Being a vegan traveler poses some challenges, even in the most vegan-friendly cities in the world. Vegans are advised to write down, in the local languages of the places they are visiting, that they do not eat meat, seafood, or any animal products, and present the slip of paper to servers and cooks abroad. Well, now there’s an app for that.
Redsign Media’s V Cards: Vegan Abroad app says “I am a vegan” and explains what that means in more than 70 languages, including Afrikaans and Basque. It doesn’t need Wi-Fi to function, and you won’t have to worry about your handwriting being illegible — as though you kids these days even handwrite things anymore. In any case, you’ll no longer fret about that paper getting crumpled and lost in the bottom of your carry-on luggage, which is to say, you don’t have to worry about losing your V card.
All jokes aside, it does sound like a pretty convenient thing to have on one’s phone. There could be a similar app for gluten-free travelers (G card? GF card?), or travelers with nut or other food allergies. If all else fails, there’s always Google translate.
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