Traveling can be disorienting- new environment, different language, changing hotels frequently, along with fatigue and jet lag. If you are traveling with a group, you may not be paying as close attention to where you are or where you are staying. You need to know how to reconnect if you get separated from your group.
Got a cell phone? Take a picture of your hotel. You can show this to someone to help you find your way back, even if you don’t speak the language. If they have a business card or match book, take one and keep it with you.
Make a plan. Decide where you will meet, if you get separated each day. Know where your group is headed next. Wear a watch to keep track of the time. Ask your tour guide the best way to contact them if you get separated from the gang. Your bus may not pick you up where you got dropped off.
Here’s my biggest problem when I travel. I am not good at other languages. I always try to learn the basics – please, thank you, where’s the bathroom. But in this world you need more than that to get by.
Now there’s Google Translate. This amazing app translates in to 64 languages. You can type in your words or speak into your phone and it will translate your spoken words. Or push the hand write button and write in your words to be translated. Hit full screen and show someone your translations. You can also communicate with another person using speech-to-speech translation in Conversation Mode.
You’ve just got to check out this app. Oh, yeah and it’s free.