Making life on the road easier
Finding nutritious dining options on the go can be difficult whilst you’re travelling, and I can understand more than most just how hard it can be to find delicious and filling vegan options when you’re halfway across the world, in a country where you might not know the language too well, and you have no idea what it is that’s staring up at you from your plate.
The answer to this riddle isn’t simple, but there are a few tips I have come across which helped calm the waters for me.
Let me share.
Research, research, research!
I’m guessing you have some idea of the country, destination, or general region you’re going to be travelling to, so the best line of action is to head online and check out your vegan options. You won’t be the first person to encounter this problem, and online is where you will find the solution to someone else’s problem, before it became yours. Take their advice, and find names of restaurants and stores in your travel area which stock and serve vegan dishes.
Share your knowledge
Look on forums and talk amongst fellow travellers you meet along the way, because I found this was the best way to share a little knowledge, passing on handy tips, or names of places you found to be hidden gems for your nutrition needs. Don’t keep it to yourself – share your findings!
There’s an app for that
Install an app on your phone which allows you translate food labels and menus, giving you more knowledge over what you’re looking to eat. I found learning how to tell a waiter in the local language that I was vegan helped a little too, although this might not always be reliable as these things do get lost in translation!
Keep a few supplies handy
For those days on the go, where you don’t really want to stop much, or you’re simply too busy, make sure you have a few of your favourite vegan snacks handy, such as fresh fruit, nuts, dried fruit pieces, soups etc. I found it quite handy to take powdered spices and vegetable cubes with me too, so I could cook myself a meal if I didn’t feel like going out. You can easily find pasta and other common, vegan-friendly ingredients in supermarkets, so you can throw together a meal yourself for very little cost.
Travelling as a vegan isn’t impossible, in fact it’s quite easy when you know how; it’s simply a case of being mindful of what you eat, which let’s face it, you have to do anyway.
Photo Credit: Young Sok Yun 윤영석