13 May Vegan Travel Tips
One of the most stressful events for a vegan especially a new vegan is traveling. We become accustomed to getting our regular vegan products and services near us and traveling means that you might have to find an alternative or forgo a lot of things if you’re not able to find the proper vegan options.
In this article, I will share some valuable tips on vegan travel.
Pack some vegan treats for your travel
If it’s possible, carry some vegan treats with you on your journey. If you’re flying to a different country you need to first find out if it will be possible to pack some treats and if so in what quantities. This will help you keep rejuvenated should you need something sweet on your journey.
Let the hotel or your host know your vegan needs
Whether you’re being hosted by a friend or booking a room in a hotel, it is important to first find out if they have a vegan option on their menu. It is also important to let them know you are vegan and what foods you can and cannot take because they might be willing to prepare special meals for you. If they don’t get it right initially please be patient because you might be the first vegan they’ve ever hosted and as much as veganism is big in America and parts of Europe, there are still many countries where it’s a foreign concept.
I was once hosted by a family in Africa and when I told them I was vegan, my wonderful motherly host slaughtered a chicken for me because, in their culture, chicken meat is considered so light that it falls in the same category as a vegetable. As much as I couldn’t eat the food, I really appreciated the gesture.
Carry your own vegan save items
My vegan save-item number one when traveling to Asia is soy sauce. As vegans, we cannot consume fish sauce which is what most Asian street vendors use on their delicacies. So why not carry your own vegan sauce? You can also carry your own seasoning and even a small chopping board and knife to prepare your own fresh fruits and vegetables.
Learn useful phrases
One key dilemma of international travel is the language barrier. You can easily end up eating food that is not vegan because of communication breakdown. So, learn words like fat, egg, meat, milk and other terms that can help you identify ingredients in foods so that you don’t deviate from your vegan diet by accident.
Connect with other vegans
If possible, connect with other vegans in the place you’re traveling to and you can do this online. Most vegans from different parts of the world have online groups. Connecting with them can help you learn where to eat and buy vegan items during your travels. Remember vegan living goes beyond what you eat, you might want to shop for vegan clothes, shoes, and other items to take back home with you. The easiest way to do this is by getting help from other vegans in the area.