Interactions with other cultures are, for the most part, why we travel. With a whopping 80 percent of people worldwide not speaking English fluently, and 7,102 living languages on the planet… chances are reasonably high of coming face-to-face with a Language Barrier.

If you restricted your movements to the parts of the world where people understand you, you might not get too far. As travelers, we don’t want to let language barriers hold us back from embracing the experience and getting the most out of our time abroad.  So join us, @TravelGalNicole@eshan921@monicazyoung@thecitycookie and the Passion Passport community this week as we embrace Language Barriers and discuss ways to overcome them. We’ll be chatting from 2:30pm EST, Wednesday 14th. Make sure to tag us in your tweets with #PassionPassport.

If you are unavailable during the chat time but would still like to participate, feel free to schedule your tweets according to the times listed below:

Q1 – 2:30pm EST

Welcome to the chat! What languages do you speak and what would you like to learn?

Q2 – 2:35pm EST

How do you overcome language barriers while traveling? Any tips?

Q3 – 2:45pm EST

With numerous programs on the market that promise to make language learning easy, do you have any recommendations?

Q4 – 2:50pm EST

How do you think attempting to speak a foreign language adds to your travel experience? Share a pic!

Q5 – 3:00pm EST

It’s not meant to always be easy, in fact, often times language barriers can be extremely overwhelming. Have a story of a trialing time? How did you overcome this?

Q6 – 3:05pm EST

Have you made a friend who speaks a different language to you? Tell us the story and share a pic if you can!

Q7 – 3:10pm EST

You can learn new vocabulary while ordering dinner or simply walking a cities streets. Share a learning experience you’ve had while abroad?

Q8 – 3:20 pm EST

How does a new culture affect your creativity? Share a stand-out photo or article that was influenced by a different culture!

Body image by Renata Fraga / Header image by Annie Spratt.