Happy Herbivore Abroad

As a huge fan of Lindsay’s Happy Herbivore cookbooks and a traveler myself – currently in Kansas City, I was really excited to be part of her third blog tour.  Lindsay’s recipes are always easy, delicious and make a great addition to your plant-based menus.

Her third book is a great read.  It’s the most personal of her books and the photos are amazing.  The selection of recipes are fantastic.  There really is something here that everyone will love, even if they haven’t ventured into the plant-based landscape.  For foodies and travelers, this book makes a great gift for yourself or for someone on your holiday list!  I have given several copies of Happy Herbivore cookbooks as gifts over the past couple of years and they are always well received. Know someone new to plant-based living – give the trio of books to help get them started on their plant-based adventure!

Happy Herbivore Abroad - now available!
Happy Herbivore Abroad – now available!

Lindsay S. Nixon answers some questions about her travels…

PBA: In America, attitudes are starting to change about plant-based lifestyles, but we are still considered outside the norm.  How are plant-based lifestyles received abroad?

Lindsay: The term “plant-based” doesn’t really exist internationally, but “vegan” is fairly common, especially in the bigger cities. “Vegetarian” is widely understood, fairly common and accepted socially in many countries. Of course, there is always the chance that in a small village people will look at you strangely and have no idea what you’re talking about, but I’ve experienced that in America too ;)

What I found the most fascinating, was the places that are traditionally very meat heavy, seemed to be the most vegetarian and vegan minded. For example, everyone told me I’d starve in Germany, and yet I’ve been all over that country, twice, and found it perhaps the most vegan-friendly.

PBA: Was there any place in particular that was super easy to find places to eat?

Lindsay: Germany had a lot of vegan restaurants (there is even an all-vegan supermarket in Berlin), but vegan and vegetarian fare was easily found on menus in Switzerland and England, too. The cuisine and culture of Italian food makes Italy and easy place to be plant-based; same with Spain. Then, too, the countries with large fresh markets — like Croatia, made eating plant-based a breeze.

PBA: There must have been some interesting options for local plant-based food that we just wouldn’t have the opportunity to try here.  What was your favorite local dish?

Lindsay: I’ve had a hard time eating bread, chocolate and olives since leaving Europe, which I suppose is probably not a bad thing!!! But nothing beats the artisan (whole-grain!) breads in Europe, or the fresh olives in the Mediterranean, or German chocolate (seriously). One “dish” I always long for and miss is Gazpacho in Spain, though it’s so cold now I’m not sure I’m antsy for a cold soup :) There were also these sandwich spreads in Germany I went wild for. I talk about them in the book. I have a homemade recipe for them, at least.

PBA: Shopping for groceries in Europe in comparison to the US, fresh food, specialized ingredients etc… overall was it more or less difficult in a city to find what you needed?

Lindsay: I lived abroad for a year and always found it fascinating that a “supermarket” in Europe — the entire supermarket! could fit into the produce section of the chain supermarkets we have in the states :) There are plenty of fresh foods in European supermarkets, but the “farmers market” stands are where it’s at. Those fresh produce stands are amazing. I talk about them a lot in the book — and how I’d gorge myself in the middle of the street on fruits and vegetables that were as vibrant as the rainbow.

Specialty ingredients like soy milk or soy yogurt are easily found in their supermarkets, but you won’t find things like Daiya, or fake meat, which I don’t really eat anyway, so it wasn’t a problem. They also don’t have endless isles of packaged junk foods like we do in America.

The year I lived abroad was the healthiest year of my life. I cooked from scratch everyday and used only the basic, fresh foods. That’s how we ended up with Everyday Happy Herbivore — all those back to basics. I miss it.

PBA: Traveling abroad in places like train stations, airports, hotels, do they score better than we do?  Sometimes these are the hardest places to find plant-based food in the US.

Lindsay: It depends. In larger airports, in larger cities in the U.S. I find plenty of plant-based (vegan) and healthy options. The smaller airports are harder. Same is true for Europe. What’s available on a train, depends on the train, too — where it’s going, where it’s coming from, who is operating it. Overall, I found it pretty manageable, but did try to pack a meal and snacks whenever I could.

PBA: Since you travel so much, was there any place in particular that just fit for you? A place you could call your European home base? If so, what made it just right for you?

Lindsay: I feel very at home in The Netherlands and really love Germany. My husband’s family just moved there, too, so I think we’re going to relocate there as well, at least for a few months. At the same time, we’re planning to spend the summer in France — which is part business, part pleasure. Eventually, I hope to spend most of my year abroad again.

PBA: Fast food is everywhere in America.  It’s spreading throughout the world as well. Most, if not all of it is junk.  Did you find any healthy plant-based fast food abroad?

Lindsay: Falafel stands are everywhere. Perhaps not the most healthy, but at least plant-based!

PBA: If you could bring one cafe or other establishment from your trip, back to the US and park it in your neighborhood, what would it be?

Lindsay: I’d bring a Germany bakery — assuming they could bring all their flours too. I really miss German bread.

Lindsay S. Nixon - The Happy Herbivore
Lindsay S. Nixon – The Happy Herbivore

Thanks go out to Lindsay for answering my questions and sharing so much with us!

A winner has been chosen and notified by email.  Thanks so much for sharing your plant-based adventures with us!  You have given a lot of great tips to fellow plant-based travelers!

96 thoughts on “Happy Herbivore Abroad”

  1. I usually buy canned foods that travel easy, and pack lots of fruit and that can last unrefrigerated. Then there is always the yummy pb&j sandwich!

    1. I am actually visiting in Madison, WI right now and was delighted to eat in two restaurants so far where the menu marks everything that is vegan. On the plane and in the airport coming here I was snacking on fruit, raw almonds, and raw red cabbage . . . love it! When home I have all three Happy Herbivore cookbooks and use them every day. Lindsay is great!

  2. I love Lindsey’s traveling ideas. When we travel, I pack a cooler full of healthy food and we always check online for restaurants on our route that will have food that will be suitable for our needs. For over night stays, we book hotels with microwaves in the room. There are many times I have made HH’s black bean burgers in the hotel room when there was nothing but a Bob Evan’s restaurant in site.

  3. I just travel with a cooler of safe foods, and plan to get salads or roasted veggie sandwiches if eating on the road. I also eat well at ethnic restaurants or Whole Foods delis. With with my summer csa, the fresh veggies would go with me to friends and family houses. It’s fun to reintroduce people to the taste of fresh lettuce and salad fixings that haven’t been shipped across the country before you eat it!

  4. I’ve been surprised by how easy it has been to eat plant-based while traveling. Most restaurants have at least a dish or two that can be easily modified to meet our needs. And fresh fruits and veggies are always easy to come by, no matter where we are. Being in the south you can’t throw a rock without hitting a bar-b-que restaurant, and even at some of those you can easily get a baked potato and a salad. BBQ covered Baked Potatoes are popular in our neck of the woods. They may look at us funny when we ask them for the potato plain, but we’ve never been refused. :-)

  5. We always carry a cooler with hummus or peanut butter sandwiches along with grapes, carrots, celery and sometimes broccoli. I also like to pack apples and cookies. My favorites are Oatmeal cookies from Dr. Esselstyn’s Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease book and/or Apple/Date cookies from the book No More Bull by Howard F. Lyman. And I always carry my copy of Everyday Happy Herbivore cookbook with me when we are staying in our RV.

  6. Packing on the road is somewhat natural for my husband and I. We pack our lunches every day, and have found some meals to be quite road-friendly. Since we each have lunch bags and ice blocks, it’s just a matter of preparing healthy plant based “grab and go” meals that can be made days in advance. Our favorite is wraps of veggies,rice,and hummus rolled into a collard green. We wrap the rolls in parchment and put them into a zip lock bag, side by side. They’re a cinch to tear the top paper off as you eat them (keeping the roll together that way). Pomegranate seeds are delicious in a small container to add to salads or for a snack, along with a fruit from our huge bowl that always stands by on our kitchen island!

  7. Hi, I am new to this adventure and have just recently changed my life style. We travel quite a bit and it is interesting that the more I read and listen to what others have to say, how much easier it is to make the correct choices in what I eat. It seems restaurants are also listening as you can leave certain items off, add certain vegges and are listing gluten and dairy free to make it easier to choose from.

  8. When I travel I google any vegan eating places. I also try to take food with me which is not always possible. I also look for food markets.

  9. I rarely go anywhere without some fresh fruit, almonds or mixed nuts, and some raw veggies and hummus. When I’m traveling a bit farther, I always make sure to do my research ahead of time to find grocery stores, and also restaurants with plant-based options! I just recently got the EHH cookbook and I’m loving the ease, simplicity and deliciousness of the meals!

  10. I so enjoy Lindsay’s meals and the way she introduces new recipes! I’ve lived abroad for a time, and would love to resuscitate some of these recipes in herbivore form :) While I don’t travel much more than 2-3 times a year locally, finding easy and delicious things to take with me can be a challenge at times. I just love EHH and would consider HHA a wonderful addition to my plant-strong library!

  11. I think you can always find something plant based to eat most anywhere if you are just a little bit creative. You can order veggies sides, or change up an item on the menu to utilize the veggies that the restaurant does have. Even gas stations usually have fresh fruit or nuts, seeds etc. I love Lindsay’s cookbooks and can’t wait to try Happy Herbivore Abroad.

  12. My last adventure traveling was by car with 3 others in almost a non stop trip of 1200 miles, fast food places all have salads that you can add to or take away from. Southwest chicken salad, just take away the chicken and they charge less, thankfully. Burger without the meat and just all the veggies ( not really the best choice). burritos with beans and rice, watch out for added sour cream or shredded cheese, be sure to ask specificly for just what you want. Restaurants will usually serve some rice and lightly sauted veggies on request. Take along for good fillers a small cooler with carrots, and other veggies cut up, fresh fruit and some dates and nuts. premeasured cereal for breakfast with non-dairy milk. All in all it wasn’t a bad trip just a lot of car time.

  13. When we travel, I will usually pack. It is the easiest way to ensure that I know exactly what I am getting. If I do eat out, I like to find things on their menu that can be easily veganized. I have definately found some new favorites that way.

  14. I just went to visit my mother over Thanksgiving. I had to travel from northern Virginia. I didn’t want to waste time stopping and I wanted to have safe foods with me so I mixed up a quart of green smoothie and packed some cut up fruits and veggies. I also brought along some hummus to keep me satisfied. I had more than enough to get me to her house! Time, money, and my plant-strong commitment in tack!

  15. This fall I was at a 3 day training conference in North Carolina…the home of vinegar based barbeque! I told the facilitator that I preferred a vegan menu, and the banquet catering chef went far above and beyond in meeting my needs. Every dish was colorful and very healthful. It was a great experience and reminded me to always just ASK for what you want when eating out!

  16. I don’t travel a lot but do eat out and have found it just takes a little forethought on the menu… I have always found a salad, or the in season vegetables and everyone has a baked or sweet potato. I love this new plant based way of life!!

    Kathy

    Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2012 13:54:52 +0000 To: txgal51@hotmail.com

  17. I usually travel with some type of granola bar. If I have a cooler, then I like to pack a lentil salad with greens, a quinoa salad, or a veggie wrap. I find that typical restaurants will have something for me to eat, but may not be as tasty and satisfying as I would like.

  18. My family and I are very much homebodies, and don’t travel much. When we do, we must often be creative when finding vegan food on the road. Because we live in the very non-urban state of Maine(northern Maine even), we do not often find a restaurant that has vegan labels. Often we look for things that must be vegan, like french fries or pasta with Marinara. We often take the time to ask for our food to be served without meat, dairy or eggs on it, and I am happy to say that most of the time, restaurant workers will accept our request(a little politeness goes a long way!). When we take a long trip to Bangor, Maine, we eat at our favorite restaurant, Miguel’s, which is a Mexican restaurant that understands our vegan needs, and is even beginning to serve non-dairy sour cream and daiya cheese! Finally, when we go visit family, we usually bring a salad or hummus, and our families are mostly understanding about the whole thing! However, since the three of us also have food sensitivities, we usually just stay home and cook our own vegan food! :)

  19. Im new to the ‘plant based eating’ so it’s a work in progress. I like the tips I’ve read so far in the comments! The challenge is finding things my girls will eat~small steps…I tend to keep small containers of nuts or fruit with me, pre package some oatmeal for breakfast & take small containers of almond milk along :) .

  20. I have not taken a trip of any length since becoming plant-strong this past July. However, I do have a long trip coming up after the first of the year and I am already planning what I will need to do. For the long flight, I plan to pack quinoa patties and wraps filled with split peas and hummus, along with apples and carrots. I am not too worried about finding vegan or adaptable dishes in restaurants, but I am a bit concerned about how to pack snacks for day trips when I will not have access to a kitchen or grocery stores. Perhaps I may be able to find some Dr. MacDougall ready-made items to pack in my suitcase for just such a situation! We don’t have a Whole Foods anywhere near my home, but maybe I can find some items on-line.
    Thank you for this generous giveaway, Ami – I have not yet read one of Lindsey’s books, and I am now most anxious to check them out.

  21. Having just started the plant based way of life, I haven’t yet experienced having to be super selective at a restaurant or having to ask for a dish prepared a certain way. I have found that when we travel to family or friends, I can easily prepare a vegan dip or chili and no one is the wiser! With a little extra planning, I’ve found I can easily come up with something satisfying my whole family can enjoy when we are out visiting.

  22. I am good at planning for a trip and usually bring some produce, soy nuts, dried edamame, whole grain crackers, powdered peanut butter… It’s great for road trips or plane flights, but depending on my destination it can be hard to maintain balanced plant-based eating during my stay. I tend to do a lot of research before-hand as to grocery stores, restaurants, and shops that are vegan-friendly. It’s good to know where my next meal is coming from! (and I do tend to crave tofu, kale, and my other staples when I go too long without them) Thanks for this giveaway!

  23. I went on a hiking trip to Colorado this past September and did pack a few things to eat for the trip, like individual servings of salsa, peanut butter packets, plain oatmeal, raw almonds, raisins and a couple of lara bars for emergencies. When we arrived i went to a grocery store and bought ezekiel sprouted grain wraps, hummus, and veggies and packed a veggie wrap for my lunches almost every day. When I ordered in restaurants I chose plain baked potatoes (and used my salsa with them), salads without dressing, and was fortunate enough to find several vegan choices along the way, too! With all the hiking and healthy eating, I lost 8 pounds in the 9 days we were gone!

  24. I am in the military so I travel a lot. At the end of the day I do my best when I am out but it always come down to making my own food. I love being Plant Based! 1 Year ago it changed my life and I can’t look back.

    Like everyone says if you fail to plan you plan to fail so I do my best to take care of myself. It saves, money, calories, and no upset stomachs! :)

  25. I spent a month in Italy. Breakfast was easy – lots of fruit, granola, and nuts. The local store carried soymilk. It was easy to “veganize” pasta and pizzas. It was hard to find plant-based proteins at lunch and dinner. Next time I might bring some dried chickpeas and soak them overnight and add them to my meals.

  26. I travel with baby carrots and celery sticks and even Lara-bars for emergencies. When we travel by car, its easy to stock up with a cooler full of plant-based foods .. sliced cucumbers, apples, oranges, peaches. But even when that is not an option, we’ve so far been lucky and have been able to find apples and bananas, if nothing else, at airport stalls. Once you get the hang of it, travelling in the US is a breeze. Haven’t had a chance to travel abroad since going plant-based … one day :)

  27. fruit is my go to travel food. It lasts, and satisfies my sweet tooth. I also carry almonds.. And while I know they aren’t ideal… A handful with a piece of fruit keep me going for hours!

  28. I was lucky enough to take a cruise with a large group of friends from Copenhagen heading up to St Petersburg Russia with a few ports of call along the way. It was challenging to be vegan on the ship but when we were OFF the ship it was amazing. My all time favorite was the borscht soup in Russia. I couldn’t get enough of it. I bet you have a recipe for it in your cookbook. Thanks for being such a wonderful inspiration. Best, MZ

  29. I have been heartened by the fact that the vegan way of eating is becoming more acceptable at restaurants across the US. It may have started with people who have food allergies and needing specialty items. We still have a long way to go in this nation, but I feel like the tide may be turning!

    It definitely helps to pack along some of your own foods just in case. I also find that asian restaurants are the best bets for whole foods without a lot of oil.

  30. I don’t travel much but have found eating “vegetarian” much easier than “vegan.” Restaurants seem to LOVE their cheese! I just stick to side dishes of plain potatoes and steamed veggies at most places.

  31. I don’t quite have enough money to travel in the traditional sense, but I did go on an extended-weekend camping trip recently. Guess what I ate the entire weekend? Potatoes! While everyone was cooking their meat over the fire, I threw some foil-wrapped potatoes into the embers and enjoyed them all weekend long. I never got tired of them! Now when my friends have me over to eat, since they know I eat a “weird” diet, they always offer me a baked potato, which is perfect!

  32. Of course I agree with everything…. growing up in Germany I can relate totally! I love to cook from scratch…and yes the German Bakery and German Bread is a must! Thanks God we have a German Bakery in our Town!

  33. I’d say my most interesting experience traveling plant-based was the time I brought along a travel slow cooker full of a bean and rice dish. My car has a 120 outlet, so the slow cooker was plugged in on the trip and once we got to our destination, we plugged it into an outlet in our hotel room. We ate the bean and rice dish along with raw veggies and fruit we’d brought from home. It may have been a bit boring for others to eat the same dish all weekend, but at least we did never went hungry nor did we go off our plant-based plan!

  34. I try to plan ahead by checking the menus of restaurants we may visit and find the “healthiest” options. We also bring nuts, nut butters, trail mix, cut veggies and hummus- whatever travels well. Haven’t traveled abroad but it sounds like it might be easier to ear healthy abroad than it is here!

  35. I’m not a world traveler, but we traveled from Oregon to Idaho for Thanksgiving and I had to bring a few staples to stay plant based at my in-laws home. I’m also gluten free, so that’s a challenge. But here’s what I brought:
    organic pumpkin puree
    almond milk
    g-free oat flour
    g-free steel cut oats
    an entire recipe of lentil loaf (prepared)
    earth balance butter spread
    granola bars (for the kids)
    tofurkey deli slices
    ploenta grits
    savory broth
    beans

  36. We recently moved from Texas to Missouri and it was our first big trip since going plant-based. It wasn’t so bad because it only took us a few days to get from one place to the next and we found that gas stations were easiest. Whenever we stopped to get gas, we would pick up a few bananas and some instant oatmeal. They have microwaves there so you can fix it up and have a quick bite to eat before taking off again. For snacking on the road we bought nuts and fruit and trailmix. This was way easier than trying to find a healthy option at a fast food place and saved us a lot of time because we didn’t need to scout out a sit down place either.

  37. Eating on the road can be healthy. Ruby Tuesday has a great salad bar and fresh vegetable side dishes. They also have spagetti squash and marinara sauce. Ask them to add portabello mushrooms…de-lish!

  38. As a military spouse, I have travelled all over Europe and have never had a problem eating healthy. It was actually much easier than it is here in the States.when in doubt, pack some sandwhiches, salad, snacks, etc:)

  39. One thing I always do when traveling is make homemade muesli, the dry ingredients only, in a large ziplock bag, Then i bring the small individual boxes of soy or rice milk to enjoy for breakfast or lunch

  40. As a new “Herbie” my husband and I just traveled from Virginia to Iowa by car…we packed granola bars, sunflower seeds, pretzels, apples and water. I do slip & fall every once in a while and would LOVE to have more recipes…this book looks mouth-watering!! Thanks for providing your experiences!

  41. I pack bread with nut butter and fruit spread along with fresh fruits and veggies.Many motels have a microwave and I can make potatoes and broccoli or carrots. Keep it simple.

  42. Whenever I travel anywhere with my family, we try to take a cooler of fresh fruits and veggies we can easily grab and eat. I also make my own plant-strong energy bars if I have time before. It’s nice to be prepared because sometimes I’ve had a lot of trouble finding anything plant-based and healthy on the road.

  43. When we travel we like to use the urbanspoon app on our phone to find vegan/vegetarian restraunts. I like all the tips about bringing along a cooler of hummus and other vegan goodies!

    1. I am new to eating a plant-based diet and the few times I have been away from home I will usually pack food I have made, and fruit to take with me. It is challenging to go into restuarants and order food that fits into this diet. But I stick with the basics and do ok. Thank you for all the information you have on your website, it really helps when I am learning to eat and cook differently!

  44. I have traveled through Italy, Czech, France, Poland and Austria and lived in Germany for almost 2 years. I think it is hardest to eat plant-based in the US! I just recently moved back to US and have to work hard at finding vegan dishes and fresh markets. In Europe there is a fresh produce cart on every block in the bigger cities and all the smaller towns have a farmer’s market. I never had a problem eating healthy in Europe! Plus even if you do slip and drink a Fanta….there are no preservatives, chemicals, colorants and no HFCS!!!!!!! It is practically banned in Europe because it is so unhealthy. I wish the US would adopt a mentality of cheaper to keep people healthy…rather than the US where the money is made keeping people sick and on drugs to fix their every symptom. I will continue to keep plugging forward in my pursuit of plant-based options….until next year when I can plant my garden and have all my options in my own yard!

    1. I couldn’t agree with you MORE! I am an American living in Ireland. (Ireland is not the most vegan friendly with the exception of Dublin perhaps), but Europe is by far much easier than the U.S. with the exception of California. There, you would find it much easier to find local farmer’s markets, esp in Northern California. Isn’t this way of eating just phenomenal? I go one step further with zero fat (Dr. McDougall and Dr. Esselstyn), so it’s even a bit harder when going out, but it’s also an adventure!

  45. I love the Happy Herbivore books! My kids are infatuated with Happy Herbivore Abroad since we love ethnic foods. There was actually an argument over whether to cook Thai or Indian the day we got the book. I want to give this book away as gifts this year :)

  46. It is hard for me to eat plant based on the road as you sometimes don’t know if there are animal products in what I am eating. However, I equip myself by planning out places to eat before hand, and read the menu. I also use my Happy Cow app on my phone to help find places in the area I will be traveling to help out as well. It’s always nice to get a hotel room with a fridge in it so I can go to the grocery store and stock up on fresh fruits and veg and plant based milk and bottles of water. Then I will bring with me some Mgdougall soups, rice/quinoa packets, oats, nuts/seeds etc to mix with the veg/fruit. it usually isn’t too bad when you plan before hand :)

  47. I use the internet to find vegan/vegetarian restaurants. My go-to snack food is hummus and vegetables, you can find hummus almost everywhere.

  48. You can usually find fresh fruit at most gas stations now a days. I started baking my own bread, so we always bring a few slices along with some homemade hummus for traveling. The book looks wonderful. Can’t wait to try out some new recipes!

  49. Soy de México y cuando viajo llevo conmigo alguna fruta y pan artesanal. En realidad poco salgo al exanjero. Un poco a Estados Unidos y a algunos paises de Europa. Me sorprendió que en las ciudades de Estados Unidos no hay mercados como en mi Pais. Mis viajes han sido como turista tradicional y realmente no hay muchas opciones. Desgraciadamente va ganando terreno la comida rapida. Estoy de acuerdo con la autora sobr el pan aleman. Yo también lo amé. De hecho estoy tratando de hacer algo similar en mi casa, Me da mucho gusto que haya escrito este libro y que se difunda esta forma de alimentarnos. ¡Vivan los vegetales y la fruta!

  50. I call them “salad” sandwiches. In between bread slices put lettuce, onion, carrots, beets, cucumbers, tomatoes…whatever veg/fruit you like. They do not spoil easily and if you do it right the bread will not get soggy (put juicy vegetables between dried lettuce leaves, so bread touches the lettuce and not juicy components). For shorter trips – hummus sandwiched are must have.

  51. Delicious bean dishes are sold along the roadsides while traveling in Ghana. One can easily find Stewed Garbanzo Beans, Bean Fritters, Beans and Plantain, Beans and Rice. All delicious!

  52. I always bring fruits and veggies with me on road trips. If we do have to stop for fast food, we choose Chipotle. I love the veggie salad.

  53. When traveling I thought it might be difficult to eat a plant-based lifestyle. I like to know where my food comes from so going to local farmers markets and food co-ops are the best. When dining out you just need to ask and sometimes create a meal from what they have on the menu. Don’t be shy to ask you’d be surprised how cooks will accommodate your needs.

  54. Local/day trips I pack chopped veggies to snack on with some fruit and maybe some hummus for dip and Wasa light Rye crackers.
    I’ve been known to bring my own oatmeal an apple to make up at hotel and avoid the prepackaged “instant”.
    Traveling for work I pack McDougall instant soups, Wasa crackers, and herbal tea. I know I can get fresh fruit at the hotel buffet and can navigate most meals. I ALWAYS have herbal tea bags with me too.

  55. I look for a market or fresh produce stand first where ever I go. Then I grab some pita’s or other whole wheat bread product and load it up with veggies. I love travelling through the Okanagan of BC in the summer, produce stands everywhere! Fresh corn, veggies, peaches & cherries, among many others, it is delicious!

  56. When I travel I take pita and hummus, pb&j and canned goods. Always try to get a mini frige and microwave in the room too.

  57. I have found that if I visit Thai or Mexican restaurants I can alway ask for no oil plant based meals and the servers are so impressed about our healthy choices. Leads to great conversations

  58. I’ve found it really hard to eat well on the road- I’m happy you had a good time. I can’t wait to try some of the flavors of your travels!

  59. When flying, I always pack plant friendly meals. On a recent trip / conference I made sure I selected the vegan option, but to be sure I had enough food I always find the local grocery store to make food in the hotel. This is a good thing as the conference food wasn’t the best for a plant strong diet.

  60. I take rice milk in asceptic small packages that don’t have to be refrigerated, and make my own breakfast in the hotel room with fresh fruit and whole grain cereal.

  61. I always know I can get a salad if anything. My purse is typically filled with salad toppers. I carry my own balsamic vinegar, seasonings, sometimes nutritional yeast, a bag of chickpeas or black beans. I usually carry a piece of fruit and nuts with me as well. I’ve found some good restaurants by googling ‘vegan restaurants near me’.

  62. Being new to this lifestyle I knew I had to prepare for my recent International trip. I was surprised however how long I had to look to find a “real salad” in the Tokyo Airport – and when I found it I bought 3. I had homemade lara bars and nuts in my carry on but was desperate for some fresh veggies.

  63. We went to San Francisco and after stopping at a coffee shop for some herbal tea we went to the farmer’s market to stock up on snacks and other goodies for a picnic at Crissy Field by the Golden Gate. Perfect day!

  64. A salad is always an option in a restaurant….and ask for vinegar on the side to use as dressing! By packing nuts and fruits to hold you over, you always will have something to snack on!

  65. When we go anywhere I always take plenty with us. Dr McDougall soups, cereal, shelf stable almond milk, bars, lots of fresh fruit and veggies, etc. We usually have breakfast and lunch in our room. Often we go out to dinner with folks who are not vegan so I know things I am safe with- baked potatoes, steamed broccoli, salad, rice.

  66. love to eat from the farmer’s market stands in Us and Europe. However, in US hotels oatmeal soaked in a little water overnight in the frig and then I make it with the hot water in the coffee makers.. Tastes great.

  67. While I have only been plant-based for the past two months, I did have an experience that I had to travel for a couple days with two little ones (son:4, daughter:2) and I have to say the easiest things to pack were shelf-stable almond milk (this was to make my trip easier as I knew it would be over 4 hours, and I didn’t want to chance any milk “spoiling”) I also thought ahead and peeled a couple oranges, and pre-washed (and de-stemmed) some grapes and also brought many colorful peppers to enjoy with our meals (at a family members house who is absolutely NOT vegan, in fact, probably would never be caught with anything that wasn’t “meat, potato and vegetable<– and those veggies would probably only consist of the most starchy of them all, corn, peas and carrots) all of this is so bland and no texture!! anyway, my thoughts about travel are limited, but I know that if we don't plan to succeed, we will more invariably fail, so anytime I head out with my kiddos I am always thinking of tasty, hunger-killing snacks, that are fresh and colorful.

    oh, and my most favorite travel-helping snack has got to be snap peas, pods and all, not mess (no grease, like potato chips) and satisfying with the crunch and the flavor!!

  68. When I travel I take lots of easy snacks like fruits, veggies, nuts, hummus, larabars. If I’m going somewhere where I can cook I always have some canned beans on hand, quinoa, oatmeal, almond milk. If I’m going somewhere where I’ll be eating out at restaurants, I do google searches ahead of time to look at the menu and see my options. I also check to see what kinds of stores are around that I can buy extra food if needed.

  69. We lived in France for two years, and the place to go was the marché alongside the river. Fresh produce with different purveyors every day, and I’d go shopping every day-the fridge reminded me of the ones they sell for college dorms! The Supermarché has a Bio section-basically organic packaged things and mixes but they had a fabulous vegan chocolate pudding. The bread (pain complet) was unreal whole wheat slightly sourdough chewy heaven that the bread guy would bring in a cart to the farmers market. Eating out was nearly impossible, but we found a few places, and just went there. Now it is so easy in Paris and other major cities, but I’m glad it was a challenge-it was a lesson in never taking food or where it comes from for granted.

  70. The first time I was vegetarian I was working as a traveling leadership consultant for my sorority. I had to rely on the college women to feed me while I was visiting their university and they’d often want to take me to McDonald’s or Wendy’s and say, “Well you can get a salad.” This time around I’m more educated about my options and more willing to suggest some place where all parties can find something to eat!

  71. I find it difficult to travel because I am not good at planning ahead. But I end up finding something vegan to eat everywhere I go, it just isn’t usually the yummiest food!

  72. I find it difficult to eat what I want when traveling because I don’t plan ahead. I’m too busy worrying about my kids having what they need! But I am always able to find something vegan, even if it’s just a bag of nuts or seeds!

  73. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to do much traveling in the last year or so since starting to eat plant-based meals, but I hope it’s OK to enter anyway. I think I’ve finally sorted out being able to take vacation with the current job, and I’m vowing to myself to renew my passport in 2013 and also take better advantage of 3-day weekends. I miss traveling a heck of a lot more than I miss meat.

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