Most of us like to get outside during the summer months, when days are longer and lighter, the air isn’t quite so brisk, and sunscreen and hats are the new norm before leaving the house.
Here are some of the best apps to download on your phone or tablet, during this time of the year.
A millennial and Gen Z internet staple, Instagram is a popular image-sharing app.
Originally created by two Stanford University students in 2010, Instagram is now used by over 150 million people around the world. Its initial purpose was to allow people to share their location and “check-in” with friends, but this has shifted slightly nowadays.
Today, people use Instagram to share pictures they’ve taken, communicate with fanbases, educate the public on worldwide trends, and promote their businesses.
During the summer, this app is filled with pictures of beaches, festivals, gardens, parties, graduations, holidays, and lots of other beautiful sights. If you’re a photo-fanatic, this is a must-have app for summer and beyond.
The National Trust is a charity that restores and maintains historic places of natural beauty, from ancient woodlands to charming houses.
Founded in 1985 by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, the last 125 years have been dedicated to providing the public with a window to the past.
With this free app, you can search for places of interest anywhere in the UK. Whether you like hiking trails, dog-friendly walks, countryside views, historic houses, impressive landscapes, or simply just a breath of fresh air, the National Trust will have a place for you.
The National Trust is accessible and welcoming for all ages, and with varying membership prices, you can sign up to the National Trust for life and then use your app to find and visit places without paying anything extra.
Another app for nature lovers is the AllTrails app, which allows users to explore over 100,000 trails.
If you know where you want to go, you can enter a city, park or trail name into the search bar and find all the maps and pin-points where you can walk. The app also records your walks so you can look back at where you’ve been or recommend the hike to a friend.
From bike rides, dog-friendly trails, and kid-friendly walks, AllTrails provides you with detailed maps, photos and reviews, so you’ll never get lost in the wilderness.
Though the app is free to download, there are in-app purchases for premium features.
Exploring made easy - just don’t forget your portable charger!
Music is a big part of many people’s summer. With festivals taking place throughout May, June, July and August, the warmer months are the best time to pack up your tents, gather your friends, and enjoy weekend-long concerts in the middle of a field.
The FestivAll app keeps you up-to-date with all of the festivals occurring in the UK. You can discover which ones are near you, check the line-ups for each event, listen to the bands beforehand so you can sing along to their music, and buy tickets.
Glastonbury, for example, is the most popular and anticipated festival in the UK every year. Hundreds of performing acts gather for a five-day concert in Somerset, with around 200,000 people camping out for the event. You could use your app to research the line-up and find out who is performing on which day.
If you’re less into hiking and more into relaxing, then Trover will be the perfect summer application for you.
Trover helps you plan your next summer adventure by scouting out some of Europe’s and America’s best beaches and hidden gems. Users can share images of their holidays, inspiring others to add to their list of future destinations.
You can also connect to social media and upload your own photos. Typing in keywords like beach, cliff, mountain, will help narrow down your search for your next location.
This app is for people who like to spend their summers camping in the wild. From The Camping and Caravanning Club, SiteSeeker allows you to search for nearby campsites.
The free app also gives you information about each campsite, like the address, what facilities are available, how expensive it is to camp there, and booking availability. So you can discover everything you need to know before calling up.
So if you prefer the allure of forests and the wilderness, the SiteSeeker app is a must-have for your summer adventures.
From hiking to beaches to forests, there’s an app for everyone this summer. And if you’re looking for a new phone to download these apps on to, check out our great range of affordable handsets.