Infographic: How to be the international master of saying “Hello”


Being able to say “hello” to your hosts in a foreign land is a small but significant asset on any trip. It can make the world feel smaller, better and more comfortable, wherever on Earth you may be—which is what inspired Joe Shervell to step in. The London-based infographic designer has made the world’s most useful tool of communication […]

Travel App of the Week: Google Translate (UPDATE)

Google Translate

I’ve featured Google Translate in the past but this week it just got a whole lot better. The app has integrated Word Lens, after Google bought the app, and it’s made it even better. Now travelers can translate any text including street signs and menus just by holding up their camera—all without an internet connection. The translation is […]

Travel App of the Week: WordLens


WordLens is a brilliant app that translates printed words from one language to another using only your smartphone’s video camera, in real time. And you don’t need to be connected to a network! Even better, it’s free! Right now you can buy these language pairs: English ⇆ Russian English ⇆ Portuguese English ⇆ German English ⇆ […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Don’t Be Intimidated by Language Barriers


Don’t Be Intimidated by Language Barriers Don’t let language barriers deter you from traveling; these days, most locals around the world, especially the younger generations and those in the hospitality industry, speak English. It depends where you’re going, and you should do your research, but it’s important to remember that we’re living in an age […]

Travel App of the Week: Duolingo


My friend Jen Leo turned me on to this site when she wrote about it in the Los Angeles Times last week. Duolingo offers free language learning via classes/games/exercises, and already, more than 20 million subscribers are onboard. They have courses in French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish and instruction includes a combination of reading, verbal, audio […]

Travel App of the Week: TripLingo


I discovered this app walking the tradeshow floor of the GBTA conference last week in San Diego, and it’s brilliant (and should make everyone’s foreign travels that much easier). TripLingo allows you to translate your voice into the local language when you’re traveling. It also teaches you essential phrases, gives you a crash course in […]

Travel App of the Week: Google Translate

Download Google Translate Smartphone App

It used to be nerve-racking traveling to a foreign country where you don’t know the language and don’t have a local by your side. But thanks to Google Translate that’s not the case any more. Users can just type in a comment or question into their mobile device and select the language they wish to […]

Iceland Guide


Greetings from – you may not believe this – Iceland! I was fortunate to be invited on Icelandair’s inaugural flight from the West Coast (San Francisco) to Reykjavik, and tour Iceland for a week. I admit it: At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go. I checked out the 10 day forecast, and the places on […]