Traveling as a Vegan

When you live a lifestyle that has a certain set of guidelines or boundaries you try to adhere to, traveling is one of the biggest challenges. It’s easy to carve out daily routines and know where and where not to shop and eat within a certain proximity of your home. But, when you are out and about, you don’t have that luxury.

It can take a little planning and a lot of luck to stay 100% within your personal rule set when you leave your daily life for vacation or travel. When you head to a new country, it can be even more extreme.

This is no different for vegans. But, there are ways to make the entire traveling experience a little easier on yourself from the start.

3 Tips for Vegan Travel

Here are a few ways to help you stay true to your vegan morals while spending time abroad.

Sweat the Small Stuff

Many people focus only on the “big stuff” while heading off on an international trip. That can include making sure your passport is not expired and that you have your hotels situated. In theory, everything else that you may forget can be handled once you arrive at your destination.

For example, a non-vegan might not care about forgetting deodorant or shampoo because they can just pick up any brand’s product near their hotel. But as a vegan, the small stuff matters.

One thing to do is make sure you pack a bamboo toothbrush. It’s a vegan friendly and sustainable option and you don’t have to use the cheap ones in the hotel that are made from who knows what.

By remembering to bring the little things that make you a vegan, you save yourself the stress of trying to find them while in another country.

Vegetarian is an OK Substitution

Depending on where you plan to visit, the idea of veganism might not have completely entered the culture. So, finding vegan eateries might be next to impossible.

But, almost everywhere is familiar with vegetarianism. If you cannot prepare your own meals, and you don’t have easy access to vegan friendly restaurants, bite the bullet and try out some vegetarian places.

It’s not a perfect solution, but when your options are limited, you have to make tiny sacrifices.

Might Makes Right

Some people love solo travel. However, if you are traveling to parts unknown and are vegan. It might be a good idea to go with a group of like-minded individuals.

The main reason for this is actually two-fold.

First, small restaurants and other business might be more willing to make small tweaks to their offering for a group for people that bring more money than to an individual who has very little purchasing power.

Next, as a small group, you may be able to skip restaurants when you’re not having luck and instead head to a market where you can gather vegan friendly ingredients. Then you can prepare you own meals together.

There are some other reasons too like if one person forgets their cruelty free soap, there should be other in the group who did not.

In Conclusion

Traveling while vegan can be a challenge, but it doesn’t mean you should never leave home. With a little preparation and a lot of determination, you should be fine. Go out and explore.

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