TRAV­EL­ING WHILE VE­GAN

Our Tips for an Amaz­ing Trip

Raise Vegan - - Contents - Story by Julie Nealon

DO YOUR RE­SEARCH

Some des­ti­na­tions are more ve­gan- friendly than oth­ers. There are lots of ve­gan- friendly places to visit in the world such as var­i­ous parts of the United States, Asia - In­dia specif­i­cally, Is­rael, and Eu­rope is be­com­ing a lot more ve­gan- friendly, too. Look up spe­cific places of in­ter­est on In­sta­gram and Pin­ter­est to find the best ve­gan op­tions avail­able.

Be aware that there are many places that have meat and an­i­mals as part of the lo­cal cul­ture and en­ter­tain­ment. Some cul­tural events will in­clude an­i­mal scar­i­fi­ca­tion or ex­ploita­tion, so avoid th­ese. A few “main at­trac­tions” to look out for are bull­fight­ing in Spain, the Yulin fes­ti­val in China and ele­phant rid­ing in Thai­land.

AC­CO­MO­DA­TION

Be­fore book­ing a ho­tel or hos­tel on­line, it's a good idea to touch base with the ac­com­mo­da­tion man­age­ment or cus­tomer ser­vice team and ask how ve­gan- friendly they are. Most places tend to be pretty ac­com­mo­dat­ing, even if they don't of­fer ve­gan break­fast op­tions, they'll prob­a­bly at least get you some non- dairy milk.

Well­ness des­ti­na­tions, like spas, are a won­der­ful op­tion, they gen­er­ally tend to be knowl­edge­able of. and cater to, a ve­gan diet.

There's also the Airbnb route. If you choose an ac­com­mo­da­tion with its own kitchen, you'll be able to cater to your own di­etary needs. You'll also save some money by cook­ing for your­self as op­posed to eat­ing out for ev­ery meal.

If you're su­per ad­ven­tur­ous, Couch­surf­ing is a great op­tion for ve­g­ans. A lot of hosts and surfers list their di­etary re­quire­ments, so when search­ing for hosts in a par­tic­u­lar city you can en­ter “ve­gan” as a key­word and fil­ter the re­sults. It's ac­tu­ally a great way to meet lo­cal ve­g­ans who will give you the inside scoop on where to go and what to see.

NET­WORK­ING & APPS

There are a few great ve­gan apps avail­able th­ese days, my fa­vorites are Hap­pyCow, Vanilla Bean, AirVe­gan and The Ve­gan Pass­port.

Happy Cow and Vanilla Bean are ba­si­cally the ve­gan ver­sion of Yelp. They both pro­vide a di­rec­tory of world­wide ve­gan and veg­e­tar­ian restau­rants. AirVe­gan tells you which air­port ter­mi­nals have ve­gan choices. The Ve­gan Pass­port is a mul­tilin­gual ve­gan phrase­book app, it's also avail­able in book­let form. This is ba­si­cally a ve­gan trav­eler's Rosetta Stone.

Look­ing up lo­cal ve­gan face­book groups can also be a won­der­ful re­source for meet­ing fel­low ve­g­ans and learn­ing about the lo­cal ve­gan cul­ture and events.

BE PRE­PARED

Look up key ve­gan phrases be­fore you head off to any for­eign lands. Not ev­ery lan­guage has a word for ve­gan, so be sure to find the most ap­pro­pri­ate way to ex­press your di­etar y pref­er­ences. This is where The Ve­gan Pass­port app comes in very handy. If you don't want to go hun­gry on the plane, train or boat, you should call ahead and or­der a ve­gan meal op­tion with your tours, ac­com­mo­da­tions and trans­porta­tion.

Pack your own snacks! Even if the travel des­ti­na­tion or mode of trans­porta­tion guar­an­tees ve­gan food, do your­self a fa­vor by pack­ing snacks just in case. Veg­gie sticks with dip, dried fruit, trail mix, gra­nola bars, nuts, etc., are great op­tions for eat­ing on the go, at the air­port, or if you find your­self stuck some­where where there are no ve­gan restau­rants.

Bring your own prod­ucts, you can't be sure that you're go­ing to find cru­elty- free toi­letries at your des­ti­na­tion. Whole Foods has a great se­lec­tion of travel- sized prod­ucts that aren't tested on an­i­mals, or you can just buy travel- sized con­tain­ers and fill them with what­ever you use at home. ◆

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