whatsupdude4693 saidMe and a couple friends are planning a visit to Europe - Rome in Italy, Athens in Greece, and Istanbul inTurkey - but none of us are fluent in any of the main spoken languages in either country. Has this ever been an issue that any of you have come across or are we bound to find English speaking people in each country since we are visiting the major cities?
Any other tips are appreciated!
I've been to six or seven countries in Europe, and I could only speak the language in one of them. You won't have a problem if you're limited to English; virtually every travel-oriented establishment - restaurants, hostels, museums, landmarks, etc. - accommodate English speakers.
More than likely, there will be many other people traveling from exotic destinations, and they will also try and use English to get by. Natives might actually be more appreciative of you since you speak English fluently. I just wouldn't recommend being too cavalier about not knowing the native language. It could be useful to learn a few key phrases; "I'm sorry" and "thank you" almost always come in handy.
Also, just a word of advice, don't let your friends accept drinks from strangers in or around bars without paying in advance. Quite a few of the other students abroad got strong-armed into draining their ATM accounts from some shady folks.
Just be smart about things, use your common sense, take a lot of photos, and enjoy yourself!