Vegan Backpacker has been a great resource for me as I started my adventures as a vegan. Here are five great tips that are easy to follow to make sure you have a stress free and enjoyable trip!
1. Make a List of Places to Eat
Resources like Happy Cow, Trip Advisor, and even Yelp can be total life savers when it comes to vegan travel. As fun as it is to be spontaneous and not have a plan, your life will be much easier if you have a few for-sure places in mind rather than wandering the streets hoping to find vegan eats!
2. Connect with Other Vegans
This step is different for everyone. There are cases where you can find local vegans (there is even a specific CouchSurfing group for vegans and vegetarians!) or just connecting with vegans you know before you go. For example, my dear friend and fellow vegan had just traveled with her family to Spain and was able to give me great recommendations I could trust for my own trip!
3. Carry a Food Stash
You know the drill. Have a little emergency lunchbox of nuts, fruit, granola for whatever comes up! There is nothing worse than being a cranky, hungry traveler.
4. Know the Local Lingo
I found this card (http://www.vingle.net/posts/524451) extremely helpful and a great example of how to be a responsible traveler. There are many places where veganism is completely foreign, and you can't expect everyone to understand your diet. Be prepared!!!
5. Make it Easy for Others
Don’t walk into a regular restaurant, cafe, bakery or supermarket and ask a staff member to point you in the direction of their vegan options. Don’t expect people to even know what vegan or vegetarian food is. Make things easy for them by asking if they can customize a menu item that’s almost vegan. For example, ask for cheese to be removed from pizza, pasta or a sandwich. If you’re in a bakery, don’t ask if a loaf of bread is vegan, ask if it contains or has been glazed with milk, butter, eggs, lard or any other animal product. Remember, you are a guest in whatever country, state, or town you're in!