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
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.
*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