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Must-Have Translation Apps

Must-Have Translation Apps

Must-Have Translation Apps for 2018!

We’ve all seen it. Many of us have done it. When trying to communicate in a foreign country, people seem to think that speaking loudly (in English) and waving and gesticulating wildly will somehow, magically bridge the vast communication gap. It doesn’t. If anything, it only serves to confuse, bewilder and bemuse poor unsuspecting locals.

 

Get to the Bathroom on Time!

It wasn’t that long ago when the language barrier was far harder to bridge. Waaaayyy back in the early 90’s when I was traveling through Europe, I had to schlep around many English to (fill in language here) dictionaries with me. Trying to ask locals a simple, yet mildly urgent, question would test their patience, as I frantically leafed through the pages trying to piece together a cogent phrase–more often than not, that phrase was “where is the bathroom,” which I usually managed to mangle. It’s embarrassing to have to resort to Charades to get that point across.

 

Indeed, getting lost in translation is common. The good news is that it no longer has to be this way! Which brings me to this week’s blog topic.

 

Travel with Confidence

The following apps will make your travels easier, more fun and, perhaps most importantly, allow you to travel the world with confidence knowing that you will be able to navigate languages with success (and get you to the bathroom on time).

Must-Have Translation Apps
Must-Have Translation Apps
Travel "APP"reciation tips from Travelsafe Clinic
Travel "APP"reciation tips from Travelsafe Clinic

Google Translate 

This is one of the best translation apps out there, as Google Translate supports more languages than the competition. Here are the stats:

Type to translate: 103 languages
Offline support: 52 languages
Real Time Video translation: 30 languages
Camera Mode: 37 languages
Speech-to-speech translation: 32 languages
Handwriting translation: 93 languages

It’s a free app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play!

 

iTranslate Voice 

This is a very cool translation app, as it translates what you say right after you say it! At the moment, it supports 44 languages and dialects. This app is as fun as it is useful. Downloadable from the App Store or Google Play.

 

Waygo

If you are traveling to Asia, this is the app for you! Wago instantly translates Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters with no data connection needed! One of the cool things it can do is Translate Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters using the camera on your smartphone! This app can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play!

 

TripLingo

This is the Swiss Army Knife of translation apps, as it combines a translator with language learning tools, cultural information, free international calls with wi-fi and much more! At the moment, TripLingo supports over 100 countries and offers instant voice translation in 42 languages.

Less Gesturing and Shouting!

We hope that these apps will make your next trip more enjoyable and less intimidating! You won’t need to gesture wildly or shout real loud anymore! If you’ve used other translation apps that you love, let us know! We’re always interested in hearing your suggestions! Happy translating!

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Bring a Proper Carry On – Travel tips from TravelSafe Immunization Clinic

Bring a Proper Carry On - Travel tips from TravelSafe Immunization Clinic

Keep Calm and Bring a Proper Carry On

There are a few monumentally panic-inducing moments in life. One of them is the moment you realize that you’ve lost your cell phone (yikes!). Another is when you’ve been waiting at the luggage carousel and realize there are no more bags coming out!

 

Old Underwear in the City of Lights

If you’ve been that poor lone traveler looking around helplessly at a, now empty, baggage area, you know the importance of properly packing your carry-on! I made the colossal error once of not even bringing carry on luggage with me on a flight to Paris, and let me tell you, there really are few things worse than day 2 in the City of Lights wearing the same underwear from the day before (TMI)?

 

The Essentials

So, take it from us when we say that packing a proper carry on is essential! Here are a few “must pack” items that will save you if the airline loses your luggage!

 

Cell Phone Charger/Laptop

Most people bring their cell phones with them on the plane, but often forget to pack their charger in their carry on. This is dangerous as if the airline loses your luggage, your phone will now only be useful as a paperweight. Also, many planes these days have USB ports built into your seat that can be used to keep your phone or computer charged, which is especially useful on long flights! Being as we rely so heavily on technology these days, you don’t want to be stranded thousands of miles in the air sans laptop!

 

The Basic Toiletries

Ensure that you pack a toothbrush, toothpaste, and facial wipes. Not only will this will save you from having to buy them before arriving at your hotel if your luggage is lost, but on long flights, you may want to freshen up (especially if you are meeting a loved one at the other end!)

 

Savoury and Sweet Snacks

Sometimes a tiny bag of honey roasted peanuts just doesn’t cut it! It’s always a good idea to bring some snacks that you love with you on your flight. It’ll make your flight more pleasant and you’ll save a lot of money bringing your own snacks, rather than pay a small fortune for the ones they sell at the airport. Be sure to bring snacks that are easy to eat and easy to store!

 

Change of Underwear/Clothes

Anyone who has ever lost their luggage will attest to the importance of packing a few extra pairs of underwear and a change of clothes. You’ll be very glad you did if your luggage is lost! There are few things more uncomfortable than having to step out the next day in your old “plane” clothes.

 

Entertainment

Everyone knows that long flights can be an exercise in tedium, which can often be compounded by the person sitting next to you that insists on telling you everything about their home reno, or their grandkids. The best defense for tedium and the tedious is to bring a healthy arsenal of entertainment! Traditional paper magazines are fine, but these days many airlines have apps that allow you to access their online library of movies, TV shows, and music. You can access these apps on your smartphone or laptop, so it’s a great idea to bring them with you in your carry on! And let’s face it, nothing says “don’t talk to me” better than popping in your earphones!

 

Keep Calm

So, if (God forbid) you should lose your luggage on your next flight, you’ll have the peace of mind that you’ll have all the basics you’ll need for the first few days. Most importantly, you’ll have those extra pairs of underwear!

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