We are being told ever more regularly now that the future of travel and travel planning is social media and apps and that the high street travel agent should be looking for another job by now.
That may be the case but there are plenty of ways in which digital travel planning lets us down and so we’ve come up with a list of tongue in cheek ‘wish list’ apps that, should someone get them developed soon, would make the lives of travellers a whole lot more enjoyable and possibly safer.
Wish You Were Here
Already available manually on social media, this app automatically sends a text message to all your friends at the busiest time of the working day, around ten o’clock UK time, telling them how much warmer the temperature is where you are and using GPS, tells them whether you are on the beach, by the pool or at the bar. Extras can also tell them how cheap the drinks are and how attractive your fellow guests are.
Far From the Madding Crowds
There’s nothing worse than turning up at your intended excursion site to find it resembling Mecca during the Hajj. Forget scrambling for a photograph of the Vatican without people in it or trying to snap the Taj Mahal in a Diana moment, this app will use data from CCTV or live ticket sales to tell you the least crowded times to visit that day so you can delay your visit by an hour or so and maybe take advantage of one more beer at the hotel bar before you leave.
The days of appalling holiday photographs will be over using this app that registers what you are taking a picture of and replaces yours with a ‘picture perfect’ image from better photographers on sites like Shutterstock. An addition to the app could be that if it recognises that by some miracle, yours is an improvement, it will upload yours and give you some credit to use knowing this must be a one off!
Want to take a cruise but scared by Norovirus etc; the plagues of the cruise lines? This app checks cruise ship records to tell you which are the likeliest to suffer an outbreak of ‘Cruise to the Loos’ with a real time extra, warning you of the first outbreak on your ship. The app will even tell you which cabins have been affected and so which toilets to avoid. You’ll be able to search which meals were served the night before an outbreak to make sure you can eat somewhere else on board should that menu come up whilst you’re cruising.
A Stroke of Luck
We all love to lie out in the sun, topping up our tan, but how do we know when we’ve had too much sun? - usually when it’s too late and we feel lightheaded, nauseous and with a raging headache. This app will save you days spent in an darkened air-conditioned room, being plied with electrolytes, by using the local UV forecast and time of day to predict how long you should spend in the sun. On opening the app, it will also send you alerts for when you need to rehydrate.
Who knows, someday soon, these may come true and you’ll remember where you saw them first. In the meantime, on a serious note, it’s worth checking out apps that are available now to help your holiday go with a swing.