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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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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 …