A Few Tips to Make Vegan Travel Easier

 L.A. with my Eric May'14

Confession time: Nothing makes me question this vegan lifestyle more than when I travel. NOTHING. I love visiting new places and one of my favorite things is indulging in local food. Unfortunately most of that food contains meat, dairy and eggs. Boo! Sure, I can have them make changes but I'll be the first to admit that it just isn't the same.

I won't pretend that I've never had non-vegan food on vacation. 

I'm not perfect.

I will say that having a plan makes a world of difference as a vegan traveler.

Vegan Travel Tips:

*Bring snacks/meals on the flight

Pack wraps, a sandwich and/or salad for your flight meal with fresh fruit

Snacks: Pretzels, carrot sticks, celery and cucumber to eat with hummus

Whole fruit -grapes, orange slices, apples, and mango

Nut butter (almond or peanut butter) to serve with crackers, fruit or a vegetable

Larabars

Trail mix with nuts, seeds, raisins, etc.

I love how Virgin America has vegan options on their flights.

You should also check with with your airline ahead of time and ask them to prepare a vegan meal for longer flights.

 

*Happycow.net is an awesome resource

All you have to do in type in the zip code and it will populate vegan options near you.  I use this site to find vegan-friendly restaurants and health food stores when I travel.

  Bun Less Bowl from Sage Vegan Bistro, L.A.

 Bun Less Bowl from Sage Vegan Bistro, L.A.

 

*Consider staying in a house/condo or hotel that has a kitchenette to prepare your own food

When we took the kids to Disney World a few years ago, having a kitchen saved us tons of money. I wrote a grocery list and shopped at Publix when we landed in Orlando. Then we had a vegan breakfast at the condo (cold cereal, toast, smoothies, fresh fruit).  I packed a vegan lunch (sandwiches, wraps, salads, fresh fruit, etc.) daily and we used Happycow.net to eat dinner at vegan-friendly restaurants near us. There was even vegan-friendly options right in the Disney parks.

 

*Use your hotel appliances to cook your food 

If staying in a hotel is your only option and you want to eat more meals there, here are some tips from a video I saw a while ago:

  • Bring a small blender and blend fresh produce for smoothies
  • The coffee filter basket is an easy way to steam fresh vegetables
  • Use the coffee carafe to warm soups and beans (I really like this one!)
  • The ice bucket is handy for tossing salads
  • Bring along food grade peroxide to sanitize all the items

Watch the full video from Healthy Voyager here 

 Denver, 2012

Denver, 2012

Happy travels!