While many people have put off their travel plans until the health of the globe gets back under control, this hasn’t stopped people from planning out their dream vacations that they’ll anxiously be waiting to take as soon as international and domestic travel is considered safe again.
For many travelers, going to a place that’s very different from where they’re from is the ideal. But in many of these situations, the people living at their destination may not speak the same language as they do. In these instances, travel can get a little more complicated.
To help you in figuring all of this out, here are three tips for traveling to a place where you don’t speak the language.
Try To Learn The Basics
If you’re not fluent or functional in the language of the area you’ll be visiting, John E. Discala, a contributor to Inc.com, shares that the least you can do is to learn a few key words or phrases that will help you along your way.
Generally, if you at least try to speak a little bit of the language, people will be much more willing to help you, or at least not view you as a stupid tourist. So if you can learn how to say basic courtesy words or phrases that will help you interact with the locals, it could go a long way for you.
Use An App To Help
For times where you can’t learn more than just a word or two of the native tongue, what can be really helpful is to find an app that can serve as your translator.
According to Wendy Perrin, a contributor to Tripadvisor, there are a lot of apps out there that you can download to your smartphone and then use when you come across language you don’t understand yourself. When you need help reading directional signs, you can use your camera to read the text and then have your app translate what it says. You can also use your microphone to translate what you hear in other languages into a language you can understand and help you speak to people in the country you’re visiting.
Find Help From Hotels
If you’re needing some help but you’re not able to find the answers online or have any luck communicating with people on the street, Jillian Kramer, a contributor to Travel and Leisure, shares that your best bet will be to visit a hotel.
In the tourism industry, the employees and workers are used to helping people who aren’t from the area or aren’t familiar with the language. So by visiting a hotel or a concierge, you are likely to get the exact help you need.
If you’re planning to take a trip to an area where you don’t speak the language, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you still be able to communicate.