whym: the travel app that every (real) traveller needs

I always dreamt of travelling, to explore new lands and to understand other cultures and when I was little I had this dream that I was obsessed with. I wanted to be able to speak all languages in the world to be able to communicate with every one. Of course, it didn’t take me long to understand that all languages was a bit too much for me (and for everyone)!. But when I enrolled to high school, and having this dream still in mind, I choose for a course where I could learn as many languages as possible. In my case it was English, French and German. Not a bad start, right? The truth is that today I totally forgot my German, my French is very rubbish, but English became my second language after working and living in London for almost a decade. Oh and I picked up Spanish in between too.

But Italian, English, French and Spanish haven’t been enough for me. By now, you should all know that I’ve been travelling for quite a while, in fact I’ve recently celebrated my first year of Freedom. After the Emirates, India and Australia, I am about to board a plane to New Zealand before getting lost among the Pacific Islands. During this time I kept thinking I needed something. I needed a great travel app.

I have spent the last 10 months in Australia where English is obviously the main language, but staying in hostels, campgrounds and in the Australian bush, I have met people from all over the world. I shared desserts with a Portuguese family in Cairns, slept under the stars near Uluru with a bunch of Germans, Spanish and French, lived with Chinese people in Melbourne and Koreans in Sydney. And you know, English can take you a long way if the other part can speak it, but it can’t take you deeper. I love talking and getting to know people from all over the world, so here’s where whym comes in handy. Thanks to this little travel app, I’ve managed to learn about ancient cultures in China, secret granny’s Thai recipes as well as refresh my French. Thanks to whym I understood that I don’t need to learn all the languages in the world, because whym knows (almost) all of them! 

registerOf course, Google Translate and tons of other robot translation are great to translate a menu or to ask for directions, but to TALK, to really have a conversation, they are quite crap. I think there is something very comforting about walking around an unknown city with an interpreter in my pocket. I surely feel much better now that I know that whatever train I need to take, price I have to pay or direction I have to ask, my favourite travel app is going to do it for me. Just in case.

And, in a worse scenario, what if you are stuck in a tricky situation: a hospital bed, a remote airport or some strange embassy. Well, having the option to communicate properly makes me feel better (and calmer). You know for that just-in-case peace of mind that makes travelling so much easier.  

But how does whym actually work? 

The idea of whym is simple: to connect travellers and businesses all over the world to a professional human interpreter within 60 seconds via a click of your smartphone. Yeah, easy right? It’s pretty incredible to be honest. Once you have registered on the app, whym can identify you and connect you to a huge database called InterpretersPortal, where 2,300 freelance interpreters are logged 24/7 and available to take your call. All in less than 60 seconds. How cool is that?

yeah, but I need Mandarin? 

Languages It’s a growing expansion process, but whym already offers 13 languages, including French, German, Russian, Arabic, Italian, and yes, also Mandarin.


And so, after testing this travel app for a couple of months, along with other travel blogging colleagues like @AnnaEverywhere, @Abrokenbackpack and @Talesfromafork, I can confirm that whym is the one travel app that makes exploring easier and more fun.

With whym, language barriers are a thing of the past. 

Try it for yourself and download whym now from Google play or the App Store to prepare for your next wild adventure!

Footnotes: this post was sponsored by whym – all views are my own 

  • Pospitips Zone

    ride on, this is a well written article thanks for sharing.

  • What a fantastic discovery! I wish it had Balinese as I go there often and while English gets me by I would love to be able to converse with the locals better. Will be downloading this!

    • I am sure they are working on it, I read somewhere that they are adding 30 languages to the app, plus adding a new language base that isn’t English. I think this is great. And yes, I loved Bali and their people and I wished I understood what they say too! 🙂

  • Pospitips Zone

    great ideas for travellers. Keep writting

  • Danielle Bricker

    What an interesting idea for an app. I’m surprised it’s free to download. I hope the freelance interpreters get compensated fairly…

    • Yes, the app is free but you have to pay for minutes / credits to use the interpreters which is fair I think for them. I know most people want free things nowadays, but I think such a quality service by professional interpreters is extremely valuable. I love the app also because it keeps alive the (human) translation industry, right?

  • Zoe Naylor

    Sounds like a really useful app! I think I’ll download this for my next trip 🙂

  • Amanda Williams

    Sounds like a really useful app for any traveller. I will definitely check it out next time I’m planning an overseas trip.

    • Excellent! yes, I think if you are travelling to countries where they don’t speak your native language it can really come out handy! have a try! 🙂

  • Susan McNulty

    This is a great find! I’m going to have to sign up for it as we travel through Europe. I’m curious, did it cost you anything or is it completely free?

    • The app is actually free so you can easily downloaded to your phone. Then you have to buy credits/minutes to use the service, but it’s actually very reasonable and for the type of service I believe very convenient! Let me know how it goes in Europe!

  • Helene

    Hi! I ll try it for sure ! I’m always looking for new app to help me with my travels! Thanks! (I agree google trad is sometimes so off!!)

    • awesome! yes, have a look, I mean how great is to have a translator in your pocket? I think also for the price is very reasonable and I’m happy for freelance translators who can actually do their jobs instead of being constantly threatened by technology !

  • Perrisha Hudson

    Hmm…I need to look this one up then. Thanks for the info!

  • I will definitely try it out, it seems so useful and at the same time so much fun. I always love to learn new languages, just to try to connect with the locals even more. And yes, Google Translate makes some special sentences quite a few times haha.

    • haha! totally! With google translate you can have awesome and awkward conversations with other travellers, I love it for that too. But whym is actually very cool for other kind of conversations when you are trying to REALLY understand someone without the fear of misunderstanding each other. It’s very smart! 🙂

  • Carola

    Whym sounds very useful! I have a few tracking apps, but I didn’t know this one. Never heard of it. It looks great. Very handy to get things translated quickly.

    • Thanks Carola – yes, I was a bit skeptical at the beginning because I relate on google translate and word reference a lot, but actually there have been moments where having a real translator to do the hard work for me has been brilliant! try it and let me know!

  • Stacey Gilkes

    Sounds useful. Have never heard of this one before but it looks really good so may have to try it out!

  • Jillian Michelle

    This is a really cool concept 🙂 I’m currently studying Korean. Do you know if it’s one of the 13 languages currently supported? I might hafta take a look <3

    • Yup! Korean is one of the languages supported! Have a go and let me know how you like it! 🙂

  • Maggie Alexander

    What a great concept! I am going to download the app, I never even heard of it. The language barrier is definitely one of the hardest part of travel, so anything to make it a bit easier and I’m all for it!

    • YAY! exactly! How cool is that you can actually communicate with anyone you meet on the road? I mean, of course it would be perfect if we could speak all languages as I dreamt when I was little, but now I realise it’s quite impossible, so here’s where whym comes along to make our life easier. Let me know how it goes! 🙂

  • Arnav Mathur

    Thanks ! Was banking on Google translate but now will try Whym as well.Thanks for sharing.

  • Laveena Sengar

    Seems like a great travel app. I haven’t heard of it before but will surely check it out.

  • This is so interesting! My day job is in hospitality (in a pretty large hostel) so I will definitely check the app out – and hopefully it’s something our front desk can use!!! Thanks for the info!!

    • Yes! that’s a great idea! For hospitality is a great tool actually and maybe your manager/hostel can invest in something like this to make all guests feel very special. 🙂 Let me know how it goes! 🙂

  • This seams very similar to a translation app I use. Apps like there really come in handy 🙂 Great post.

  • JM

    Never knew that an app like this exists. Just downloaded it now and will try to explore the app and feedbacl later. Thanks

  • How cool….good to know that such an app exists. Will definitively have to check it out and give it a go. Thanks for posting about it 🙂

  • Rashmi & Chalukya

    Whym definitely sounds like a great idea. We believe to explore like a local knowing a bit of local language and connecting with people is crucial. And of course the unforseen situations this app is definitely gonna help

    • Exactly! It’s always nice to be able to leave the beaten track, but as soon as you do it, there are less info and people who speak English and this app can actually come in handy in situations like those!

  • Erica

    Interesting. I use something similar in the hospital I work at to speak to others when need be. It would be super cool to have it right there on my phone!

    • Yes, exactly in hospitals it can be very, very useful! both for doctors/nurses and patients. There is nothing worse than being in one and not understanding what’s going on. You should totally try it and let me know how it goes! 🙂

  • Interesting app-my husband is fluent in three languages, and is skeptical of things like Google translate because of it’s limitations. he says nothing beats a live person.

  • Hang Around The World

    We use some of these app you suggest in this article, they work very well. We have to test the ones we haven’t downloaded yet 🙂