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Being Vegan on Holiday


As a vegan, it can be challenging to find appropriate food to eat when we are travelling. Not all countries are open to veganism and many people still don’t know what it is. Since it is the beginning of summer, I thought it could be a nice idea to write about things you could do if you’re going abroad, especially if you are still new to veganism.

I went vegan last July and I was worried about what I would be able to eat while travelling. I never wanted to tell the waiters that I’m vegan because I didn’t want to be a problem for the restaurant, and to be honest, I felt slightly embarrassed which made it more difficult to find meals I could eat. I made a couple
mistakes, but now I know what I need to do to avoid making them again.
Firstly, the easiest thing to do is search for vegan/vegetarian restaurants on the internet. Even if you can only find vegetarian ones, there’s a big chance they will know what veganism is and so they’ll be able to accommodate for you. Not all restaurants necessarily have vegetarian options (like in the UK) so it’s best to search where you’d like to eat before you start your day, and to write down several options in case the one you want is closed.  
If the only available vegan restaurants are too far away, closed or that you’re walking around without the internet to help you find somewhere to eat, you can try and find ‘safe’ food places where you know you’ll be able to eat. For instance, I go to Asian restaurants because they often have vegan food on their menus; I go for a pizza (remember to ask for no cheese) or I eat chips if I really can’t find anything. Of course, this all depends on where you travel, but at least for Central Europe you can find these different types of foods very easily. 
Also, I’d recommend that you travel with snacks. If you’re hungry and aren’t able to find vegan food, it’s always good to have nuts or energy bars in your bag. They can also be helpful if for example you’ve only been able to eat sides at restaurants, therefore you can avoid feeling tired and light-headed. 
Finally, my biggest regret when I’m discovering a new place is that I often can’t taste local food, and to me it’s a big part of the culture. You might be able to find vegan versions thanks to the internet, which is always better than not tasting anything at all, even if the flavours are slightly different. 
Of course, it all also depends on who you’re travelling with. It’ll be easier if you are travelling by yourself or with other vegans, than if you are the only one. I was very lucky last summer because the person I was travelling with was very open to going to vegan restaurants with me, so I was able to eat properly quite often. If you are the only vegan in your family or among your friends, be sure to look for different places you could eat, that maybe also offer options for the people you are with so that you can all eat together. Maybe also try suggesting to eat at a vegan restaurant all together, they might be up for it! 
I wish you an amazing summer, and good luck if it’s your first time travelling as a vegan!

Lots of love,

Eleonore

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