Tourism, business, personal reasons: these are the main reasons why many of us choose to fly somewhere.
There is, however, one category of traveller that we at Air Dolomiti particularly love (since we operate in some of the airports connected with the most beautiful ski and beach resorts all over the world!): sports travellers*.
If you are the sort of person who waits all year long to test their new bike on mountain trails, to hurtle down ski slopes, to go scuba diving in the Mediterranean Sea or to play at that specific golf course, then you know the value of having light and handy luggage that still contains all the essentials.
These days, this is also true of smartphones.
After you’ve put your photos in order and entered contacts and emergency health information if you are about to do an extreme or solo sport, you’ll need some of the useful apps below to truly make your trip complete.
*You can find all the information you need on comfortably travelling with sports equipment with Air Dolomiti HERE.
Here are five apps that sports travellers should check out:
- Maps. You probably already have a maps app on your smartphone, but you’ll need one which will help you find your way around your particular discipline. Any ideas? If you love cycling or hiking, download the intuitive Outdooractive app or Komoot, a German app dedicated to off-road paths. If you love water sports such as sailing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and SUP, the app you’ll need is Waterspeed, which indicates routes and weather conditions in real time.
- Bookings. Do you need to book a slot to do your favourite sport?
Golf lovers can no longer do without Golfshot Plus, a personal caddy connected in real time with 40,000 courses all over the world. If you love padel and you’re in another city, you’ll need to download PrenotaUnCampo, an Italian app translated into English to find playing fields and groups of people to play with.
For any other sports, SportClubby has a wide choice of sports facilities at your disposal all over the world and the app is available in English, Italian and Spanish.
- Michelin Guide. Sports lovers also need to eat well. We recommend that you download (or update if you already have it!) the Michelin Guide app, the leading publisher in tourism and gastronomy.
- Events calendar. You’ll need to find this by yourself. For each country and each city you visit, there’s the right app to find all the events happening during your stay. Each sport has its recurring events and competitions…You definitely won’t want to miss them!
- Health. Monitoring your own physical activity, your heart rate and the calories consumed during exercise is fundamental. You can choose from Samsung Health, Health by Apple (for your iPhone or, better still, Apple Watch) or MyFitnessPal, which has the best reviews from online users and is available for iOS and Android.
A special mention goes to Charity Miles, an extraordinary app created in 2012 which donates 10 cents for each mile by bike and 25 cents for each mile walking, with the option to choose the charity organisation you want to donate to.