5 destination travel apps for travelers chasing summer

Cold weather, darkness, rainstorms, itchy clothes, and mood swings are just some of the reasons why I’m not a fan of the colder part of the year. It always makes me long for warm and sunny places with rolling waves and sandy beaches. If you’re anything like me or you simply didn’t have the chance to vacation during the summer, you might have started planning your cold weather getaway.

To get the most out of your trip and to fully enjoy your chosen summery destination, it’s important to know the best lodgings, attractions and amenities. That’s where travel apps can help a great deal. Read on for a list of vacation hot spots that have warm weather all year round and great accompanying apps for exploring them:

  1. Bali

Known for its beaches, coral reefs, and volcanic mountains, Bali is one of the world’s top tourist destinations. It is a great place to learn about another culture while enjoying the beauty of nature.

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For iOS

Enjoy Bali (free)

This app is the directory for Bali that fits in your pocket. It helps you find the best of Bali in over 20 categories, including cafes, restaurants, activities, shopping, and popular things to do while visiting. Check out the Highlights section for top Bali attractions and experiences and then use a highly functional GPS map to get there via the shortest route.

For Android

Bali Travel Guide and Maps (free)

This app is the perfect travel companion for you Bali vacation. It includes guides for hotels and restaurants, lists of places to visit, and suggestions for how to fill your time. Each recommendation includes contact details, hours of operation, and more. An interactive map with beautiful photos will help you find your way around, even when you’re offline. You can also read reviews from other travelers around the world to find the best that Bali has to offer.

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  1. Hawaii

Sunny beaches, warm sand, and palm trees swaying in the breeze await you in Hawaii. Its six main islands offer a variety of attractions, including beautiful scenery and vibrant Hawaiian culture and history. Everything runs on “island time,” so a vacation to Hawaii is relaxing and puts you at ease.

For iOS

Hawaii Travel Guide (free)

This app offers complete, updated city guides for the most popular tourist spots in Hawaii, including Honolulu and Kailua. Each guide contains background information for the city and a section for sightseeing with the must-see monuments and natural sites. The best restaurants, bars, pubs, and nightlife in each city are also listed in the Eating and Drink section. Hawaii Travel Guide can be used offline so your Hawaiian vacation doesn’t eat into your data limits.

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For Android

Hawaii Travel Guide with Me (free)

This app contains over 60 articles spanning the entire state of Hawaii, so there’s great information for wherever you end up exploring on the islands. It offers guides around the islands, popular phrase lists to help you communicate with locals, and advice on how to stay safe and healthy during your trip. The app also includes recommendations on hotels and restaurants, information on local taxes and road rules, and a complete map of Hawaiian destinations. It works offline, so you can make the most of the useful information wherever you go.

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  1. Maldives

The Maldives are made up of over 1,000 coral islands, and it’s no wonder that it has become one of the most desired tourist hot spots. Coral reefs, beaches, and lagoons are just some of the things that make this destination a great place to unwind and relax.

For iOS and Android

Maldives Guide, Map, Weather, Hotels ($0.99)

Maldives Guide, Map & Hotels (free)

This app gives you everything you need to travel through the Maldives with ease. Easily find nearby restaurants, bars, night clubs, hotels, museums, and other useful traveler needs such as pharmacies and ATMs. You can create a Travel Bucket List with everything you want to experience on your vacation. This app also includes a phrasebook to translate English, Chinese, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Thai. The 14-day weather forecast and map are both available offline for easy use.

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  1. Tahiti

Tahiti is the largest island in French Polynesia and its tropical waterfalls, warm beaches, and cool lagoons offer a perfect escape from the cold weather. The following app will help you get the most out of your time spent in this paradise.

For iOS and Android

The Islands of Tahiti – Official Guide (free)

Published by Tahiti Tourism, this travel guide helps you find points of interest, activities, tours, restaurants, and hotels. An interactive map allows you to navigate the islands, and a customized itinerary will make sure you see everything Tahiti has to offer. Users can share information and photos in the app for a complete view of Tahiti. All of the information on this app is available offline, so you can access the best information about Tahiti while on the go.

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  1. Virgin Islands

White-sand beaches, rolling hills, and vibrant coral reefs await you in the US and British Virgin Islands. Enjoy exploring the natural beauty and historical towns on your trip to this island oasis.

For iOS

Virgin Islands USA Travel Guide and Offline Maps (free)

This guide has interactive maps with listings of popular attractions, museums, places to eat, and hotels. It features in-depth information getting around the islands, history and culture, and travel precautions. All features are available offline to avoid roaming data charges.

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For Android

Virgin Islands (free)

This interactive travel guide gives you options from historical sites and popular tourist spots to the best restaurants and hotels on the islands. Local weather, a complete map, and helpful tips make this app a great travel guide for your time in the Virgin Islands. You can even book tour packages through the app for convenience while you travel.

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With these travel apps, you can plan the vacation of your dreams to a destination where summer happens year-round. Consult the travel guides and maps as you go for a fun, relaxing, or even adventurous vacation.

About the author

— John Porter

John Porter is a Southampton-based freelance writer, poor snooker player and a tech head especially interested in mobile apps and gadgets.

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