Maintaining a vegan diet is easy when you’re at home. You have your own pantry, fridge and favorite kitchen gadgets to work with. But when you’re traveling, your options are much more limited. Luckily, with a little research and a willingness to wander off the beaten path, you can stick to your plan and still have an excellent trip!
This past weekend, my boyfriend, John, and I traveled to Washington, D.C. as a little weekend getaway to celebrate my birthday. My plans to eat mainly vegan meals went right out the window. It’s okay though, I’m not beating myself up because that won’t help anyone. I only started Vegan Before 6 a week ago, and I haven’t yet established it as a part of my everyday life. Plus, I did no research beforehand. I know if I had been prepared, it would have been much easier. Excuses, excuses.
Here are a few things I’ve found that could help me on my next trip. Promise!
- Happy Cow – I’ve already used this around my own neighborhood. This app will use your location to provide you with a list of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and grocery stores nearby. It’s available in the iTunes and Google Play stores for $2.99 and $2.49, respectively.
- Vegan xPress – This app ($1.99 on iTunes) lists vegan menu options at many popular restaurants and chains. A great option when you don’t have full access to an ingredients list!
- Is it Vegan? – Scan a barcode and the app will give you detailed information on the product and, well, answer the most important question. Great for those gas stops when you just have to have a snack from a middle-of-nowhere convenience store. Free in iTunes and Google Play stores.
- Peta’s Vegan Starter Kit and Vegetarian/Vegan Guides – I’ve seen these guides for free in both Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Be on the lookout for the displays on the street with the other free newspapers. I grabbed them both; there’s some really great info in here!
- Pick your cuisine. – There are certain cuisines that are known for being vegan-friendly. Indian, thai, and Italian are some examples of types of foods that can easily be made vegan with a few specifications. Check out this longer list from Vegan Backpacker that also includes some other great tricks!
- Ask questions. – This is something I’ll need to get over. It’s okay to ask how something is cooked or if a dish comes with cheese. There is nothing wrong with telling your server that you are vegan. Be friendly, and he or she will happy assist you!
- Pack snacks. – It’s easier to slip up when you’re starving. Carry a few simple snacks in your bag for emergencies!
I’d love to hear your tips for vegan travels, especially if you’ve traveled somewhere remote where different types of food are hard to come by! Please leave some suggestions in the comments. xo Sara