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.