6 Tips to Help Vegetarian or Vegan Travelers Eat Well While Traveling

Travelling when you have a restricted diet can be challenging. This article helps to provide advice and ensure that vegan travel goes smoothly when you’re abroad in a country that may not be very tolerant of this matter.

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When you’re traveling, culture is very different from what you’re used to. You may be able to easily find everything from probiotics for babies to vegan snacks for travel at home, but how easily will you find the items you need abroad? If your area vegetarian or vegan, so many obstacles will be on your way. One of the most common is that people may misunderstand these terms and be confused about what it means to be either a vegetarian or vegan. You can also discover that aside from the difficulties of a language barrier, there are not many options available to eat.

It’s important to eat healthily and so skipping on this is not an option when you’re traveling. So, how are you going to get ample nutrition while staying true to a cruelty-free lifestyle? We can tell you now that it’s completely possible to eat delicious and nutritious food during the journey. We’ve prepared a vegan travel guide with six great tips to help you eat well when on the go.

1. Making Use of the Right Destinations

A lot of destinations are much more vegetarian or vegan-friendly than others. Many large and developed cities around the United States or Asian countries, such as Bhutan and India, have numerous restaurant options for either diet. India, as an example, has many thousands of vegetarian eateries because this culture truly understands what the diet means to people. Moreover, they have respect for animals. If you are looking for other options, Israel is also great, as well as Italy. If you look at Turin, this is an area full of vegetarian places.

It’s important to note, however, that there are numerous nations, which historically have eaten animals and made it part of local entertainment and culture. In Argentina, for instance, the beef industry is rife, in Spain, bullfighting is a common cultural practice. You shouldn’t take part in these events; yet, one should be mindful of them and understand that they are part of the culture.

2. Book the Hotels, Cruises and Tours Properly

Just like different countries have different perceptions of vegetarianism, so do organizations. We have found that certain hotel brands focus on wellness, such as Como Hotels or Six Senses — they tend to accommodate numerous vegetarian options, and their staff is highly knowledgeable about the vegan lifestyle.

It can be difficult to find a group tour unless they specifically have vegan-friendly itineraries. However, it certainly can be done. As an example, Intrepid Travel company has recently introduced three different tours, specifically for vegans. If you ever go on some city tour, it’s a good idea to check whether they offer either vegan or vegetarian options. With a little planning, things can really go your way. We would recommend checking with the regional tourist board before scheduling your trip or ask your local travel agent.

You can also find a variety of vegan travel tours that design vegetarian and vegan menus to suit their clients — these organizations are listed all over the Internet on vegan travel blog websites. Get acquainted with some of them because they are a brilliant source of vegan travel tips in general.

If you’re planning to rent an apartment and cook vegan food by yourself while on a vacation, make sure you have all the must have kitchen gadgets and tools to do so.

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3. Use Technology to Your Advantage

Fortunately, in this day and age, there is a whole world of technology that can help you. Applications, such as Happy Cow, offer a brilliant service to locate both the vegetarian and vegan restaurants all around the globe. We’re surprised at how easily you can find a place in even the most remote location! There are dozens of similar applications that will show you a restaurant or vegan travel club nearby. Don’t be afraid to search websites such as TripAdvisor or Yelp, which can come in very handy.

4. Learn the Local Terminology

Vegan and vegetarian are two different things in English, and they aren’t always translated well into other languages. Before you leave anywhere, make sure you understand the equivalent terms in the language of the country you’re going to. This will help clear up any dietary requirements that you have.

Some countries may not have an idea what the word vegan means, and there might be no equivalent, so what will you do in this case? Try to be more specific and instead learn to say “no eggs, no meat, no dairy.” If you don’t want to eat meat, be specific about the kind, for instance, saying “no chicken and no fish.” It’s also a good idea to ask about the ingredients because even though something isn’t clearly listed on the menu, it could contain meat. A good example is Japan, where almost all vegetarian soups come with Dashi stock, which is made from seafood.

5. Eat Raw Vegetables

By eating raw vegetables, you can maximize the number of nutrients you’ll get. When food is heated, this can destroy the natural enzymes and nutrients that we need. The fiber from raw veggies will also help you prevent feeling bloated. If you’re ever unsure about how something has been cooked, or you’re not able to find options that suit you, it’s quite easy to head to the local market and pick out some raw vegetables to eat.

6. Always Be Prepared When You Travel

Last but not least, make sure that before you go anywhere, you have a complete arsenal of snacks on your hand and the best first cereal for baby. Some great ideas include dried nuts, fruit, protein powder, and nut butter. They can keep you satisfied and provide energy until you can find someplace.

Vegan Travel Can Be Easy

Things aren’t as hard as you think! We hope to have shown you that with a little planning, vegan travel is certainly possible. Many people all over the world will travel for vegan food, and so should you!

What would you pack in vegan travel bags? Tell us some ideas in the comments section below.

Author’s Bio 

Alex Green is a copywriter with 3 years of experience. He is fond of healthy living and knows everything about home improvement. In his spare time, Alex likes walking with his golden retriever, meeting with friends, and attending the gym.

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