There is a widespread myth and a common fear among travellers that eating a vegan diet is difficult when you are on the road. This is definitely not the case! I’ve just returned from Bali and have been fortunate enough to travel to many different corners of the globe on holidays, backpacking and for various other reasons and I can confidently say that eating a vegan diet is becoming easier and easier every time I dust off my passport and go on a new adventure.
Over the years, I have managed to learn a few tricks on how to enjoy and maintain a vegan diet while I am on the road. One thing I always tell my friends to do when they are heading to new corners of the globe is to make sure they explore the areas they are visiting on foot. By doing this, you get a better understanding of the country and culture you are in and you also see things you would not necessarily get the chance to see if you were in a car. More often than not, you also stumble across ‘accidentally’ vegan menus and quaint little restaurants that are hidden in the back streets.
Another great way to ensure you find fantastic places to eat wherever you are travelling in the world is to do your research beforehand and take notes on where the restaurants you want to try are and how close they are to where you are staying. By reading blogs, websites and reviews, you can generally get a great idea of what the cafes and restaurants are like and what kind of food they serve. However, if being organised is not your strong suit, downloading the Happy Cow app is an absolute must. This little lifesaving pocket of wisdom is a guide to finding vegan, vegetarian and veg-friendly cafes, restaurants and stores wherever you are in the world and it is an essential tool if you are wanting to find the best restaurants a city has to offer.
At the same time, depending on where you are travelling in the world, it can also be beneficial to explain why you are vegan in a ‘language’ the waiter/waitress is more likely to understand. For example, in some countries you can often get the message across a lot clearer if you say you are vegetarian, but highly allergic to egg and milk products. While you will not have to do this often, sometimes it can be the only way people understand.
If you are lucky enough to be heading off on adventure, whether it be locally or internationally, then employing these tactics is a surefire way to ensuring you not only have a great time, but also eat fantastic food. Do your research, explore the area you are staying and be open to trying new things. You will be surprised how many fantastic, delicious and creative vegan meals you will come across.