10 important tips to maintain the vegan diet while traveling
From the busy schedule finally, you get some time to travel, but this is not enough to do the research, and it becomes more difficult in case you are following a strict vegan diet or if your travel partner wants other option. It would be a waste of time if we haven’t tried food from different regions while traveling, though choice should be a concern still, at least once we should do it. Here are 10 important tips to maintain the vegan diet while traveling.
- Learn the local language
We know it’s not easy for everyone to learn a new language, but some basic knowledge would be helpful to understand the foods they are eating and their culture. The best part of learning a new language is it demonstrates that you are polite and have interest in their culture, and when you face any trouble; local language will help more than anything. The most importantly, the vegan diet name may be different in their regions and disaster happens when you order vegan but get the non-veg.
- Always stick to Global cuisine
In case you have no idea about the food choice of local people or if it is not vegan-friendly; look for the international option. If you are in a place that offers diverse food option and eating with people from various regions; try Indian or Thai cuisine. For Indian, you can ask to exclude milk items.
- Check for ready-made
In case you hesitate to order the items mentioned in the menu, check if any ready made option available. For example, bread is the best option though some require egg or milk still, there are some veg options available like wheat bread. You can do some research for the ready made snacks available in there. The best thing you can do is to pack some snacks while traveling. It will save your time and money both.
- Prepare own food
The best option on this list I can personally suggest. Going to a new place, visiting local stores and market, interacting with new people can be fun, and cooking at a new place gives a different excitement, and will add more fun if you are a group of people.
- Check plant-based option
Looking for a veg option doesn’t mean you are missing the local dishes and same applies to plant-based cuisine also. When you are in a different place, consult the locals about the traditional veg dishes or searching on the internet about such dishes will give a fair idea.
- Check flexible options
Sometimes due to the communication gap, your vegan meal order will translate into mix meal that includes both veg and no-veg items, and it happens in small countries; so without understanding their food types, it would be risky to order even veg meals. In this scenario, it is better to ask some specific items with or without certain ingredients, and most of the time they happily serve it.
- Find out Vegan restaurant
Due to the popularity of veganism, the demand for vegan restaurants is increasing now a day, and there are lots of websites available on the internet to check the availability of such restaurants in different places. Contact various vegan groups on social media, follow travel bloggers for a better idea about the vegan restaurant as they can recommend the best place to eat.
- Try to eat at Airport
If you are at the airport or due to some issues stuck there, then try airport meal like Asian, Mexican or in the worst case, look if chips, nuts or any other vegan snacks available and you can adjust it with soft drinks also. While you are on the flight, make sure to order the vegan meal by selecting VGML option.
- Buy ahead of time
If you find any store that sells dry vegan foods that can be eaten keeping inside the refrigerator then buy it immediately even if you don’t need them right now. It’s because there is no guarantee when you will get the favorite meal; so prepare yourself ahead of time.
- Book a table in advance
Often reaching at the time while traveling is the biggest problem, and everyone would have faced it once in a life where getting a meal becomes difficult due to late arrival. In case you are traveling and get the address of a vegan restaurant near the arrival place; book a table and order food in advance to avoid the problem.