International travel is becoming more and more accessible.
In some cases, it’s even more affordable than domestic travel.
But what happens when language barriers prevent you from travelling to your dream destination?
In this blog, we’re going to discuss what you need to know about travelling to a different country that speaks a language you’re not familiar with, what the best language translators are, and what you should have handy while travelling.
How to prepare to travel to a country that speaks a different language.
It can feel intimidating to travel to a country where you’re unfamiliar with the language. Still, with the proper preparation and a willingness to learn, you can have an incredible time.
One of the most important things to do before you travel is to research the culture of the country you’ll be visiting.
Always remember that you are a guest in that country. If you want a wonderfully authentic experience, learning about the culture will help you better understand the people you are communicating with and how to be respectful of who they are.
After researching the culture, we recommend pivoting to researching the language. Depending on when your trip is, how long you’re going, and how much time you have on your hands, you may want to learn a bit (or a lot) of the language before going. The more you can communicate, the more confident you will be.
What are the best language translators to use while on vacation?
While on vacation, you may find apps like DuoLingo or HelloTalk helpful. These apps can help you quickly translate what you or someone is trying to say.
When communicating with someone in a different language, it’s good to remember to be patient and kind.
What is helpful to have while travelling?
One of the most helpful tools while travelling is a smartphone with data. If you can quickly access the internet while travelling, you will be able to translate and communicate just about anywhere.
If you’re not tech-savvy or weary of whipping out a fancy phone in a country, you may also find it helpful to pick up a small travel dictionary that you can keep in your purse or bag.
As a language and interpreting business, we can do our best to help you along the way. If you’re planning to travel and need assistance with a travel document or paperwork before your trip, please reach out. We will do our best to assist you with your needs.
We hope you have a wonderful time on your next journey and grow a deep understanding and love for the language of the country you travel to.