Now that the holidays are over and we’re left facing a long, dark winter many of us have already started thinking about escaping the cold for warmer climes. With these tips you’ll be ready for some plant-based travel anywhere in the world!
Before you leave for your trip, make a list of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in your destination, using resources like Happy Cow and local blogs and vegan sites.
Make your own maps
Make your own Google map for offline use (only available for iPhone right now) to avoid data roaming fees. Open the map of the city you want, type “ok maps” into the search bar and hit enter. You can “star” or favourite vegan restaurants on the map as well, and use this map even when you’re offline whilst abroad! In The Essential Vegan Travel Guide, I walk you through each step of creating a map.
Learn the local lingo
Look up how to ask for vegan food in the local language if you’re going abroad. The Vegan Society produce an excellent multilingual vegan phrasebook. It includes the languages of over 95% of the world’s population.
Don’t just look up the word for “vegan” – make sure to also write down how to say phrases like:
“I don’t eat meat or fish.”
“I don’t eat eggs or dairy.”
“Does this contain butter/lard/fish sauce?”
Ask questions typical of that country (for example fish sauce is often used in Thai cuisine).
See Veganuary’s food guides for some more tips on local cuisine.
Accidentally vegan dishes
Know some local dishes that are usually vegan or easy to make vegan, for example fava (a bean puree) in Greece. Also be aware of any religious traditions that may make it easier to find vegan food – for example in Romania during Lent many restaurants have a separate Lent menu upon request which is vegan.
If your accommodation has kitchen facilities, have some simple recipes to hand just in case. In The Essential Vegan Travel Guide I’ve also included some “emergency” recipes you can make with little equipment – or even in a hotel coffeemaker (including coffeemaker couscous)!
Caitlin Galer-Unti is a vegan food and travel writer currently living in Barcelona, Spain. She’s traveled to 30 countries (and counting) and blogs about the vegan food she finds around the world at theveganword.com, which has been featured on The New York Times and Yahoo!. The Essential Vegan Travel Guide is her first book.
Link to The Essential Vegan Travel Guide: 2016 Edition on Amazon (£9.95/$14.95 for the paperback): geni.us/3i8F