Sn-APP out of those winter blues!

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Has Jack Frost been nipping your nose and toes? It’s time to sn-app out of those winter blues and plan your summer escape!

Europe beckons exploration with its diverse array of cultures and stunning destinations leaving you spoilt for choice. Why not scale the heights of Paris’ Eiffel Tower or survey Britain’s capital over a glass of champagne from the comfort of the London Eye? With summer in sight (it’s not that far away!) we feature our top-rated travel apps to guide your adventure across the Traveler’s Choice 2012 Top 5 European Destinations 

Discover these European gems for yourself with the help of your trusty smartphone!

London, United Kingdom

The London Official City Guide
Delight in the best of London in the palm of your hand. As well as free alerts on special offers across London this app guides you to undiscovered charms and must-see happenings throughout the city. Browse city highlights, visit attractions for free and search nearby on the interactive map. (Free – iOS and Android)

Rome, Italy

Rome Travel Guide
Discover the ancient wonders of the eternal city with its many sights, monuments, restaurants and cathedrals at your fingertips. This app features an offline city map, detailed insights on much-loved hotspots and mini-guides to plan your perfect day trips. (Free – iOS and Android)

Paris, France

Paris Museums & Monuments
Navigate the city of lights with ease with everything you need to know about the top sightseeing destinations including admission fees and money saving tips. Dynamic updates keep you up to date and the app allows you to control offline content viewing. ($1.99 / €1.79 – iOS and Android)

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul Travel Guide
Delight in the exotic surroundings of the city that rests on two continents with this simple guide featuring an offline map, tips for day trips and the best spots to try local delicacies. (Free – iOS and Android)

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona: DK Top 10
This fun-focused app featuring true Barcelona gems is your ultimate guide to the top 10 best of everything in Gaudi’s famed playground! Specifically designed to work offline without the expense of an Internet connection, you are free to explore the city’s host of fun-filled activities, wherever your plans and budget take you.  ($4.99 / €4.49 – iOS)

Tantalized by these remarkable destinations? Let’s put your savvy smartphone to use to help organize your trip – arranging your dream getaway has never been so easy!

Planning is half the fun:Pocket’  your research. While surfing the net to find the latest and greatest activities or hotspots use Pocket to save everything in one easy-to-find place. Pocket helps to keep your important videos, articles and emails together for quick, on-the-go, internet-free viewing. (Free – iOS and Android)

Carefree adventures:TripIt’ for peace-of-mind on the move, this smart app keeps all of your bookings and plans in one place. TripIt ‘automagically’ pulls your trip details into one itinerary on your smartphone or tablet while also syncing to your calendar and storing your details online at (Free – iOS and Android)

Flying visits: SkyScanner  helps smart travelers book flights direct to get the best bargains. SkyScanner is independent and finds the cheapest fares in seconds, wherever you want to fly. This flexible and powerful flight search app compares millions of flights from over 1,000 global airlines in seconds, saving you both time and money. (Free – iOS and Android)

A space to relax: Check out apps from Agoda and Airbnb. For budgets great and small these worldwide accommodation search tools find the perfect place to rest your weary head or explore a new destination in luxury, at bargain rates.

  • Agoda gives you access to over 265,000 hotels (with reviews), including best price guarantees, free stays with reward savings and interactive maps to find the perfect hotel wherever you are. (Free – iOS and Android)
  • Airbnb opens up the world of a trusted community of people who have space to rent across 192 countries — simply find your space, book and enjoy. (Free – iOS and Android)

Weather on the move: Weather+ Voted “The most useful Weather App” by The New York Times, Weather+ gives you current weather conditions and a 5-day forecast from all worldwide weather stations. Forecasts are displayed with full screen loop videos, featuring a Flip Clock and a World Clock — transforming your iPad into a virtual weather station. ($1.99 / €1.79 – iOS and Android)

Capturing memories: Camera+ brings your creativity to life through its fun and innovative features. Quite simply a better version of a standard iPhone camera, the aptly named Camera+ advances picture quality adding a host of extra visual options. Added functions include advanced shooting modes, varied exposure, cropping, trendy borders and a front-facing flash. With Camera+ you will truly love taking and sharing your pictures. ($1.19 / €0.89 – iOS and Android)

Time is precious – it’s time to start planning your European expedition!