Our biggest update is here - introducing in app travel dates!

TakeMeAway is all about weekend getaways, so for our latest update we’ve expanded on the idea of what a weekend is - you can now choose Thursday, Friday or Saturday as the day you leave on your trip, and Sunday, Monday or Tuesday for when you come back. You still set the budget, but if you want a quick getaway or a more leisurely weekend (and a bit) away, we’ve got you covered!

We’ve also added the option of choosing a trip 3 weekends ahead, so pick this weekend, next weekend or the weekend after; This opens up many more possibilities for cheap flights and last-minute deals. 

We’re not done yet though. We’ve added some more polish to the UI and the iOS app is now closer aligned to the Android app; there is added support for Push Notifications in the future for both apps too. We’ve also had another look at the setting of your home airport, making it more accurate and giving you a wider selection of nearby airports to choose from.

Palermo - one of the new exciting places to discover in app

This is our biggest update since release and we hope you discover your next getaway with us! Don't forget to share your adventures with us on Instagram. You can follow us here - https://www.instagram.com/takemeaway.io/  

TakeMeAway is available now on the Apple App store and Google Play.

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About TakeMeAway

Planning a weekend getaway can be frustrating. It’s especially annoying going through the whole booking process only to find out the price is much higher than expected. So you either book the more expensive trip or have to rethink your entire plan.

TakeMeAway gives you inspiration for your next getaway. And the best part? It’s all within your budget.

 

 

 

 


7 destinations to discover this Summer!

We’re celebrating a 1000 downloads! It's a landmark we’re proud to hit and to celebrate we’re adding more destinations to the app, increasing the total number of getaways to over a 100! There will be new additions over the coming weeks so keep an eye on the app!

First up, if you haven't downloaded app, why not!?! TakeMeAway gives you inspiration for your next getaway. And the best part? It's all within you budget. So go ahead and download the app (we'll wait!)

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The core of our philosophy is to inspire you, and the new destinations contain countries you may not be entirely familiar with. These include Slovakia, Slovenia, Bosnia and more. You will get more for your budget and experience sensations that may be entirely foreign to you! Plus, you get the chance to be the trendsetter and lead the way in exploring new lands...

Here we showcase our favourite 7 weekend getaways from the new destinations. Find something you like? Why not see if they are within your budget, you could well be surprised!

Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade’s troubled past may be etched in the mind, but the city is alive with a newfound passion for life, no more present than in its ever-changing culture and nightlife.

Plunge head-first into the urban jungle and witness a emergence of resilient spirit, or find a tranquil relaxation in Jevremovac Botanical Garden. The after-dark activity is another new heart beating in Belgrade, with a collection of clubs, bars, casinos and cabarets enticing you in. Visit Belgrade and be on the cusp of a changing city.

Ohrid, Macedonia

Peaceful, tranquil and just downright stunning, Ohrid is the largest settlement on Lake Ohrid. The lake itself is one of Europe’s oldest and deepest lakes and this importance was crystalised when it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The old city contains lots of architectural treasures, but we prefer laying by the side of the lake and taking in the breathtaking views.

Oh random fact - In 2010 NASA named one of Titan’s lakes after Lake Ohrid.

Marrakech, Morocco

We’re adding our first non European country with Morocco! Despite being on a totally different continent, it’s still close enough to have a great weekend away. Here we recommend Marrakech - take in the sights, sounds and smells of the souks in a city which is constantly buzzing and bustling. And if you’re a foodie, prepare to have the taste buds tingled with exotic spices and flavours. Yum!

Mostar, Bosnia

Situated on the Neretva River, Mostar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and we reckon the prettiest city in Bosnia. The reconstructed Stari Most (Old Bridge) is the standout (just look at it!), but the old city is full of architecture sites worth exploring.

Bodrum, Turkey

It was about time we added Turkey and we have Istanbul and Antalya joining Bodrum. We think Bodrum gives you that authentic Turkish experience, with a range of bazaars, an old town full of history and wonder (especially the huge ampitheater), Hammam baths to relax and finally great Turkish food. And when you need some time to unwind, the beaches provide ample opportunity to kick back and relax!

Tirana, Albania

Albania tourism is going from strength to strength. Travel north and discover the mountainous landscapes; stay around Tirana for long sandy beaches or go south for a more Mediterranean vibe. A long weekend in Albania will have it all!  

Sarajevo, Bosnia

Lastly we pick another city from Bosnia - the capital Sarajevo. Situated on the Miljacka River and surrounded by the Dinaric Alps, Sarajevo has risen from a war that left the city devastated and is now fully restored to its former glory. Be sure to try the Cevapi - kebabs served in somun (a Bosnian pita bread) for an authentic street food experience!

We hope you enjoy the new locations. Let us know your favourite destination by sharing you pictures on Instagram (follow us here) and swipe to find your perfect getaway!

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Now available on iOS!

As of today, TakeMeAway is now available for iOS! That means our app is available to download for most smartphone users. No more excuses not to download our app! To download the iOS app, click on the following link: 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/takemeaway-last-minute-travel/id1354456380

For any new readers, TakeMeAway helps you to be in great locations for the weekend, all within your budget. Set the amount you want to spend and swipe through destinations. Like something? Then we'll help you find and book flights and hotels. If you are an Android user, click on the following link to download:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.takemeaway.takemeaway

We'll keep it short for today and celebrate the beginning of a new chapter! We're excited to hear your feedback in using the app over the coming weeks. This will help us make TakeMeAway even better. Please email your suggestions to hello@TakeMeAway.io. Thank you to all that have given their ideas thus far.

Where do you want to be this weekend?

Junaid & Tom

 

 

 

 


Spring destinations this April

Spring is in the air, the days are getting longer and everyone is happier. Goodbye Winter! Cities across Europe are celebrating the turn of the season in many different ways ranging from festivals to flower shows. So why not spend a weekend away exploring how different cultures embrace spring?

We share with you a few highlights:

Amsterdam

We have to begin with the spiritual home of TakeMeAway, Amsterdam! It was here where we founded our startup and it’s also the place for Spring (in our very biased opinion!). So what makes the city ideal to spend a weekend in April? Let’s start with flowers, especially tulips! Visit the Keukenhof and breathe in the sights and smells of wonderfully crafted landscaped gardens. The Keukenhof is only open while the flowers are in bloom so make sure you catch them while they last.

If flowers are not your thing then take a boat trip down the famous city canals, a great alternative! Oh and one more thing, don’t miss Kings Day taking place on Friday 27th, the standout street party!

Copenhagen

The sakura trees and its flower the ‘cherry blossom’ are well revered in Japan. However you do not need to fly to the other side of the world to experience the event. A quick hop to Copenhagen for the weekend will make you think why you didn’t do it sooner!

The city comes out of hibernation and bursts into life as people fill out the city’s hot spots. Events include flea markets, street parties and gardens. Check out the top events here. Our tip - the Sakura trees in Langelinie Park.

Vienna

Classical music and Vienna may be a familiar association, but dive a bit deeper and you’ll find a rich, contemporary music scene. Take the ‘Blues Spring Festival’, running throughout April - the longest running blues festival in the world! Find out more here - http://www.viennabluesspring.org/

Bergen

Are you more of an outdoors person? Bergen is ideal for those wanting to mix nature and culture! ‘The Gateway to the Fjords’, April is a perfect time to book a cruise, go sightseeing or hike up one of the 7 mountains nearby; one thing is for sure you will not have a boring weekend!

We’ve only just scratched the surface of what Europe offers this April. Swipe through top destinations in our app and be inspired for your perfect weekend getaway! Where do you want to be this weekend?

TakeMeAway is available now for android - download today: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.takemeaway.takemeaway

Coming soon to iOS.


TakeMeAway teaser video

We're getting more and more excited as we build up to the launch of TakeMeAway. Today we are happy to share our demo video showing exactly how our TakeMeAway works. 

For Android users, remember to mark your diary for 1st March, iOS will closely follow during the month - we'll update you when we have a release date.

I hope you enjoy our teaser!


Counting down and the road ahead

First off apologies for the lack of communication, but we’ve been busy with many things! For those new to us, let me give you a recap of what we aspire to. TakeMeAway helps you to be in great locations for the weekend, all within your budget.

In the first series of posts we discussed the reason why we believe our travel app fills a gap in the market, the excitement of weekend travel and finally our desire to create a great experience. As ever if you have thoughts on our articles please lets us know!

So what have we been up to over the last months? Lets break it down:

  • First and foremost getting our app ready for launch! Last week we started our Beta testing for Android and we’ve already got some excellent feedback from our testers. We thank them for their work so far! We hope to get our iOS Beta ready in the coming week. If you would like to get involved in testing for either platform then please email us at hello@takemeaway.io
  • Speaking of launch, I am pleased to share our Android app will be ready to download 1st March. The iOS version will be available a week or two later (we have to navigate through some extra Apple store requirements…) and I’ll let you know when we have a firm date.
  • We’ve also been building our social media presence, giving our followers ideas and inspiration for the locations they could be in for weekend getaways. If you haven’t already, Follow and like us on Instagram and Facebook!
  • You may have also noticed our blog site here has also undergone a full revamp. We’ll make some adjustments as we progress, but I hope you like the changes we’ve made so far!

As we gear up to our release (and beyond), we will continue with sharing our thoughts on the Travel industry, the new features we implement and just general interesting stuff related to travel.

Thank you for reading the blog!

 

 


Another travel app?

‘Does the world need another Travel App’? It is a question we get asked on a regular basis here at TakeMeAway; and our followers may have asked themselves the same thing.

Both myself and Tom consider ourselves seasoned travellers. We’ve used booking.com and Expedia ourselves (a lot) when planning travel - both locally and all around the world. We found the user experience wasn’t exactly what we were looking for - and so we built TakeMeAway.

We had two aims when we started developing the app:

  1. To make travel what it should be - an inspirational and exciting experience.
  2. To allow the user to set their budget and book their last minute weekend away safely.

In addition existing ‘solutions’ are cumbersome and non-transparent. Especially for last minute weekend getaways. We aim to revitalise the travel experience and inspire travellers to find their perfect getaway.

We’re careful not to use the word ‘revolutionise’ with our app - th. But we can certainly try to create an elegant solution that doesn’t limit and frustrate our users. Especially with an app focusing on the last minute travel. I sincerely hope we can live up to such ambition once our app is released!

Next week, we’ll discuss why last minute travel is so important along with why we’re focusing on only weekends.

In the meantime, think about your own experiences with travel apps and if you have any thoughts and ideas, please share it with us via hello@TakeMeAway.io