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5 Tips for Eating Vegan While Travelling
It’s not easy eating vegan while travelling. As soon as you’re out of the area you know well, you’ll be away from your normal sources of food which make up your varied vegan diet.
If you’re travelling to somewhere remote or somewhere far away where you don’t know what the stores are like, you’ll need to take some precautions when packing food to make sure you have enough food to maintain a proper calorie intake while travelling.
Here are a few tips for making sure you get enough good vegan food to eat while travelling:
1) Call ahead and ask. The best person to ask about the foods available at your destination is probably the hotel reception desk or the owner of the accommodation you will be using. Failing this try get in contact with the local tourist information centre, and get the names and locations of local farm stores, whole food stores and fresh produce markets.
If you’re going to a city you’ll probably find loads of good whole food stores. If you’re headed out into the country then it’s probably a good idea to find out when the local farmers’ markets are running so you can stock up on fresh produce when you arrive.
2) Count calories while you’re on holiday. Even though you usually might not do this, it’s a good thing to do when you’re away from your normal vegan diet in case you’re eating dangerously low calories. That could cause you to get sick or run low on energy – both of which aren’t great for enjoying a holiday! Use a calorie requirement calculator on the internet, or speak to your doctor, to find out how many calories you should be eating every day.
3) If you’re only going for a few days, take a big box of fruits and veggies. Unless you’re going to a different country you can usually take a box of fruits and vegetables with you, and this will give you two or three days of fresh fruits and veggies that you can use to cook with and snack on while you’re away. It’ll also reduce the food expenses of your holiday, and unless you’re heading out into the desert the food should keep for a good three or four days.
4) Pack loads of snacks like nuts, berries and dried fruit. These provide lots of energy, protein and essential oils, and they don’t take up much space. You can use them to snack on whenever you feel like munching on something, and they provide you with protein and plenty of calories. Try not to use them as a meal replacement though! This is an especially good idea if you’re going camping, and space is at a premium.
5) Know the territory. On your first day go out for a drive and see if you can spot any good vegan restaurants. You’re on holiday, so it’s a good way to learn the area and see some sights, but if you see any good restaurants write them down so you can come back to them later. Before you leave use Google to find out if there are any good vegan restaurants in the area, and make a point of visiting them. Don’t spend your holiday hungry just because you couldn’t find any vegan restaurants while travelling!