Use your words
- Make it a priority to memorize a few words and expressions: "hello," "goodbye," "please," "thank you," "help," "I'm lost," "do you speak English?"
- When you want to find a restroom, try using the word "toilet," which is understood almost everywhere.
Use your face
- Your facial expression can get your further than you might think. If you look quizzical or confused or worried, but most of all friendly and open, you will usually find help.
- A smile will be universally understood. But remember that Americans smile more than people of some other nationalities. A smile of greeting is less likely to be returned in Germany, Russia or Japan.