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!
Of 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?
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.