One of the biggest challenges travelers visiting foreign countries face is the language barrier. If you’ve tried any of the early translation apps, especially the free ones, then you know it is all too easy to try asking where the bathroom is and end up asking where chickens live.
iTranslate Voice has made great strides with mobile translation technology, making it easy to visit a country without first having to master the language or walk around with a translation dictionary in hand. This easy-to-use app knows more than 40 languages (Arabic, Croatian, Hindi, Ukrainian and Vietnamese, just to name a few) and can translate both voice conversations and texts in seconds. Conversations can be saved, copied and exported from the app so transcripts can be shared.
The app comes with a Phrasebook feature pre-loaded with more than 240 phrases likely to be useful in your language of choice. You can also use the Favorites feature, which allows you to create a customized list of phrases you want to have prepared and ready for use whenever you need them.
The app is free to download but only comes with a seven-day free trial. After that it costs $4.99 per month to use. There is also an option for a yearly subscription of $33.99.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.
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People need a “chance to get some well-needed rest, relaxation and fresh air.” This is a sentiment we all likely share, as does the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union. The EC included that phrase when it released its plan to help reopen Europe following the COVID-19 global pandemic. While most EU borders remain closed to international travel until at least mid-June, the EC’s plan starts with inter-Europe travel, and are non-binding recommendations and guidelines. European countries still have the final decision, so travelers are advised to check the restrictions of the countries they plan to visit. According to the EC, “blanket restrictions of free movement are replaced by targeted measures.”