Traveling Vegan

November 17, 2016





I recently took a trip abroad for my 30th birthday. It was quite a wonderful trip, and my lust for travel blossomed into something far more akin to love. 

I've been vegan now for almost a year, and aside from trying to sort out how to say "vegan" in Turkish, I really didn't predict it would be much of a problem. Sure, I expected to miss out on a fair amount of traditional dishes, but we ate the same few things nearly every day!! 

I looked up places on Happy Cow before even leaving for the trip, even writing down the address of each restaurant. 

Next time I take a sojourn abroad, there are a few things I now know to do...

1. Hit Up a Food Market- The first thing I'll do is look up the nearest food markets. I think having some fresh produce to snack on while we were traveling would have been very helpful.

2. Find the Arts District- These areas generally tend to cater to more alternative lifestyles, and are therefore easier to find vegan options. 

3. Do Your Research- While I did a decent amount of searching before heading out, I now feel a bit more confident about what exactly to research in order to avoid the pitfalls of traveling vegan. Figure out how to say "vegan" in the native tongue. If there isn't a specific word for it, or you aren't great with language, then don't be ashamed to make little cards to help you with ordering. I really only had trouble in the more rural areas, and not for a moment did I regret giving up meat. Not for a second. Knowing that I wasn't eating meat was absolutely worth every action to avoid it. 








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"A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products derived wholly or partly from animals." -The Vegan Society

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