Travelling is a great way of exploring different cultures and the foods that they eat, but if you follow a strictly vegan diet this could be more of a challenge.
If you are travelling in Europe and North America, most people understand what you mean if you tell them you are vegan or vegetarian, but for countries that have very different food cultures, explaining your food requirements can be very tricky.
Thankfully, technology can be your friend and there are a number of apps available which can find restaurants who offer plant-based / vegan options and healthy food.
happycow.net is a free to use app, available on Appstore and google play, which finds vegan restaurants, cafes, and shops near you. It can help you search for vegan-friendly bakeries, health food stores, catering, farmers markets, juice bars, coffee shops, or other types of vegan businesses and use filters for delivery and take away options!
Choosing to go self catering is another good option, as you can visit local markets and buy all the ingredients you need to make something special.
Don’t hesitate to ask the host of your Airbnb or villa for local advice, as most are more than happy to help and try and sell their local area.
How do you get over the language barrier to let someone know your dietary needs?
Google Translate has got me out of many a sticky situation in the past. It is worth remembering that some countries may not have the same internet capacity we have here, so download the languages you need before you go, so you can use them offline.
Do your research before you go. Write down phrases in a notebook in the local language. If you can’t read them, you can always show them to the individual if they don’t understand you.
Take some of your own foods or supplements, as if your diet isn’t planned properly it could make your poorly. If you are worried whether you are getting the correct nutrients before you go, Vegan blood testing gives you the opportunity to amend your diet or start taking the correct supplements.
Although you are not allowed to travel with fresh foods, it is possible to take solid foods, such as snacks and dried fruits in your suitcase or carry bag incase of emergencies.
Have you travelled as a vegan, is their any tips I have missed?