Being a vegan and/or vegetarian can be tricky, especially when you travel. Here are tips for sticking to a vegan or vegetarian diet for your next trip.
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I’ve recently been trying to live a more vegan lifestyle. For the past 6 years, I’ve been a vegetarian/pescatarian (meaning I’ll eat fish at times). As a full-time traveller, this can be difficult, but with practise and time, I’ve been able to learn some ways to make travelling as a non-meat eater that much more easier. In this video, I teamed up with my friend and long-time vegan Candice of The Edgy Veg, to share our tips for staying vegan while traveling.
Tip #1 – Do Your Research
Research the areas you are interested in travelling to ahead of time. There are many countries that are vegan and vegetarian friendly. I’ve travelled to many countries where I found eating a vegetarian diet to be fairly easy. This is especially true in countries with tropical climates that allow for delicious fruits and vegetables to be grown year round.
Tip #2 – Bring Snacks
This tip is a good one to follow even before you head to the airport. Let’s face it, airplane food is definitely not the most vegetarian and vegan friendly. This is especially true for the breakfasts and snacks that are served. That’s why I always bring my own snacks with me on every flight.
Right now, my go-to favourite snacks are Hemp Bites, which contain the protein, omega-3 and omega-6’s that I need to keep me going when I’m feel tired and lacking energy. There are also damn tasty! I also like to bring nut butters with me which also give me a boost of energy when I need it. Candice likes to throw a few meal bars or vegan protein powder in her purse as well.
Tip #3 – Stay at a Place that has a Kitchen
Staying in places that include a personal or communal kitchen will allow you to cook your own meals. Many hostels, guest houses and Airbnb offer access to a kitchen as part of the fee per night.
Tip #4 – Learn Key Phrases
I always suggest learning some key phrases in the local language of the country you’re visiting. As a vegetarian/vegan, it’s important to also learn key phrases that will help you when dining. It’s even more important to be specific with your words. Instead of learning, “I don’t eat meat,” you can learn to say, “I don’t eat chicken, beef, pork or fish.” There have been several times when I’ve told a server that I don’t eat meat, and she’s brought me something with chicken or fish in it. Her response, “There is no meat in this dish. Only chicken.” I guess chicken isn’t considered meat in some places…
I would also suggest learning how to say, “I’m allergic to…” If you tell a server or cook that you are allergic to meat or dairy, the situation will be taken more seriously.
Tip #5 – Learn Substitutions
It’s also a great idea to learn substitution words in the language of the country you’re visiting. For example, instead of using chicken in a dish, maybe they can use tofu or mushrooms. Instead of fish sauce, maybe soy sauce can be used, etc…
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