Being vegetarian sometimes is not easy especially when travelling to different countries. It takes time to fully committed to vegan lifestyle while you are also being a frequent traveler. You don’t know the place you are going to visit and their and their foods. You don’t know if you can keep your vegan lifestyle in unfamiliar place. However, it is not impossible because there have been many full time travelers who are also vegetarian or pescatarian who have succeeded in making their vegan travel much easier.
How to stick with vegan lifestyle when travelling
Always do your homework
Do your own research about the place you are planning to travel to ahead of time. Do not worry too much because there are many countries that are vegan and vegetarian friendly around the world. Do not feel like you are given limited option of where to go. For the tips, countries with tropical climates are easier for vegetarians. Because they have bunch of delicious fruits in wide variety that grow year around.
Research for vegan-friendly restaurant
If you have picked your destination, find the restaurants or diners that are vegan friendly prior the trip. Hence, you don’t have to look around for hours looking for them when you have arrived. In many cases, you can request vegan foods in specific dishes in many restaurants. You can ask to eliminate the meat from the dish you want to order on the menu for example.
Pack snack from home
Airport and airplane foods are not always vegetarian friendly. Hence, sometimes it makes it difficult for vegetarian travelers to just simply eat what they receive from the service. If you bring your own snacks you don’t have to worry about abandoning your vegan life or starving. Make sure that your snacks are healthy foods containing nutrition your body needs to stay healthy.
Stay in lodging with communal kitchen
Book a place that has a personal or communal kitchen so you can make your own meals. Many accommodation don’t charge extra for it. Buy fresh produce from local market and prepare your own meals. Try local ingredients to be mixed with your favorite vegan ingredients. This way, you won’t miss out the cultural experience of authentic foods from the place you are visiting.
Learn more about vegan alternatives
Learn substitutions so you have more alternatives about your vegan meals. For example, you can substitute chicken with tofu or mushroom, or fish sauce with soy sauce. it can be challenging if you just practice your vegan lifestyle. However, you can always learn and you will be able to master it over the time.
Learn vegan terms in destinations’ local tongue
It is even better if you can learn terms or phrases in the local language of the country you are visiting because it can help you a lot when dining. For example, you can learn phrases that say “ I don’t eat meat/chicken/fish“. you can also tell a little white lie to the staff of the restaurant by saying you are allergic to meat/fish, etc. Hence, they will take you more seriously.