(Closed) Want to take a trip abroad with DH… but I am a nervous traveler…. any ideas?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think you will be fine.  I’ve been to a few European countries, and we never ran into someone who didn’t know English, especially if you stay in the bigger cities.  A lot of the schools there teach 3+ languages to their kids so they are fluent in many languages.

Post # 5
313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think most places in Western Europe should be fine.  FI traveled throughout various countries in Western Europe on his own when he was younger without much knowledge of any language besides English and he was alright.  

Maybe ask him if there’s any language he’d like to learn the basics of before you go and then you could choose a destination where he could practice what he’s learned (this way you won’t have to do all the talking and he’ll have learned something new).  Perhaps you could learn a new language together ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
1199 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@cbee: I have travelled to many random places sadly knowing only English.  Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Portugal, Japan, etc.  I found that people spoke English basically everywhere.  And I was travelling alone for most of these trips.  I think Europe would be totally fine…Germany Switzerland, Italy…

Post # 8
2233 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would say that anywhere (Eastern or Western Europe) would be fine. I have lived and worked in different parts of Europe and I have yet to be lost with my limited language skills. There is always someone who speaks English! 

ETA: As I was writing this I realized that the first time I travelled on my own was to Czech Republic and Italy when I was 17.. that was 10 years ago! Feeling a little old…

Post # 9
2693 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

Fiance and I went to Paris a couple of years ago.  Both of us have plenty of years of Spanish under our belts, but only I had taken a bit of French in HS.  Fiance had traveled before to Paris and several places in Italy, but I had never been to Europe/abroad.  I was nervous, but glad to have a pretty basic knowledge of French…at least a enough to communicate slightly and read/interpret signs, etc.  Luckily, my Fiance is a very take-charge person, and doesn’t feel uncomfortable with a language barrier.  He asked me several times to ask simple queries, but took it upon himself to figure out phrases with a phrasebook (even though he speaks French terribly hahah).  What I’m getting at is…9.98 times out of 10, our standing-outside-the-cafe-to-practice-a-phrase was usually for naught, as every single person we ran into spoke English.  We definitely encountered a few sour french people who refused to use English, but we knew enough to get basic info, etc.  If he is aware that western Europe is very diverse in terms of languages, I’m sure he’d be more comfortable with being forward.  I think another thing that gets travelers a long way is making an attempt at the language, no matter how basic or butchered.  I think usually the native speakers would just rather communicate in English, rather than waste more of their time listening to someone stumble through a memorized phrase!

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