It’s the summer and that means that a lot of us will be heading off on city breaks, beach holidays and adventure trips. Traveling as a vegan can, unfortunately, add an extra level of stress, especially if you’re traveling with non-vegans: will you be stuck eating bread and salad leaves all holiday whilst they’re devouring platters of goodies? So to alleviate some of that stress here are 3 tips that will make a big difference the next time you travel and help you to relax and enjoy your time off.
1. Restaurant Research
The most important thing you can do before you go on holiday is to do some research. Whilst you’re planning the museums, shops and monuments you want to visit, have a look for vegetarian and vegan restaurants and cafes in the area too. Depending on how you like to do your holidays, you can then plan where you’re going to eat each day, or use these as your back up options just in case you can’t find any vegan options on-the-go.
The best place to find local vegan and vegetarian options is Happy Cow – a website and app which shows vegan-friendly food spots on a map. You could also use Instagram hashtags or vegan travel blogs, such as VeganTravel.com, to do this.
2. Emergency Snacks
Make sure you pack some emergency cereal bars, dried fruit or nuts in your bag whenever you take a trip. Chances are you’ll be doing a lot more walking around than normal so you’re bound to get peckish, so save yourself a grumpy scramble to find a shop near you with vegan snacks by having some with you at all times.
3. Know Your Words
Look up the words for those sneaky ingredients in the language of the country you’re visiting before you go, and have a list of them on your phone or in your notepad so that you can check ingredients on-the-go or confirm with your waiter whether that pizza dough has milk in it (let’s face it, it’s usually milk that’s the culprit!) Definitely check the words for milk, cheese, egg, and vegan!
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