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Travel apps your phone needs to pack

Let’s face it, we rely on our phone for so much these days and the need for it when travelling is nothing different.

From online banking to google maps, our mobile phones navigate us through day to day life. The same can go when travelling. If you have the right apps on your phone, you can navigate yourself through day to day around the world.

Travel Journalist and Editor at Captured Travel, Kate Webster, shares with us some of her top travel apps that she can’t live without, making her travel smooth and trips enjoyable.

Google Translate

Google Translate really is a traveller’s best companion. It is arrogant to think your language will be spoken in countries around the world and let’s be honest, learning a new language takes time. Enter Google Translate. Apart from being able to talk or type into the app in one language and have it translated to your choice of language, there is a brand new feature that allows you to snap a photo that features text, highlight it , and then translate it. This can be especially helpful when it comes to street signs, menus and store signs. Available for both iOS and Android, there is also an offline translation feature, a talk feature for conversations and writing option. This app turns you into a multilingual traveller.


TripIt is like having your own personal travel manager in your pocket. It gives you a single view of all your trips, to help you keep it all straight – even if you’re planning one while still on another. TripIt instantly creates a schedule showing you where to be and when for each trip, includes all your reservations – from hotels to car hire and more, and gives you notifications of updates as they happen. You can then share your trips with family, friends or colleagues so they know your plans. Additional information provided also helps, like airport maps, nearby places of interest and more. There is a free version and a paid version.


Travelling normally requires flights, accommodation, tours, car hire and more. Searching for the best deals is time consuming, confusing and well, even risky of fraud or scams. This is where Trip.com becomes your best go to app for planning your travel – prior to departure and while on the journey.  Not only can you discover and book the best hotels, flights and more with the free Trip.com App, but you get exclusive member deals when you sign up, not to mention rewarded Coins every time you book that can be used for future travel.  While you are travelling, you can get handy information from the app such as destination information and even book last minute tours if you have a free day to explore.


For those travellers who want to delve a little deeper into the country they are visiting (and prefer not to cheat with the previous Google Translate App) there is DuoLingo. This app allows you to learn a language before travelling, so you can be prepared on arrival to speak the local lingo. Depending on how quickly you pick up new languages, this is an app you need to spend time on prior to arrival. It is good to learn some of the basics at least and locals will approve it.

Elk Currency Converter

A currency converter is one of the apps, along with maps, that you’ll use multiple times a day during your trip, starting with that morning coffee. For this reason, it is essential that a currency app should be simple to use, but also easy to read. Enter Elk Currency Converter, one of the best-looking converters out there, and one whose design serves a distinct purpose: to thwart sticker shock when traveling abroad. Where Elk shines against the competition is its clean, no-clutter design. When you type in one conversion, you also get that value times ten, with numbers listed in big text on one screen, so you can quickly judge how much one croissant costs, or if you can splurge on two.

Lounge Buddy

Access to an elegant lounge, especially ahead of a long trip or during a long layover, can make all the difference in the world. Lounge Buddy loads up all the lounges near you, including photos and lists of amenities, and offers access to them via one app. Book ahead when you know you have a layover, or open it up when you arrive. When lounges are not accessible, the app will explain restrictions so you can avoid wasting your time. A one-off lounge pass in some cases starts from as little as $25.


About Kate Webster

Kate Webster is the founder and owner of Captured Travel Media. She is a world traveller, ocean lover and conservation warrior who is determined to make every moment count for not only herself, but the world around her. An editor and travel journalist, Kate travels the globe in search of vivid imagery and compelling stories that capture the essence of the people and places she visits. She is a passionate conservation advocate, sustainable traveller and always travels with reason and cause.