16 December 2010

Tried and true strategies for the traveling vegan

I started eating vegan in January. I found the transition surprisingly easy (and wonderful and healthy!) The one big obstacle? Travel. I know some vegan bloggers assert “it’s easy, you can eat vegan anywhere!” Sure, if a piece of iceburg lettuce tickles your fancy!

Here are a few ways that I have managed to eat well while traveling:

1. Stay somewhere with a kitchen. In July my husband I spent a week on Lake Waramaug in Connecticut. We rented an apartment at an Inn and I prepped foods for the week. I enjoyed tofu scrambles and green smoothies for breakfast, bean salads and fresh fruit and veggies for snacks. In August we sent to Vermont and stayed at a friend’s home –in a guest house with a refrigerator and stove– so I was able to make some delicious, vegan meals.

2. Call ahead. From rural Pennsylania to San Diego to Barbados, have a plan. I phoned restaurants and resorts to determine if the chefs could accommodate my vegan diet.

3. Pack snacks/portable foods: Cans of beans, juice box-size rice/soy/almond milk, nuts, vegan nutrition bars, dehydrated crackers and fruit. With these foods handy you can snack before going to a restaurant or you can toss some nuts or dried fruit on a boring salad.

4. Let someone else do the work for you. There are some terrific websites dedicated to healthy/vegan travel including Vegan World Trekker, Vegan Backpacker, and The Healthy Voyager. Quarry Girl has great vegan restaurant reviews from cities all over the world.

With a little advance work you can kick up your feet and enjoy your vacation!

These are just a few ideas. How do YOU eat healthy and well while traveling?

Originally posted on Rosey Rebecca.

JL | @JLgoesvegan
Post-40 JL became a marathoner and triathlete, changed careers and transitioned from vegetarian to vegan. She now blogs about vegan cooking (and wine!) and fitness. JL is a community college administrator and teaches nonprofit management at a local university. Follow JL on her blog and Facebook.

Photo credit: JL and flickr.com/photos/thetruthabout


  1. Wow !! very nice pictures, and the food looks very healthy. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I found it really hard travelling for three weeks with limited luggages space recently. Those Lara/Trek/Naked bars really were worth their weight in gold. Also, buy fresh fruit where you can and make sure you eat it as snacks/breakfast if you can't cook for yourself in a hotel.

  3. Peanut butter, instant oatmeal, powerbars, fresh fruit (bananas and oranges don't need to be washed and come with their own wrappers), trailmix, hotels with refridgerators and scoping out Trader Joes and health food markets. Lo ahead for vegan restaurants. Also Indian and Chinese food restaurants often offer vegan food.