As the summer vacation approaches, it may be time to prepare for your long-awaited break with your family, friends or partner. There are dozens of popular services and guides to help you plan your every move. Today, The Collective introduces you to a selection of applications and sites that are off the beaten track, so you’re sure to have a truly unique vacation!
For some people, “vacation” goes hand in hand with “siesta”. No problem! We have unearthed two applications that are ideal for you. The first one, PlagesTV, lists and categorizes more than 1,600 beaches in France where you can work on your tan. And if you like a bit of space to spread out your towel, you’ll have no trouble falling for the charms of the dozens of secret coves included in this well-researched list.
Longing for a spot in the sun? Or to down a few caffè lattes or cocktails on the finest terraces in Paris, Bordeaux, Nantes, New York or Amsterdam? SunnyChairs offers you a selection of 3,500 terraces in major French and international cities, and lets you monitor in real time how much sun they are getting. With this app, it’s a sure thing: you’ll be the expert in summer lunches, snacks and drinks.
If you want to spend time on the terrace, you might as well be in the sun!
Are hiking, climbing, trekking and action sports on your to-do list for the next few weeks? Before setting off, make sure you don’t forget anything when you pack your backsack. With this in mind, the application Packing Pro could well save the day. It’s a simple checklist tool, but it also makes suggestions for recommended equipment, depending on your activity.
And when you’ve reached the summit, why not find out more about the peaks that surround you? PeakFinder lists the names of more than 250,000 summits for you to discover and, once there, enables you to explore every nook and cranny of the mountain, like a true climber. The geolocation functions are also really useful for finding out more about the surrounding hills.
If walking or running are your preferred vacation pastimes, why not make use of your every step to embark upon a real trip around the world, virtually? Paired with RunKeeper, Nike+, Strava or any other running application, The Beautiful Walk converts your routes into a very real, documented, 40,000 km round-the-world adventure. It is epic, encyclopedic and above all, exhilarating!
>> Download the app Packing Pro for iOS (€2.99)
>> The Beautiful Walk (free)
Your routes become an adventure with The Beautiful Walk
Why pay for a hotel when you can have a fantastic experience right there in the homes of the local people? You’ve heard of Airbnb, but are you aware of “couchsurfing” yet, the free alternative to renting accommodation?
The CouchSurfing service brings together a community of 9 million travelers from all over the world who are willing to give up their sofa for you and share their favorite places with you. Ideal for tight budgets and for those who are fans of unforgettable encounters.
To go a step further and explore something other than the usual tourist haunts of the town you find yourself in, you can always cast an eye over Spotted by Locals. These guides for smartphone and tablet are written entirely by enthusiastic locals, keen to share all their hidden gems with you.
>> CouchSurfing (free)
“Live like a local, wherever you go”. This is the purpose of Musement, the go-to app for cultural outings and places to hang out that is fueled by locals. A museum? An exhibition? A show? They are all right there at your fingertips. Because you are allowed to improve your mind on vacation!
And if you want to add a taste of the exotic to your strolls, you could consider SuperHeroes in NYC or Paris Movie Walks. These two applications – both gold standards amongst the hundreds of others in this genre – outline and narrate routes for movie buffs, so that they can follow in the footsteps of their favorite heroes in famous locations brought to light by the silver screen. Quite simply brilliant!
>> Download the app SuperHeroes in NYC for iOS (Free)
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