10 Easy Tips for Eating Vegan While Traveling
1. Seek out vegan-friendly spots
Before your trip (and during), do some research on the great vegan restaurants to check out. Here are some places to help you search:
- Yelp: Simply type “vegan” in the “find” tab and your location and see what pops up. Read reviews to see what others are saying about a spot’s vegan options.
- HappyCow: HappyCow.net finds restaurants and stores near your location that are vegan, vegetarian, and veg-friendly. Click on a restaurant to read reviews and check out photos posted from other users. Download their app to take with you on the road.
- VegGuide.org: Search by continent, by airport, or type in your destination on VegGuide.org to search veg-friendly spots on this community-maintained guide.
- VeganTravel.com: Browse vegan restaurants, activities, and accommodations all across the world on Vegan Travel. Check out their travel guides for videos and blogs contributed by the vegan community from specific places around the world.
- Your destination’s official tourism page: If there is an official tourism website for your destination, type in vegan in the search field. Results may yield a list of restaurants or even a complete guide.
- TripAdvisor: Find vegan options at nearby restaurants on TripAdvisor. Once your results appear, you can filter your search by neighborhood, price, cuisine, and meal type.
- Google: A quick google search with vegan plus your destination can turn up awesome guides and articles, round-ups, and of course, a list of restaurants.
- Your accommodations: Ask the staff at your hotel if they know of any meat- and dairy-free options in the area.
2. Get social
Find out what types of vegan organizations are in the area you’re visiting. Groups around the globe get together at restaurants serving vegan foods or even host potlucks. There just might be a scheduled outing when you’re planning on being there. Check out Facebook and gathering sites like MeetUp to see what’s out there.
3. Pack your favorite snacks
4. Contact restaurants ahead of time
5. Stay somewhere with a kitchen
6. Or at least get a fridge and microwave
7. Know where the nearest grocery store is
8. Familiarize yourself with common phrases in the local language
Ordering a meal in a spot with a language barrier can be hard enough, and adding explaining your dietary needs to the mix can be a real challenge. Learn useful phrases that can let you properly ask about ingredients or communicate what to leave out. You can even opt for purchasing a translation card from SelectWisely. The laminated cards illustrate you don’t eat meat, eggs, shellfish, or milk products in Portuguese, Turkish, Vietnamese, and a dozen more languages.
9. Don’t forget your toiletries
10. Fly with airlines that offer vegan meals in-flight
When you can, try to fly with an airline that offers vegan meals and snacks in flight like those listed below.
United Airlines: Special vegan meals can be ordered by request when a breakfast, lunch, or dinner is scheduled on the flight and when it is at least 24 hours before departure. Request your meal while booking or add it to your MileagePlus account. If you’re booking your United flight through a third-party site, you’ll need to call customer service.
Virgin Atlantic Airlines: Request your vegan meal while booking your flight no later than 48 hours before your flight. This meat- and dairy-free meal is available on all flights.
Singapore Air: Simply manage your booking information to request a special vegan meal.
American Airlines: If your flight has meal service, call 24 hours in advance to ask for your special meal. They also ask you let your gate agent and flight attendants know that ordered a special meal. Menus vary to reflect seasonal and fresh ingredients.
Qatar Airways: Vegan meal options are available by requesting one at the time of booking or contact your local Qatar Airways office up to 24 hours before you take off.
Cathay Pacific: This Hong Kong-based airline flies to 162 destinations and offers high-protein, high-calcium, iron-rich vegan meals.
Do you have any travel tips for vegans? We’d love to hear from you.
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