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Google Translate explained: a step-by-step guide to using Google Translate

Google Translate can be a game changer when planning travel to a foreign country. I’ll illustrate here all of the features of Google Translate and explain what they do so that you can take full advantage of these travel planning tools 1- Use Google Translate Desktop Version I couldn’t even begin to plan international travel …

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Germany, Switzerland, and Austria: a two-week, highlight packed, whirlwind vacation itinerary

Table of Contents Germany in my heartGetting aroundRhine RiverMoselle River ValleyBurg Eltz CastleThe Black Foresta little Switzerland on the side!Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau CastlesZugspitze and Eibseean afternoon in Austria!RothenburgWurzburg PalaceAnd there you have it, our two week highlight packed whirlwind vacation. Germany in my heart Germany was the goal. I grew up there, and I love …

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Dreaming of world travel but don’t speak the language? A guide to overcoming the language barrier

When we lived in Germany when I was a kid, my mom carried a pocket phrasebook around wherever we went and it served her well.Things have changed a lot since then. Today, we have some really fantastic resources for breaking language barriers that may arise when traveling internationally. If you’re dreaming of world travel but …

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Complete Visitor Guide: Stunning Eibsee Lake and Zugspitze Mountain, Germany

Eibsee Lake is located in the Bavarian region of Germany, just 8 miles outside of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It sits at the base of Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. These two are in such close proximity to one another that they share a parking lot making it easy to fit both of these stunning locations into one day! …

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A beginners guide to easily navigating public transportation when traveling

Does using public transportation intimidate you like it does me? Here at home, my commute is a nearly 100-mile per day drive through the country. I brave sleet, snow, torrential rains, and suicidal deer, among other things. Yet the mere mention of public transportation always strikes a tiny bit of fear in my heart. My …

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Lost Valley Trail, Arkansas hiking guide with photos: waterfalls and a lush forest!

Lost Valley Trail near Ponca, one of the most popular hiking trails in Arkansas, turned out to be one of my favorite trails EVER! Arkansas…..so lush, so green, it ever does justice to it’s moniker, the “the natural state.” If you love nature, you are going to love Arkansas. As we walked down this beautiful …

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Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein castles made simple: everything you need to know to plan your trip

A pair of stunning castles, Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein, are conveniently located just a stone’s throw from each other. Hohenschwangau Castle was a childhood family retreat of the most tragic of characters, King Ludwig II. Neuschwanstein Castle was his own personal masterpiece. Romanticism, fantasy, tragedy, betrayal, and mystery all come to life on these two castle …