5 Tips for Traveling While Vegan

Veganism is the next big thing. It is easier now than ever before to pursue a plant-based diet either as a full-on lifestyle change, or as a method of incorporating more veggies into your diet. But what do you do while traveling? Chuck it all out the window? You don't have to! As a vegan of over 5 years and a lover of all things travel, here are my 5 tips for traveling while vegan.

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1. Use HappyCow.

If you haven't heard of HappyCow, check it out! I absolutely love this website. Other vegans and vegetarians will add restaurant listings, which are approved by the facilitators of the platform, and add reviews. You can see whether or not a place is vegan, vegetarian, or sells meat but has some vegan items on its menu.

 I find myself veering towards vegan restaurants if I'm traveling solo, or with others that like vegan food. If not, then the veg-friendly option is super helpful! You can see what vegan options they have, and whether or not they're any good, from the reviews on HappyCow.

 Some of my favorite meals in my life have been from restaurants listed on this website, and I have yet to visit one country that doesn't have a listing on HappyCow. Try this out if you're new to being vegan while traveling. You won't be disappointed!

 

2. Go to the grocery store.

I find this the best piece of advice for my wallet, travel experience, and veganism. Why? Because grocery stores vary quite a bit depending upon where you are in the world. There is a wealth of information you can learn about a culture just by perusing the aisles of its grocery stores.

 If you're staying in a place with a kitchen, you can even pick up some food and cook, instead of eating out for every meal. I have saved who-knows-how-much money just from this travel hack alone. And, to top it all off, I've experienced grocery stores so different from mine at home. What a cool outing!

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3. Be culturally sensitive—but stick to your guns.

There is a sometimes-heated argument about whether or not vegans should change for travel, in order to be culturally sensitive. I lean more towards no, because there are secretly vegan local dishes all around the world. Also, this is more of a personal choice, because I went vegan due to health issues. If I eat meat, I run the risk of becoming seriously ill. However, I still want to be respectful of my hosts when I travel. It can be difficult to balance!

 In my experience, it is best to be honest and forthcoming about your dietary restrictions, but not to compromise them. This is especially important for those of us with severe allergies, or stomach problems. At the end of the day, do what's best for you! If that means eating differently while traveling and adopting a vegan diet sometimes, then that's that. But, if you want to be vegan 100% of the time, it is doable while traveling, and you can do so without being disrespectful.

 This is another reason why HappyCow is so great! It helps you connect with vegans from the country you're visiting, because the overwhelming majority of the restaurants listed are locally-owned and operated. It's also a way to contribute to the local economy. I always like to take the opportunity to ask the staff their favorite places to see and things to do in the destination. Sounds like a win-win to me!

 

4. Try local cuisine made vegan.

Depending on your destination, there may be a plethora of vegan options available from cultures all around the world. I still like to try at least one meal, even if it's at a veg-friendly place, that is a local dish made vegan. I've found that some of my favorite meals are these!

 For example, I recently tried vegan haggis in Scotland. Haggis is a sheep dish that is very traditionally Scottish--I'd never heard of it before arriving to Edinburgh. A local veg-friendly restaurant had a vegan version of it, and I fell head-over-taste buds in love.

 Should you try that highly-rated Vietnamese fusion restaurant in Amsterdam? Absolutely! But, should you also try the vegan haggis in Scotland? Yes, yes, yes. Not only is it a culturally enriching experience, but it also appreciates and celebrates the uprising of the vegan community all around the world.

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5. Engage with vegans from all around the world.

This also comes from trying local restaurants that are either all vegan, or have a few vegan options. Chat with the staff a little bit! Obviously, if they're busy, then they're busy. But, if not, then ask them about their hometown. I'm always happy to share off-the-beaten-path advice about my own hometown of Nashville, TN. Locals are a gold mine of information about places to see that you maybe never considered, and you can give advice based upon your own experiences in return.

 From using HappyCow and then traveling to different areas of the world, trying vegan restaurants, and chatting with the staff a bit, I have met so many incredible people. The owner of a vegan restaurant in Tokyo walked me through their whole menu, asked me about my experience as a vegan, and told me a little bit about day trips I should take. This was only my first night in the city, and I already had ideas for all the loose parts of my itinerary!

 There are vegan friends to be made all around the world. All it takes is for you to put yourself out there, and try something different.

 

There you have it, folks! I've learned so much about the world, myself, and my body as both a vegan, and a traveler. My experiences around the globe have been made so great by my interactions with the vegan community that can be found in every corner of the world. Veganism and travel have both brought me such balance and inner-peace. Vegan or not, I hope you find the same. Be well, and keep exploring!

 

 by Sarah from Sarah L. Travels

Sarah is a writer and blogger from Music City, USA with an intense case of the travel bug. On her blog, Sarah L. Travels, she writes about travel, veganism, and plain ole life. When she’s not writing, you can find her curled up with a good book or planning her next adventure.

 You can follow her & her adventures below:

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Wellness in Sedona, Arizona

What’s the point of a vacation if you gain 15 pounds and come home feeling like crap? I think it’s time for you to consider a Sedona wellness travel trip. All the perks of vacation without the sluggishness and lack of sleep. At Wellness Everywhere, we are focused on creating a wellness travel experience for you will have you coming home ready to plan the next. Let’s go!

If you haven’t been to Sedona, why wait any longer? This spot is one of the most unique locations in the nation and it’s tucked away outside of Phoenix. This makes it easy to fly into Phoenix, rent a car and make the 2 hour drive for your Sedona wellness travel trip!


From hiking to juice bars to burger joints, they have it all. Make sure you book your tickets between March and May so you can avoid the sweltering heat waves that come through. Here’s your weekend guide to Sedona, Arizona.

Food

First, you will not have a complete Sedona wellness travel trip without stopping at ChocolaTree. This quaint restaurant places you somewhere like Costa Rica or Kauai. You will have your farm-to-table meals in the backyard garden. Whatever you decide to try, you will be pleased. I went with the 2020 Enchilada, Pachamama Latte and the International Dipper. Remember, the plates are huge so, you’ll want to split them! Oh and it’s 100% gluten and soy free.


Next, The Local Juicery, where all your smoothie dreams are made. This local organic juice bar is the perfect refresher on a warm Sedona day. Whether you are in the mood for an acai bowl, a butter coffee or food food, they’ve got it for you. They source from local farmers and use the highest quality ingredients you can find. My favorite is the Classic Acai bowl with added protein. Grab a Chocolate Mylk on your way out and you’re set!

Hike

I mean, who books a Sedona wellness travel trip without a daily hike? It’s super simple to find hikes in this area, it’s peppered with them. Grab a local area map, hop in your car and head out for the day. You can go to the more populated spots like Cathedral Rock or Soldier Pass trail. I prefer to find the narrow paths and look for my own trails. We drove down some random neighborhood streets and 10/10 times found a trail that led to either a spring or an overlook. Here are a few favorites:

  • Devil’s Bridge (moderate)

  • Huckaby Trail (moderate)

  • Bear Mountain Trail (hard)

There are over 176 trails in Sedona, have at it! Bring your reusable water bottle, some healthy snacks and your camera, you will want to take photos. 

Sleeping

Since we live in our van full-time, we hang out most of the time in National Forests. Sedona is in the Coconino National Forest so, we drove about 5 miles out of town, turned onto a service road and found a spot for the night. I encourage you to do this with our without a van. Bring your tent and enjoy the complete silence of nature for the weekend.

So, what do you say, are you ready to take on your first healthy vacation? Is a Sedona wellness travel trip on your radar now!

Come visit www.mywellnesseverywhere.com and shoot us a hello if you’d like us to visit a healthy restaurant, non-toxic hotel or wellness center in your area! Our goal is to make healthy travel accessible for everyone and to highlight the businesses going the extra mile. We’re on IG @wellnesseverywhere

Written by Ashlee

Ashlee is from Alaska and is a sustainability and wellness travel blogger. She is a Holistic Nutritionist and dedicates her time to simplifying wellness, even on the go. You’ll find her traveling the world in her sprinter van with her husband and rescue pup, Gilligan! Say hello — @simplholistic

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