Part of the allure of travelling is interacting (or attempting to) with locals who speak a different native tongue.
And while that’s all part of the “adventure”, sometimes you really need to get to the point. Sure, for the weeks leading up to your vacation you could pay a bunch of money for language lessons, only to learn how to say “dónde está el baño”. The alternative? This universal icons shirt.
This shirt, designed by Iconspeak.world has a number of every day recognizable symbols on it. Wear it while you travel, and simply point out a combination of the 40 icons to communicate.
These endless communication possibilities can be yours for $35, which isn’t bad compared to how much embarrassment and time it will save you trying to ask for a photo in Mandarin.
“Many times we were confronted with a language barrier that was only to be overcome by drawing signs, symbols or icons on a piece of paper, map, or into the dirt,” explain George, Steven, and Florian, creators of the shirt. “We thought it would be great to have an essential set of icons with you, permanently, so that you could just point on whatever you need – and people would understand. Soon the notepad was pulled out again and we started listing more or less essential icons that would have been of great help during not just ours, but basically anyone’s trip.”
Would you rock this tee on your next adventure?