I was lucky enough to go away twice last month thanks to Bank Holidays. For Easter I went on a road trip to Belgium, Holland and France where I didn’t cook at all. Last weekend I went to Italy staying in an AirBnB apartment for 3 nights, so I did cook a little bit but could have easily gone without it.
Actually, it is really easy to stay vegan while travelling. You might not end up eating the healthiest of foods and sometimes get by on snacks and bread, but it is totally doable. Some places are harder than others, nevertheless it is not impossible. That’s why I am including a few tips on keeping healthy digestion too. I want to feel my best and full of energy to explore new places.
Here are some practical tips on how to stay vegan while travelling abroad:
- Find a store and get as many long lasting supplies as possible – avocados, bread, antipasti, olives, hummus, soy milk.
- Bring your own tea bags. I don’t drink black tea and I love organic teas, Pukka for example.
- Use ‘Happy Cow‘ app to find vegan-friendly places all over the world, although it didn’t show many restaurants in North France. You can choose between vegan, vegetarian, veg-options, stores and more. Of course, the best option would be to find vegan-friendly places and try the local cuisine, but it’s not always possible, especially if you are spending most of your time walking in the mountains, for example.
- Get fresh ginger and peppermint to soothe digestion after eating oily food and dry snacks. Worth it if you are sensitive to gluten like me.
- It could be a good idea to pack a thermos flask to fill up with hot water so you always have a drink. Not many places serve herbal teas. This could also save you some money, I have been charged 4 euros for a cup of hot water in Bruges before.
- Bring a reusable water bottle. Same goes for a reusable straws and spoons/forks. And if you do plan on cooking your food bring a lunch box too.
- Get probiotics and take them every day to help digestion.
- If you are like me and you have a sweet tooth bring good quality dark chocolate with you to keep you away from ice creams, waffles and pancakes which are sold on every corner.
- Leave at least 12 hours between dinner and breakfast, don’t eat too late and don’t eat breakfast if you are not hungry. Let your tummy recover after a day (or 4!) of surviving on less than optimal fuel.
- Have a green smoothie if you come across one. It will give you energy and make you feel fresher.
- You can never go wrong with sandwiches – think hummus, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, rocket, olives and anything else you can find. Yum!
- It’s pointless trying to explain what vegan means in some countries, therefore it could be an idea to select vegetarian dish (that doesn’t have any eggs in it) and tell the waiter you have an allergy to dairy. They would take it more seriously. Another option is to pretend that you are following a religious lent. This should work in Eastern Europe at least. Be creative.
As long as you balance eating dry and oily foods with lots of hot water or herbal teas and remember spinach or any other leafy greens when making picnics you should have a smooth ride.
What tricks do you have to keep you vegan on holidays?
Have a beautiful day, Marina xx