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How To Eat Around The World On A Vegan Diet

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How To Eat Around The World On A Vegan Diet

Finding safe and familiar food to eat while traveling can be hard enough without an additional allergy or dietary restriction. Eating around the world on a vegan diet can certainly be challenging--but it’s not impossible! In recent years, the vegan diet has become more and more common and easy to accommodate. Even if you’re in the most remote part of the world, you’ll be able to find something vegan! Here are some tips for eating around the world on a vegan diet.

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Do your research before you travel.

There are a lot of things you should research before you travel to a new place, but as a vegan, you also should research the local cuisine. Different areas of the world have different customs and traditions surrounding food, and knowing those will make it easier to navigate a new part of the world as a vegan.

Some countries of the world might not understand what it means to be vegetarian or vegan. Each country has its own foods and dishes which make it special, and in cases where these are not naturally vegetarian, you might need to skip many regular tourist choices. However, some parts of the world like India are naturally vegan-friendly as many of their popular dishes are free of meat or seafood.

The best way to prepare to travel as a vegan is to research your destination before you leave. Knowing what to expect is part of the hassle. Equip yourself with knowledge about which local foods are vegan so you’ll be able to easily find your way around a restaurant or market!

Use the web or apps to find local vegan restaurants.

The rise of technology has made it easier than ever to live comfortably as a vegan. There are countless reviews, lists, and guides available online from fellow travelers with different dietary restrictions. Prepare a list of restaurants you know cater to vegans before you leave so you have a number of places to try!

The HappyCow app makes it easy to find vegetarian and vegan restaurants nearby, so it’s definitely worth a download! Use the web as a resource before you download, searching things like the best restaurants in Ocean City, MD, or top vegan restaurants in London, and you’ll have a number of great options.

Don’t be afraid to ask.

It can be daunting to speak up in a foreign country, especially if you don’t feel comfortable with the local language. Prepare yourself before you travel by learning how to say “vegan” or “vegetarian” in the local lingo, or how to say “no meat.” If you don’t feel confident speaking, print out the translation on a cards or paper so you can use these when you go to restaurants.

Don’t be afraid to ask your host or hotel staff about vegan options in the area where you’re staying. These local guides are familiar with travelers from around the world and shouldn’t find your request unusual in the slightest. Most likely they’ll be thrilled to recommend places, and they can help you with communicating your special dietary needs.

Prepare your own meals.

Remember, fruits and vegetables are readily available throughout the world! You can always go to a market and pick up some local fruits or a meal you can prepare yourself. Consider using a service like CouchSurfing or staying in a hostel with a kitchen so you can easily prepare your own food while traveling. There is a lot more to visiting a place than eating the local food, so try not to be too hard on yourself if you struggle to find local cuisine that fits your dietary needs.

Pack snacks from home.

Don’t underestimate the power of a granola bar or crackers when you’re hungry! While it’s important to try the local food whenever you can, it can definitely help if you pack some of your favorite snacks from home. Just make sure they’re nonperishable things like granola bars, crackers, chips, or chocolate. These are perfect for carrying with you on days when you’re out exploring, and they can make a big difference in your enjoyment of a place. Nobody is happy when they’re hungry!

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Be prepared to adapt.

It’s hard to prepare for everything when you’re traveling. Though you can try your best, you’ll likely unintentionally run into mishaps. This is common when there is a cultural and language barrier, and it’s just a part of traveling.

Perhaps you’ll be invited into a local home for a meal and you’ll be unable to communicate your dietary needs while they won’t take no for an answer. Maybe a restaurant will serve you the wrong thing by mistake. In these instances, you’ll simply have to follow your intuition regarding cultural norms and dietary needs. Be prepared to be flexible in these situations, and simply do the best you can.

Tips for traveling on a vegan diet

Traveling on its own can be exhausting! When you add a vegan diet into the picture, it can become even more challenging. While it might take some preparation, you shouldn’t have any problem eating vegan while traveling as long as you remain open-minded and do your research!

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