Travel planning tools to help plan your best trip. From overcoming language barriers to using the latest web tools to plan epic trips.

  • 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 …


  • Why you should still be thinking about travel during the pandemic

    COVID has had us all stuck at home for months, too many months. Sure, some places will allow us in, but will we be able to get back home? but we can still travel in the US right? Maybe. With COVID restrictions changing every day, sometimes even hour to hour, maybe you have given up …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Why you should still be thinking about travel during the pandemic

    COVID has had us all stuck at home for months, too many months. Sure, some places will allow us in, but will we be able to get back home? but we can still travel in the US right? Maybe. With COVID restrictions changing every day, sometimes even hour to hour, maybe you have given up …


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tips: Some resources I can’t live without when planning travel and globe trotting: google translate (make sure you download the app too!) google maps (great for planning, make sure your using the app for travel and be sure to download your destination map before you go if you think you may not have service.)