Sunday, March 30, 2008

Traveler's Translator

We’ve literally been searching for this for years, but we finally stumbled on the source. One of our favorite international travel tools has been a flip-card that shows icons for transportation, medical conditions, food, lodging, and many other items. It was given to us by the physician’s office which advised us on vaccines for travel to exotic locations. Try as we might, we couldn’t find the source (and the drug company that produced the cards didn’t seem to offer them to the public), or how to get another copy – until now.

These waterproof, foldable cards are made by Kwikpoint. For only 15 bucks, they can be an invaluable resource for travel to any country where it’s likely you won’t know the language. Think villages in South America where they speak neither English nor Spanish. Africa. Pacific islands. Asia has so many different languages. We struggled to ask for ibuprofen in Slovenia (we tried English and Spanish; the pharmacist knew Slovene and Italian).

This is truly a geeky tool, but wonderful nonetheless.