Travel is illuminating and exciting, but it can offer some challenges, specifically, for those who aren't polyglots, around language. And while taking the time to learn the language of your travel destination is certainly a worthwhile endeavor, it's not always possible. For those who don't speak a second or third language, it can throw up barriers in many places, from airport signage to check-in desks at small hotels, and, almost certainly at restaurants.
"If you don't speak the language, it can be intimidating to read and order from [some] menus," says Sharon Schweitzer, international etiquette expert and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide. "
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Whether you have an allergy—to, say, peanuts—that you must avoid, or you're a just picky eater who can't handle spicy peppers, you might be worried about ordering from a menu from which you can't read every word or understand the description.