If you are a vegan traveler, you know how hard it can be to find products, restaurants, and shops that fit your lifestyle. It becomes even harder if you travel with people who aren’t vegan! We have gathered 5 tips that will make your travels easier and far less stressful.
- One of the most challenging things about being a vegan on the go is finding places to eat. This can be especially difficult when you’re in an unfamiliar part of the world, and don’t speak the language! Even if you’re in an otherwise vegan-friendly city, you may find yourself in an area with few options. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to plan for this and find food wherever you go:
- HappyCow is a community-driven app that allows users to search for vegan-friendly restaurants in their area. The app includes more than 60,000 restaurants worldwide and is accessible in 21 languages. With HappyCow, you can also rate and review places you’ve visited, so others may benefit from your experience.
- Allmenus is another helpful way to find local restaurants with vegan options. Allmenus allows users to search for restaurants by cuisine and location, as well as by dietary preferences.
- If all else fails, pack your own food! Especially when it comes to snacks, you can just take your favorite vegan cookies with you. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
- Always carry your own toiletries, just in case you’re not in an area where you can get things easily. The good thing is that vegan options tend to be better for travel, especially shampoo and conditioner bars. We have a special travel kit so you don’t have to worry about container sizes, and they include all of our favorite products!
- Remember to do your research! A great thing to do before you travel anywhere is googling “vegan” and the name of the place you’re going to: “vegan [insert city or country name here]”. This can lead you to blogs and message boards where people have posted about their experiences in that destination.
You can also read about vegan restaurants, shops, and grocery stores, so you know what’s available when you arrive. It’s great to go to other places and learn more about local vegan products and shops. You might learn new things and try new food!
- Try to find accommodation with kitchens so you can cook your own food. This allows you to control what you eat and also saves money on eating out all the time. The easiest option is to stay in an Airbnb apartment, but you can also stay at a hostel with a communal kitchen! Just make sure that you wash up after yourself and choose hostels with good ratings when it comes to facilities and cleanliness.
- Always call your airline 72hs earlier to ask for vegan meals. Some airlines have the option of selecting special meals on their websites, which you can do by logging in. Just remember not to leave it till the last minute!
If you’re reading this, you’re probably either planning a trip or have just arrived in a different country for your own vacation. We want to wish you a happy and safe trip, and we hope these tips were useful! If you want to find ethically sourced vegan products, our website is dedicated to making veganism easier and giving you access to all the lifestyle products you might need. Check out our shop, and especially our traveler bundles!