As some of you may know, I’ve spent the past year living and working in Hong Kong. During that time I’ve done a lot of travelling, (with South East Asia on your doorstep how could you not?!) I’ve also discovered through trial and error, a few tips and hacks for travelling as a vegan!
Pack enough food to get by for at least a few days.
Sometimes when you get to a new country, especially one that doesn’t have lots of vegan options, its useful to have food packed that you can survive on for a couple of days. You can always buy fruit from the local shops, but things like snack bars, crackers, dried fruit etc are great to get by on. Obviously this isn’t ideal, or very nutritious. But it does the job, and dry, packaged food is normally allowed in your hand luggage, so perfect for backpackers! (Obviously check your airlines rules and regs before you pack 3 days worth of food in your bag!!) I normally pack Larabars/Cliff Bars/Nakd Bars, Tortilla chips, Trail mix, granola, and crackers! I’ve also found that instant oats are great for a quick and easy breakfast on the go, just check the packaging to make sure they haven’t added milk powder or honey!!
Don’t forget to book a special in flight meal!
Sounds obvious right? But if you’re anything like me you’ll be so wrapped up with planning the trip that you forget about the flight! Granted, plane food isn’t the most nutritious or appealing, I normally find it too salty and over processed, but its better to have a full stomach when you get to your destination, so you don’t have to stress out about finding food straight away! Also, if you really don’t want to eat plane food, either grab something at the airport or pack snacks to tide you over. (Snack ideas above!!)
HappyCow.net is your best friend.
HappyCow.net has been a lifesaver for me whilst travelling Asia! You simply type in your location, and they pull up all the vegan/veggie spots in your area, with reviews and star ratings according to other site users! They show you all the local restaurants, cafes and shops! I normally screenshot the address and show it to the taxi driver, or if I’m walking/using public transport, I’ll use google maps to find it! I’ve found some awesome places with this app that I never would have known about otherwise!
Now I haven’t personally used an allergy card, as I mainly travel solo, and therefore only really eat at places that cater for vegans, but these are SO useful if you’re travelling with a non vegan and want to eat at the same places. They’re little cards that have a list of foods you don’t eat, translated into the language of the place you’re going. You can show the staff in shops or restaurants and ask them to help you find food you can eat! There are various websites that make these cards, just type “Allergy Card” into google!
Hope you enjoyed this post! I’ve been so pleasantly surprised about how many awesome vegan places I’ve found on my travels!
What are your tips for travelling as a veggie/vegan?