So this is my first time ever visiting a country where I am not fluent in the language spoken. In Italy, besides me being able to understand bits and pieces of conversation I am not able to communicate (at least very effectively). Therefore I've decided some tips on what to do in case you find yourself visiting a place where you don't speak the language.
1. Download the Duolingo App
Duolingo is a great tool for learning the language quite quickly if you put in the time. The formatting is simple to use and can provide a great foundation for getting around linguistically in a new country. It can be downloaded on most phones and can even be logged into online. I've been using this since I arrived here in Pisa and it's been helpful in starting to get me comfortable with learning Italian.
2. Make a Friend that knows your language along with their own that are willing to go around town with you.
The easy way to deal with the language barrier is to find or make a friend from the area that is willing to show you around and speak for you. This is especially good for those who are usually timid or aren't comfortable putting themselves out there. Trying to communicate with someone that has no idea what you're saying is scary and might even feel humiliating, but having a friend there to make the transition easier can take away some of the stress associated with a language barrier.
3. Put Google Translate on Speaker
Worst comes to worst there is always Google Translate to simply say what you are thinking to another person without you even having to open your mouth. This can make interactions quicker but the downside is that you won't be putting yourself out there to learn something new and can even come off as insulting for some people for not even attempting to integrate yourself into their culture. I recommend trying to communicate first and if your message just isn't being understood to then pull out google translate.
4. Point and be polite
If you don't speak anything of the language you can always resort to hand gestures and pointing with the hopes of being understood. When using this method it's important to be polite and not do anything that can be considered rude. It might take awhile for a person to understand what you're saying so it's important to be patient because it can get frustrating when you aren't being understood. Make sure to stick with it and not give up because it will leave both you and the other person feeling awkward and embarrassed. If you take time to just learn how to say "sorry" it can help with both people not feeling impatient about the situation.