coco Who doesn’t love going to the beach? And yet, it’s not all rainbows and unicorns: you still need to wake up early if you want to grab your spot close to the water and an umbrella, or to grab any spot at all. This app sorts it out for you: you can reserve and pay for your spot from your phone, and then come to reclaim it anytime in the day. Firms throughout Italy already have a partnership with this new app, and Sicilian beaches will soon join the party. This is a must-have for your summer weekend getaways! VizEat Tired of the same old restaurants and their inflated prices? So is everybody, and that’s why the creator of this app (clearly a smart person) came up with a tool that is as good for your wallet as it is to make new friends. Basically VizEat allows you to reserve a table and a homecooked meal in a local kitchen and pay what you see fit for it; there’s just no better way to learn more about a country’s cuisine and people. Starwalk This app is for those of you who are vacationing with your significant other – and even better, for those of you who are hunting for one. Wherever you are, Starwalk will help you locate and name stars and constellations and figure out the best nights for stargazing. You won’t miss a beat at the next meteor shower, and your partner will definitely be impressed! MedMap
Any hypocondriacs, raise your hand. Of course you have an extra bag of pills ready, but this app will do it better than you ever could, by suggesting a list of medications you should always travel with, and then customize it for your specific destination. It also updates you on any sanitary threats in the country you’re visiting so you can be prepared. But there’s more: MedMap also tells you what a medication (and its active ingredients) are called in your country of choice. Of course I have it on my phone already. Do you?