What shirt should you wear on that date? A long weekend in three days and completely forgot to make plans? Stranded in Berlin without a morsel of food in your stomach? That vintage Rolex in the window...is it worth breaking the bank for? Rapidly going mental about your travel plans?
Pull yourself together, man! Arm your smartphone with a range of essential apps for the indulgent man’s lifestyle. And don’t ever let things get out of hand.
Made by French software company Kinevia, MetrO is the Swiss Army Knife of international public transportation. Before setting off from home, download transportation data packs for all the cities you need to travel to.
The app not only figures out how to get you from point A to B on the Paris Metro, London Tube or Geneva’s trams, but also suggests routes with fewer changes, routes to popular places of interests, and accounts for station opening and closing times.
Can be somewhat buggy at times. But well worth persisting with. Don’t be surprised if you’re soon navigating a city better than the locals.
Travel industry insiders will tell you that this is the definitive flight-search app on the planet.
Not only does it bring together a deep search and a great interface, but it also has the ability to plan holidays on short notice.
The app, much like the critically acclaimed website, helps you plan holidays months in advance with a 12-month fare search option.
Save favourite sectors for speedy search. Great for business, brilliant for pleasure.
Platforms: iOS/Android/Windows Phone
The Michelin Guide
Good food is never too far away if you are a good cook. Or you have a good app.
There are several Michelin guides available for various countries and regions. Hit a button to search for the nearest rated, approved and recommended eatery.
Why take a chance when the masters at Michelin will do the hard work for you?
No tips required.
If you’re travelling to the US or London on work and need to pick up a client or a close friend in a fancy car, then Uber is the easiest, if not cheapest, way to do it.
The company runs a private network of ‘‘friendly drivers and classy cars” to get you from point to point in style.
Think of it as a high-tech limoon-call service.
Alternative: Hailo does the same thing for licensed cabs and taxis.
Upload your flight details onto FlightTrack Pro as soon as you book them, or let the app automatically pull in itineraries from your TripIt profile. Let the intelligent software take care of the rest.
The app automatically keeps you updated on delays and cancellations, gate numbers, and even the historic punctuality of the sector you’re travelling on.
It can even keep your calendar in sync with your travel plans. It also includes additional information such as terminal maps, weather, a SeatGuru layout for your flight highlighting good and bad seats, and even a service that looks up for alternative flights in case your original plans change. Worth every paisa.
100 Years of Rolex
The only thing harder than making up your mind about which vintage Rolex to buy is to figure out how much to pay for it.
Based on the best-selling book of the same name, the app takes some of the mystery out of the process. It comes with a deep archive of hundreds of Rolex models and quick and dirty estimates of prices for all of them, even newer models.
And it is perfectly okay to browse through the 500-plus pictures, humming gently to yourself, when nobody else is looking.
Alternatives: Almost every major watch brand has elaborate iPhone and iPad apps, some of them with elaborate videos and demonstrations. If watches make you purr gently, why not buy an iPad for the express purpose of carrying around all those heavy apps? Makes sense. Ishh.
GQ Style Guide
Never be too far away from GQ Magazine’s wisdom on sharp dressing.
The app combines style manuals, galleries, a how-to dress guide, and previews from the print magazine. Frequently updated and refreshed.
You’ve officially run out of excuses to look sloppy.