If you are a vegan or a vegetarian then you will probably know how difficult it is to find both healthy and nutritious meals while you are away from home. Luckily, vegan-friendly restaurants are becoming increasingly popular, plus the Internet allows you to do some research to help you to find and choose the best places to dine on your vacation. This article provides some simple tips that will help you to have a hassle-free, vegan-friendly holiday.
The Internet Is Your Friend!
The first thing to do is to use the Internet to search for vegan or vegetarian restaurants. Use Keywords that relate to your destination, such as ‘vegan restaurants Bangkok’ or ‘vegetarian friendly restaurants Kelowna’. You can then browse through the result listings and make a note of restaurants and cafes in the area that serve up food that you like the look of. Tripadvisor is great for looking up independent reviews of restaurants. You can also check the menu for a restaurant before you visit to make sure that they have vegan options. Another good website is called Happycow.net This website lists all of the vegan, vegetarian and raw food restaurants located in cities around the world, so it is well worth checking it out before you leave.
Juice bars are a great way to get some extra vitamins and minerals in your diet. Juice bars are springing up all over the world, so be sure to search online for them too. In some more remote locations the juice bars may not yet have a website, so you can ask around when you get to your destination.
When vacationing abroad as a vegan it is a good idea to do some grocery shopping to stock up on extra items. If you have self catering accommodation, or a shared kitchen, then you can even prepare some meals for yourself. Otherwise most accommodation will come with a minibar which you may be able to store some fruits or vegan snacks in. A top tip is to purchase a nutritious snack mix, such as a trail mix that contains nuts, seeds and dried fruits. You can then snack on this when traveling or just when you need something to tie you through until your next meal. You can also bring with you a superfood green powder and use this in your drinks. Superfood powders will help to give you an additional boost in vitamins and minerals while you are travelling.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask
If you can’t see any vegan-friendly options when you are in a restaurant then don’t be afraid to ask the waiter if the chef can make up something special for you. In most instances they will be happy to accommodate your dietary requirements. You can always ask them to knock you up a simple green salad with a vinaigrette dressing if all else fails.
Follow some of the above tips and you are sure to sample some delicious vegan meals while you are away. Enjoy your vacation.