This post was originally published on March 14, 2016 by Sandy & Vyjay, vegetarian travel bloggers, on imvoyager.com. It contains affiliate links.
I love travelling and I love food. Both go hand in hand, but not always, especially if you happen to be a vegetarian. I am a vegetarian both by birth and choice, not a vegan though. And whenever I have spoken to my friends about my impending travel to Europe or South East Asia, for example, they give me a look of pity and say, “Oh! You are a vegetarian! How will you survive?
I am not in total disagreement with such feelings however my travels and experiences prove that this is a myth. A vegetarian can survive anywhere in the world, wherever there is vegetation, if I may say so, though I have not had an opportunity to go on expeditions to the sandy wastelands of the Sahara or the icy regions of the Antarctica.
Here are six survival secrets of a vegetarian traveler with tips straight from my survival kit.
Pig out on the complementary buffet breakfast
I was in Switzerland for more than four weeks and my day would start with a heavy breakfast of bread and butter, yogurts, fruits, hash browns, fruit juices and finally coffee or tea. I would breakfast as if there was no tomorrow. Who knows whether I would get anything for my vegetarian palate for the rest of the day!
Carry an ample stock of instant energy busters
On all my travels I carry along with me stuff that is easy to carry and also has the potential to release instant energy and be filling. What in case I couldn’t find anything for lunch or dinner! I usually carry chocolate bars, dry fruits like almonds, cashew, raisins and energy bars made out of sugar and peanuts. All these are very effective to combat those sudden hunger pangs in the midst of your travels.
Easy Snacks to Pack
Plan where you could eat even before you travel
Research the local food of the place you are traveling to
It helps to familiarize oneself with the different food options available in the destination you are traveling to as this would give an idea of what would suit one’s needs. Some countries are better suited for vegetarians such as Thailand or India versus other countries like Spain whose local dishes include lots of meat and cheese. I remember ordering a vegetable risotto at an Italian restaurant with full confidence as I knew that this would be a vegetarian rice preparation.
Make use of ‘Heat and Eat’ stuff for one of the meals in a day
I have survived on plain oats mixed with boiling water with a pinch of salt as dinner for almost three weeks on one of my trips to Europe. On other occasions I have eaten cup noodles and a variety of other assorted ready to eat concoctions which just require hot water and is easily available in any hotel.
Instant Meals to Pack
Indulge yourself in a full and proper vegetarian lunch or dinner once in a while
Most often than not, vegetarian restaurants can be quite expensive and if you’re traveling on a budget, then it’s not possible to fit 2 or 3 meals at a restaurant every day. However, eating well is a must. After 3 or 4 days of eating meager vegetarian food, indulge in a fancy gastronomic restaurant such as HILTL in Zurich.
Bonus Tip: Download the app HappyCow
One may feel that this is cumbersome and takes the pleasure out of travelling, but one needs to bear in mind that travel is not for the sake of food alone, there are other things which compensate. How many of you would have thought about food as you gazed in awe at David, the masterpiece by Michael Angelo at the Accademia in Florence? How many of you have felt hunger pangs while admiring the view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower? How many of you thought about your lunch while being serenaded by a Gondolier in Venice?
Yes, it is a little tough sometimes as a vegetarian but the benefits and the experiences by far outweigh these small discomforts and nothing can stop this intrepid vegetarian traveler from traveling the world and assimilating new experiences.
How do you survive as a vegetarian traveler? Share your insight below.
Thanks for stopping by! xo.
Big Thanks to Sandy & Vyjay of www.imvoyager.com
for letting me republish their great post on my site! Although I am not a vegetarian, I have vegetarian tendencies and cannot believe how hard it is to get a good salad without cheese and meat sometimes in Europe! I hope this article helps you like it’s helped me. Happy vegetarian eating, and check out Sandy & Vyjay’s site for more vegetarian traveling inspiration.
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Most Commonly Used Travel Items
If you liked Sandy & Vyjay’s suggestion on vegetarian traveling tips, then you may like these items I travel to every country with!
Reusable, Foldable Bag (See 8 Reasons Why Here)