Louis Vuitton City Guides
Big on backstories and style, the app features tips and insights to 29 cities, from Milan to Moscow to Mexico City. There are guides to dining, shopping, art, interiors and then some, as well as specially curated experiences for 24-hour trips and walking tours of different districts in every city. All guides and maps are available offline, too.
With a blend of conventional and new, off-the-beaten-track sites and things to do, the app conveys the cultural fabric of each destination in a way that only Louis Vuitton can.
With this app, you can charter private flights with little more than the flick of a wrist.
The PrivateFly app finds the private jet airport nearest to you by accessing a database that features more than 7,000 accredited aircraft around the world. It shares photos, reviews and contact information for each aircraft and instantly estimates a price. When you use the “Jet me home” tool, you can board flights almost immediately, too.
Sometimes, pilots will even offer seats on empty legs of flights for reduced prices, which has to be one of the greatest travel hacks in history.
Rather than take to the skies, sail the high seas with GetMyBoat.
A peer-to-peer app, not unlike Airbnb, GetMyBoat allows users to contact one another directly, reserve in advance, and find a boat to charter or list one for rent – not just yachts, either. Every vessel, “from a kayak in California to a catamaran in Croatia”, is available on this app.
You, Me, Paris by Chaumet
The luxury brand makes it easier than ever to fall in love in the City of Lights.
You, Me, Paris, a travel app from Chaumet, reveals special experiences for two – from gourmet dinners in the middle of a bookstore to swimming in secret underground pools – conveying its knowledge of the most romantic city on Earth in app form.
It’s a little niche, and it’s certainly on-brand, but the app from the French jeweller shares a specially curated slice of Paris for lovers that no one else could replicate. You, Me, Paris is remarkably easy to use, and itineraries are broken so far down they even offer ideas for rainy days, second-time visitors and early risers.
With Essentialist, travel agents meet technology, proving that the human element still matters in the DIY age – just with a few adaptions.
For a US$1,400 annual fee (free in the first year), members are assigned a personal travel expert, who remains the point of contact before, during and after bespoke trips.
The app itself includes beautiful digital guides that are updated by professional travel writers, as well as tips and opportunities for special experiences courtesy of Essentialist’s exclusive network of contacts – designers, architects, curators, even chefs such as New York’s Marcus Samuelsson.
Travel expert Lisa Lindblad oversees the logistics of each itinerary, and Essentialist experts are available round the clock. No less should be expected, either, considering former Editor-in-Chief of Travel + Leisure Nancy Novogrod and digital travel entrepreneur Joan Roca are the brains behind this app-cum-travel agency.
Your own personal valet, available worldwide, takes the pain out of packing.
It works like this: Dufl sends you a suitcase to fill with the clothes you want to wear while travelling. Before you depart, schedule a pick-up using the app. The Dufl folks inventory your clothing, cleaning, storing, organising and sending photos of each item – a physical and virtual closet. You then select the items you want to be sent to your destination and on what date. When you’re ready to return home, schedule a pick-up and leave your bag at the hotel desk.
No cleaning, no unpacking, no bags.
Dufl isn’t just an American service, either. The company has a presence in Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney and Melbourne, as well as across Europe and Canada.