Apps are a natural part of our lives, and travel is no different. We use them to find our way around, book accommodations and cars, follow travel guides made by other travelers, or record our own adventures.
Every year at the Web Summit, companies from around the world present new projects connecting technology to travel.
In this article, I’ll give you some apps and platforms that have piqued my curiosity in this year’s edition and could make a splash as early as 2024.
The Tourist App is perfect for organizing any vacation or road trip. With maps showing what to see, do, where to stay, and where to eat in over 200 cities, you can plan your perfect travel itinerary. It even offers a game to test your travel knowledge.
This app is your AI-powered travel co-pilot. Enter your destination, travel time, and preferences, and Copilot2trip will suggest places to visit and show them on the map.
I’ve said before that audio guides are a great option when visiting a museum, monument, or public space. We Go Trip offers over 900 audio guides and tour tickets. Imagine walking around Montmartre in Paris on an audio-guided tour or doing the same in Soho, Chinatown, or Little Italy in New York. And these are just a few examples you’ll find in this app.
If you’ve never bought a souvenir and it’s not something that crosses your mind when traveling, skip this app. Wander Gift offers travelers unique souvenirs from certain destinations, focusing on products made by local artisans and companies. So you avoid falling for the usual tourist traps or going home with a pin, just like a thousand others. The project is still in an embroidery state, but you can get an idea of the “shop window” that was set up for Lisbon during the Web Summit.
If you’re a wine lover and can’t resist visiting a winery when you travel, this app is for you. Winedering offers wine-tasting experiences, visits to wineries, and wine tours in some of the leading wine regions of Portugal, Italy, France, Spain, Australia, the United Kingdom, Greece, Argentina, and the United States. You can choose your experience and book directly online.
Do you travel frequently for work? Swifty, whose development was backed by the Lufthansa Innovation Hub, aims to be your artificial intelligence assistant and book your entire business trip in 10 minutes. Just say what you need, and your “assistant” will give you the best options, make the reservations, send itineraries and receipts, and answer any questions about the trip.
Now you! Do you use apps or other platforms to organize your trips? Which of these projects do you find most interesting?