Phrases you need to know when you travel

If you are traveling abroad, it is always best to know the language before you travel. However, if you don't have time to actually study the language of the country you're visiting, you should at least know some phrases that will come in handy on the go. For the sake of convenience, we have divided the list of suggestions into several categories.

Greeting others

The first phrase you usually use when you travel is a greeting. Try to adjust the time of day correctly, if applicable. Many languages ​​have familiar greetings and formal greetings, so make sure you use the appropriate language, depending on whether you are familiar with it.

• Hello there!

• How are you?

• good day.

• Good morning.

• good afternoon.

• good evening.

• good night.

• Nice to meet you.

Be polite

In almost any case, you will use certain phrases that are polite and polite when talking to people in non-English speaking countries.

• please…

• Thank you…


• Sorry…

• It's my honor…

• Have a good day…

• Travel safety…

• Sorry. I do not understand

On the way

Since you are likely to travel abroad by air, we will focus this section on the phrases you need to use at the airport – although these phrases are appropriate no matter which transport method you choose.

• When does the plane depart/reach?

• Where is the [airline name] ticket counter?

• I want [water, food, etc.].

• Where is the boarding gate [airline name]?

• Where is a toilet?

• This baggage needs to be checked.

• This baggage is carried with you.

• what time is it?

Customs agent

Some phrases may be especially useful when you are passing customs. Remember to add polite phrases and be as polite as possible to customs agents.

• I am on vacation [or work].

• I will take a transfer.

• I will stay in [days] days.

• I will visit my family at [address].

• I will live in [hotel name].

Upon arrival

After passing customs and arriving at your destination, you will need to understand the various phrases.

• Where can I find a taxi?

• Where is the bus stop?

• Where is this bus going?

• Where is the currency exchange?

• I want to go [hotel or destination name].

• Does my room have a private bathroom?

• How many beds are there in my room?

• Where is my room?

• I want to [number] a bed.

• Where is the elevator?

• My room needs to be cleaned.

• I need [clean towels, toilet paper, room service].

go sightseeing

Once you are away from home, you can use these phrases to help you travel, dine or chat with locals.

• Where is the food market?

•Where is the nearest restaurant?

• Where is the nearest bar?

• Where is the bank?

• How far is the [destination name]?

• I need a [number of people] form.

• May I see a menu?

• Please give me [food or drink].

• Can you give me a check?

Emergency situations

Unfortunately, an emergency can happen anywhere. Use these phrases to get the help you need.

•I need help.

• My friend needs help.

• Where is the hospital?

• I need a doctor.

• I lost my passport.

• Someone stole my money.

• Help!

The more familiar you are with the language of the country you are visiting, the better. However, even if you want to know a few key phrases, you may be a huge advantage when trying to sail abroad and enjoy your visit. The most important thing is – courtesy and respect for others and their customs and culture. Remember, when you visit a foreign country, you represent the United States in many ways. Therefore, doing your best is not only a good reflection of your personal, but also a good reflection of your country of origin.