Tips for Eating Vegan Out in the World:
Traveling as a vegan can have it’s challenges, People ask me all the time how we manage to eat on the road. It’s not as hard as it seems. I will be honest and say that some places offer less options than others but in general there is always something healthy and good to eat if you can tap into your resourcefulness. Here are a few tips:
- A good idea is to google what the cuisine is for whatever country you are going to before you travel. Find out what the staples are. This will give you a good head start to what you will be looking for before you even get on the plane.
- Hit the farmers market. Most cities all over the world have them. Ask around for times and days and go. Not only will you find what’s local, but the experience will get you feeling like a local in no time.
- It’s always a great idea to rent your own apartment or house to be able to cook. Believe it or not, you can often find a great place, in a great neighborhood, with way more space than a hotel room at the same price as one. There are countless websites to find a place these days such as airbnb and vrbo. And again, staying in your own apartment or house will give you the wonderful local experience.
- Imagine you are at a restaurant and there isn’t a single vegan option on the menu. Look at the dishes and see what is being served with the main dishes. You can often piece together a wonderful meal if you can read between the lines and help the waiter to do the same.
- Traveling with small kids? When traveling somewhere remote, I often pack some instant oats, cous cous, nuts, and dried fruit in my luggage for a tricky situation. Sometimes I will also bring a few soft packaged garbanzo beans. But in general I’ve never had a problem finding a bean and a local leafy green to go with the cous cous. Worst case scenario, I throw in the dried fruit and nuts. Of course hot water is very easy to find. Think where ever they sell tea…