The Ultimate Vegan Travel Guide (2022)
So you’ve already started a vegan diet, but you haven’t done any traveling while vegan; you need the ultimate vegan travel guide! This guide will teach you everything you need to know about how to stay vegan on vacation. With practice (think more vegan vacations) each trip becomes easier and easier.
How Do You Travel As A Vegan?
When you are first looking into vegan travel, you need to figure out where you want to go. Some questions to ask yourself are:
- Where do I want to go?
- Who is going on the trip? Am I traveling solo, as a pair, or with my family?
- What are the best places to travel while vegan?
- Where are best places to visit for vegans?
- Do I want to bring my own food with me? Do I want to explore exotic cuisine?
- How long do I want to travel?
- How far do I want to travel?
These questions really help you narrow down your options. The important thing to think about is where do YOU want to go?
You can find vegan options pretty much where ever you go. The question is: do you want to make your own food? Or do you want to eat at local restaurants? Depending on who is going and what you are looking for, you can do either of these or both. My family tends to do a mixture of both in order to eat vegan food while traveling.
Once you decided where you want to go, here are some great tips to prepare to eat vegan anywhere.
How Do You Pack Vegan Food While Traveling?
How you pack vegan food while traveling depends on how you are planning on getting there. A vegan road trip is going to be different than a vacation where you travel by airplane or even a cruise.
Here are some great options for eating vegan while traveling with these on-the-go ideas.
What Should I Pack For A Vegan Road Trip?
Road trips are the easiest way to travel while continuing a vegan diet. You can literally pack a cooler and bring all of your food if you want to. Here’s a great article about options to bring on a road trip.
What Vegan Options Should I Pack For an Airplane Flight?
While some airlines have vegan options, there are a lot of variables. Some airlines to have vegan meals while traveling but many do not. For example, Hawaiian Airlines has a vegan meal if you fly internationally, but they do not if you are flying domestically.
Many airlines do not serve a meal, but they do have snacks for purchase and/or for free. These options are not guaranteed to be vegan or even available, so it’s a really good idea to bring your own vegan travel snacks.
Here are some fantastic ideas for vegan snacks to bring on an airplane.
What Should I Pack If I’m Going On A Cruise?
Cruises are a whole different situation because, while there are many options on the ship, you do have to eat what is available in their restaurants. Fortunately, we have found that cruises are very accommodating and vegan-friendly. Here are some examples of what we ate on a Norwegian cruise.
What Do I Do When I Get To My Destination?
When you get to your vacation destination, there are a few things you should do. If you are staying at place with a kitchen, definitely do some grocery shopping. This will help you save money as well as make your vegan diet easier (and cheaper) to maintain.
If you are staying at a hotel without a kitchen, be prepared to eat out. Here are some great tips on finding vegan options at any restaurant.
Also, I’d highly suggest getting the Happy Cow app for your phone. I use it constantly where ever I go. It allows you to search for vegan, vegetarian, or vegan-friendly options. It also allows you to check out reviews before heading there. This is one of my most used tools and one of my best vegan travel hacks.
What Are The Best Vegan Vacation Destinations?
By using the tips above and the information in the articles, in reality, you can travel anywhere and successfully eat vegan anywhere. However, there are places that are easier to find vegan options than others. Here is some information about where to eat vegan around the world.
When you travel anywhere, there are many planning options. You can plan all of your own activities, you can use a travel agent, or you can go on a preplanned vegan vacation. These guides are a perfect way to find out more about the area you are heading to regardless of your planning method.
Even if you are heading to an obscure area, there are generally options and ways to create vegan meals. Don’t let lack of information deter you from traveling while vegan.
Vegan Travel USA
Here’s a great article about cities in the United States that have a lot of vegan restaurants available. I have found that most cities are pretty vegan-friendly. When we travel, there’s typically at least one (non-salad) item at each restaurant that is vegan or can be made vegan.
Here are some food guides for eating vegan on the road in the United States.
- Vegan Restaurants in Phoenix
- Best Places for Eating Vegan in Hawaii
- Vegan Restaurants in Salt Lake City
Vegan Travel Europe
We haven’t been to Europe yet (although we will be going this summer!!), so I found an amazing guide with fantastic vegan vacation ideas. This vegan travel guide has the ultimate information about Europe. You can search by country to find specific information about each country.
Vegan Travel India
This great article about vegan travel in India actually interviews a tour guide who provides tons of insider information that is very useful for vegan travel in India.
Vegan Travel Central America
These top 10 vegan travel hacks for Central America are very helpful and many of them apply to traveling anywhere unfamiliar.
What Are Fun Vegan Activities To Do When I Get There?
My family has gone on many vegan vacations. Here are some of the places we traveled to and some ideas of vegan activities. I usually research vegan-friendly activities prior to going anywhere. This allows me to make sure we are keeping with our vegan ideals.
- Things to Do on Oahu with Kids
- Where To Stay On Oahu: North Shore and Waikiki
- Best Things to Do on Maui with Kids
- Things To Do In Kauai
- Things To Do In San Francisco With Kids
- Things To Do In Sacramento With Kids
- Vegan Disneyland: A Beginner’s Guide
- Things To Do In Phoenix With Kids
- Things To Do In Mesa, AZ
- Things To Do In Dallas With Kids
- Things To Do In Austin With Kids
- Things To Do In Las Vegas With Kids
- Vegan at Disney World: Tips and Options
- Road Trip Games: Ideas for Everyone
- Travel Activities for Kids
Whether you want to go to the other side of the world or just an hour away from your house, staying vegan on vacation is doable. Do your research; then depart with confidence. Everything may not always work out as planned or expected, but that’s part of travel. It’s growing, adapting, and enjoying it anyway!
Use this post as a guide for vegan travel hacks or ideas for destinations. Then let me know… where do you want to go? Tell me in the comments!