These tips for vegan travellers abroad, can help you whether you eat plant-based all the time, or just prefer to avoid dodgy foods abroad. Even omnivores often go veggie abroad, due to not wanting to eat dodgy food by mistake. Animal welfare laws are more lax abroad, and it’s more difficult to know what items are. Also see tips to be a greener tourist.
- The Vegan Travel Handbook shows good places to go: from wildlife-watching in Ethiopia, to meditating in the Taiwanese mountains. You’ll also find cooking classes in India, wine-tasting in Northern Italy, and details of best veggie restaurants and hotels worldwide. Includes cities, tours, festivals & food trucks.
- Download Vegan Passport App (as a pocket book, with pictures if you get stuck). Download free Vanilla Bean App that reviews eateries.
- Avoid anything that you don’t its source. Many foods abroad are very cruel (pate de foie live octopus, dog/cat meat). Shark fin soup is made by cutting off fins, then dumping sharks back in the water, to die later on). And it has no taste, only used for decoration.
Find Veggie Holidays
- Vegetarian Vacations is a site that has been around for years. It’s really easy to use. Just look up anywhere that you want to go, and find nice reviews of affordable vegan B & Bs both here and abroad. My Travel Scrapbook has a post on vegan UK holiday accommodation.
- Bicycle Beano offers fun cycling holidays, with good veggie food thrown in. These are mostly in Wales and south/west England.
- Vegan Travel offers cruises and tours. Focus is on the food – from buffet to gourmet meals: the Rhine, a Croatian island hopper or Galapagos Islands.
- For luxury travel, try Veg Voyages (tours to India, Bali, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand). Or World Vegan Travel (The Dordogne, Tuscany, South Africa, Botswana, Japan, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Guidebooks for Vegan Travellers
These guidebooks for vegan travellers are ideal, whether you are off abroad, or eating closer to home. You may be surprised how many veggie eating places there are these days, as many up north as in London.
Vegan London lists the most eclectic scenes with creative twists on classic dishes, fusion cuisine and tempting desserts, with 80 establishments listing food and drink for every occasion. From bangers n mash to banh mi, use this guide to plan your way from afternoon tea in Knightsbridge to falafel in Shoreditch. An Opinionated Guide to Vegan London lists brilliant places that pair original food with stylish and fresh interiors. This lists the best ethical eateries in the capital from dirty burgers to superfood bowls, from fine dining to cheesemongers.
Vegan North is a celebration of the best of northern plant-based food, featuring stories and recipes from restaurants, cafes and producers. The first of a brand new spin-off series, this book follows the burgeon vegan food scene across the north of England, from Sheffield to Liverpool and Manchester, and up to Newcastle. The book meets artisan cheese producers to cafes to burger chains. The book includes recipes (Henderson’s Yorkshire Pudding with Gravy) and stories of restaurants, cafes, small producers and bars. Also available at Vegan South.