The Expats’ toolkit: Translation Apps

Kate  @goodmigrations

As a coffee lover, I always look forward to sipping a cup of java in the city I’m about to explore. My usual routine is to ask a local where their favorite cup of coffee is. Since I’m not multilingual, there were multiple times that I needed some help in order to ask the million-dollar question, “Where do I find the best cup of coffee around here?” Thankfully for my sleepy, non-morning-liking, caffeine-fueling self, I had my translation apps.

Gone are the days where expats rely on flipping through a 100+ page book of English translations, taking up precious room in their already tight backpacks. With a quick swipe, tap and scroll of a finger, Translation Apps have made it possible to communicate with just about anyone, anywhere.

Below are some of my favorite translation apps I recommend you keep handy in case, you know, coffee is your thing too.

Google Translate
Download on: iOS, Android, Windows
Free
Google Translate- Goodmigrations

In my books, Google Translate is “the favorite” of all translation apps. Why? Because it’s: free, can be used on many devices (iOS, Android, Windows Phone), translates more than 80 languages, works offline and can translate by using speech, typing text or taking a photo of a word or sign with the camera option. The simple layout and quick translation also brings this one to the top of my list. Read more…

6 Ways to Sleep Abroad – All Without a Hotel

Kate  @goodmigrations

If you’re feeling creative, there are lots of ways to feel comfortable and cozy while sleeping during your travels abroad – all without staying at a single hotel.

We’ve explored a few options to give your next morning coffee abroad a new view:

Sleep in a Swag

Swag (n): traveling with ones personal belongings in a bundle.

The term swag (often called a bedroll) comes from our friends in Australia and New Zealand. Essentially, a swag is a padded sleeping bag that allows you to sleep outside under the stars, safely and comfortably. Whether your travel plans take you exploring the Australian outback or hiking the grounds of a National Park, a swag is the closest you’ll get to sleeping face-to-face with nature. Read more…

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