So you’re heading to the beach, flying to a foreign country, or camping with your family, but you’re not sure how you’re going to stick to your animal-free lifestyle. Being vegan on vacation isn’t hard—we swear! With a little bit of planning and these quick tips, your vacation can be stress- and meat-, dairy-, and egg-free with ease!
- Get Groceries: Stopping by the nearest grocery store once you get to your vacation destination is essential! Be sure to check out our Guide to Vegan Grocery Shopping for tons of “accidentally vegan” foods carried by most grocery stores. Can’t find vegan meats or cheeses? No fuss! Don’t forget that beans, rice, pasta, and other staples that are available in every grocery store are vegan.
- Veggie-Friendly Dining: If your friends and/or family want to venture out for grub, don’t stress! Instead, be proactive and meet your new best friend: HappyCow.net. On HappyCow, you can look up veggie-friendly restaurants in your area, take a peek at their menus, and then suggest your faves to your dining mates. These days, most restaurants at least have a veggie burger on the menu, and a lot of places can be pretty accommodating—in other words, they can “veganize” dishes—if you ask nicely enough.
- Goodies From Home: Why buy twice? If you have vegan goodies at home, they’ll come in handy while you’re on your trip (treats, baking needs, soy milk, etc.). Bring ’em along if you can! Plan ahead with recipes so that you’ll know what to grab before you pack the car to full capacity. For example, camping is perfect for veggie dogs topped with mustard, ketchup, and other essentials. Gonna be in the car for a long drive through the middle of nowhere? Pack carrots and hummus or pretzels and peanut butter!
- Animal-Friendly Attractions: Going on vacation is all about having a good time, so food aside, be sure that when you’re ready to go out and explore the area that you’re steering clear of any businesses that make money off animals being trapped in cages or tanks. Marine parks, zoos, and other animal exhibits aren’t fun for captive animals who spend most of their time alone and neglected, so instead, visit a sanctuary for rescued farm animals, go to an animal-free circus such as Cirque du Soleil, book an eco-tour, or simply take a trip to the beach or botanical gardens.
If you have any questions about being vegan on vacation, be sure to contact us!
Happy travels 🙂
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