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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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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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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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How to fly free with points: save thousands of dollars, and make your travel dreams a reality!

Fly for free you say? with reward miles, yes you can. In just 3 short years, we earned enough miles to fly two people to Europe, during high season, eight (8) times!!!! Do you need me to repeat that? That’s EIGHT free international flights in 3 years! Do I have your attention yet??? We use …

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Rick Steve’s European Travel Guides: The single best guidebooks and why you should BUY THE BOOK

When my husband and I decided it was finally time to go to Germany, I didn’t know where to start. Although I had lived in Germany many years ago we needed to make the most of the little time we had available. I decided to buy a guidebook in hopes that it would get me …