Tips for Traveling Where You Don’t Speak the Language

Tips for Traveling where you don't speak the language

Whether you are a first-time solo traveler and exploring a new-to-you destination or immersing yourself in another country, it can be a little daunting…especially if you don’t speak the language!

But just because you don’t speak the language doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go — in fact, some of my best trips have been to places where I had to figure out my way and find clever ways to communicate. Believe me, it can be done!

No matter if you’re trying to find the nearest bathrooms, locate a certain attraction, or explain food allergies, there are ways to prepare yourself for traveling to a foreign country.

Here are my top tips for traveling to a country where you don’t speak the language!

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Use a Translator App

First things first, translator apps have come a LONG way and these can be extremely useful while you’re exploring.

There are a myriad of options, but my typical go-to is Google Translate as it offers typed translations of 100+ languages, with more than half of them available offline (this is huge!).

Did you know that Google Translate also has handwriting translation? And if you haven’t checked out the instant camera translation — this is such a handy tool to figure out what signs say in a pinch.