A while back I wrote about How to be a Vegan Away from Home and since then my diet has become even more complex with the transition to a mostly raw and gluten-free diet. This complicates getting food pretty much anywhere when I am traveling, and now that I am traveling a bit again, I thought I would add to the original ideas with some of my latest tips and tricks.
Traveling by car is easiest, because you can bring your own food. On a recent trip, I brought a cooler with goodies like sprouts, hummus, veggies and almond milk so I didn’t have to hunt around for stores that sold them. There was also plenty of room in my car for a tub of vegan protein powder. Traveling by airplane is a bit more difficult because you can’t bring your food with you and instead, have to rely upon restaurants for food. Still no worries. While many servers don’t understand what vegan means, many understand that you need to avoid meat and dairy and will ensure your salad or veggie dish is vegan kosher. I am always excited to find a salad bar where I can load up on veggies and sushi places will usually make great vegetarian and vegan sushi on request if it is not already on the menu. My last resort is always a salad and most places have some sort of green salad option on the menu that you can get even if you have to ask to hold the meat and goopy sauce (this week I was at a sports bar which had salad and no balsamic so I just had it raw – not my favorite way to eat, but works in a pinch).
A few iPhone apps have also been useful for helping me stay fed when I travel:
ILocate Vegan Restaurants – as the name of the app suggests this one is useful for finding vegan friendly restaurants around wherever you happen to be. Available on iTunes here.
Vegout – another vegan and vegetarian friendly restaurant finder. Available on iTunes here.
VeganXpress – this app will tell you which menu choices at popular food chains are vegan. Useful when you are at airports and there is virtually no chance of finding a vegetarian restaurant. Available on iTunes here.