Vegan Travel: Tips on How to Travel as a Vegan

Last Updated on September 6, 2023

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Written by Trudi from A Lazy Girl Goes Green

Are you considering vegan travel, but worried about how difficult it will be to find food wherever you go?

Some countries are certainly harder than others to be vegan in, but the good news is that veganism is on the rise with more and more vegan restaurants opening up around the world!

This means accessible vegan world travel is becoming more of a reality for many.

And some countries, such as India, already have a predominantly vegetarian diet, making it that much easier to stick to your vegan diet.

Vegan Travel: Tips on How to Travel as a Vegan, round plate with open spring rolls full of vegetables around a small pot of peanut and sesame sauce

When I was in Jaipur, India I met this awesome vegan blogger called Trudi in my hostel, who runs the vegan travel blog A Lazy Girl Goes Green.

As we got to know each other she told me that she was travelling while being a vegan – and even gave me some vegan tips!

So, I thought of a bunch of questions to ask her some questions about vegan travel that I thought might be useful to you other travellers with similar dietary requirements!

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Below is a little Q&A I did with Trudi to answer some of biggest questions around vegan travel, and to hopefully provide you with some vegan travel tips!

Q&A About Vegan Travel with a Vegan Traveller!

1. What’s the biggest frustration with vegan travel?

Though I’ve been vegan for long enough now to get a thicker skin when it comes to other people’s opinions, sometimes I can’t help but get frustrated by other travellers attitudes to veganism!

I’ve never been a vegan who thinks the whole world should live the same way as me, but I believe we should be all respectful of each other’s choices.

Sometimes it can be annoying feeling like the awkward one because you don’t want to go to the lassi shop (again!!).

Or when others are talking about their love of meat or cheese with no sense that you’re actively against that kind of thing.

I think it’s more ignorance and a lack of understanding but it’s frustrating being the only vegan!

One of the best vegan travel tips I can give is to not let it get to you, and stick to your morals even if it gets lonely – there are other vegan travellers out there!

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2. I can imagine sometimes it’s near impossible travelling to foreign countries and not knowing what’s in your food. Are you very strict with your diet or sometimes do you have to bite the bullet and just eat whatever is put in front of you?

I had to make a deal with myself before I came away that I would try to be vegan as much as I could, but I wouldn’t beat myself up if sometimes that wasn’t possible.

I’m a massive foodie at heart and truly believe you can learn so much about a culture through its food.

There have been times I’ve had a curry with some ghee in, or a milky masala chai on a depressingly long train journey in India when I was desperate for a cuppa!

But it’s all in moderation and I still prefer it when I can revert back to my vegan ways and enjoy vegan travel foods from around the world.

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3. What has been the easiest country to eat in and what has been the most difficult?

As I’ve mostly been travelling around Asia I’ve found it relatively easy to be vegan most of the time – in fact one of my biggest vegan tips to other vegan travellers is to head to Asia!

Nepal I’ve found a little tricky as a large majority of veggie dishes are a) centred on cheese or b) bland vegetables.

India was much easier than I thought as there’s so much vegetarian food and I found some really great vegan eateries in the bigger cities.

Overall it boils down to the one thing only I can control: self-discipline!!

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4. What’re the most mouth-watering foods you have had while on the road?

I completely pigged out when I discovered an awesome organic vegan cafe in Udaipur called Millets of Mewar.

Vegan peanut butter and date “milk” Shake, banana and syrup pancake and millet muesli with pomegranate and apple were to die for.

Such a simple (yet huge) brekkie but it was a welcome break to the million curries I had eaten in India!

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5. Did you find a vegan lassi in India?!

No! I looked so hard but to no avail!

I was actually surprised that there weren’t coconut milk-based ones considering the glut of coconuts in India. A gap in the market maybe??!

2022 editor update: This Q&A was originally published in 2016, but with veganism on the rise around the world, it is quite possible that vegan lassis are now more readily available. We still haven’t found one, but let us know in the comments if you have!

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6. What has changed for you since becoming a vegan?

On a real base level, I’m happier, healthier and more energised since I’ve been vegan. I get sick less and feel lighter as a result.

But more importantly, you can’t beat living a lifestyle that reflects your personal ethics and beliefs.

There’s something positive (and yes, maybe a little smug too..) about knowing you live by your own standards and are making an impact, no matter how small, on the world.

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7. do you find a lot more people being open to veganism these days?

It completely depends on how open people are and how passionate I’m feeling that day!!

I had to reign myself in a little after becoming a little too animated on people when the subject of veganism was broached!

Now I answer questions if asked, or drop nuggets of info where relevant, but generally, prefer to let people discover the truth organically.

To be honest most people are really open and just as appalled as I was when they learn more about the animal product industry.

My closest friends, in particular, have even adopted “vegan days” or call me proudly when they’ve cooked a vegan meal. It’s not a revolution but little changes make a huge difference!

Sometimes I think I sound a bit like a walking vegan travel guide, but I’m always happy to educate wherever possible and provide vegan tips for fellow travellers.

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4 top tips for vegan travel

  • A little research goes a long way and you’ll often find recommendations online for vegan-friendly places to eat. The happy cow app is a godsend for quick searches and finding vegan travel food around the world.
  • Don’t be shy to ask for alterations to make a dish vegan. You’ll be surprised that most places understand the concept of vegan, and will be happy to tweak the ingredients.
  • Stock up on vegan travel meals and snacks for long journeys!! You won’t always have choices readily available and there’s nothing worth than getting all ‘hangry’ on your fellow travellers during a 16-hour train journey!!
  • The best way to learn is by reading a guide to veganism. Education is key when it comes to vegan travel.

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A big thank you to Trudi for answering my questions! Make sure you check out her vegan travel blog here. She also wrote a great post on how to survive as a vegan in India.

Frequently Asked Questions

✅ Is it hard to travel as a vegan?

This all depends on where you travel. Some parts of the world are easier to be vegan in – such as Asia. Bigger cities will also offer more vegan options than smaller or more rural areas.

✅ What is the most vegan friendly country?

India is typically considered the most vegan-friendly country due to the national cuisine already being predominantly vegetarian with many vegan-friendly dishes. Asian, generally, is normally quite easy for vegans. Israel, Australia, Germany, Poland, the USA and the UK are also considered very vegan-friendly.

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  • Marta
    January 8, 2016

    I really appreciate this post: I am trying to be vegan but find it really difficult, even at home. Here a meal is not really a meal without a big roast! In Italy, where I was last summer, it was already easier as you have a lot of veggie based dishes and simple sauces. So, after feeling guilty every time I want something containing milk for instance, I decided to give myself a break and have a ‘mostly vegan’ diet – it’s not perfect, but if i take it in steps I might get there in the end 🙂

  • carolcolborn
    January 8, 2016

    I am not a Vegan but have revised my own meals to use more vegetables in proportion to meat or meat-based products (80-20) or fully Vegan. In fact, I have collected about 30 such recipes which I want to publish in a book. Congratulations on your self-discipline and so sorry the whole world has not changed yet!

  • shussey27
    January 8, 2016

    Not sure how I would cope as a Vegan. I can think of only two destinations (Myanmar and Vietnam) where it would be easy but other countries in Europe I think you’re quite limited. Prague (where I live) is a Vegan’s paradise. Just about every other restaurant is Vegan friendly!

  • SLioy
    January 8, 2016

    This sounds like such a huge complicating factor of traveling. Kudos to you for making it work!

  • Nina
    January 9, 2016

    Interesting questions and I totally agree with her comment that you learn so much about a culture through their food!

  • alexis
    January 10, 2016

    Yummy! This post makes me hungry!! I am not vegan but I love vegan and vegetarian food:) Thanks for sharing your experiences!

  • Alli Blair
    January 10, 2016

    Awesome post – I am not vegan but I enjoy cooking vegan meals and eating vegan meals all the time! I can imagine it would be such a struggle while on the road, but I know you are one of so many vegan travelers out there who do a great job making it work!

  • Grietje | TravelGretl
    January 10, 2016

    Good post! I only found a really vegan restaurant one time, in Hoi An, Vietnam. They made amazing food! Did the best cooking course here, so lovely!

  • Svet Dimitrov
    January 11, 2016

    Thanks for this article. I am not a vegan myself, but some of my friends (my brother and his fiancée too) are, so I will share it with them too!

  • Katharina
    January 11, 2016

    I am not vegan, but I have to say that the food in the pictures looks delicious.

  • Jessica Ayun
    January 11, 2016

    Very helpful post though I am not a Vegan. This is a survival article for Vegan travelers like one of my travel buddies. Will share this to her. 😉

  • Nic
    January 11, 2016

    We are vegetarian and have done a similar post about travelling as veggies, some great tips here as we do want to become vegan but find it hard to take that extra step from being vegetarian to vegan!

  • katefrankiebrennan
    January 13, 2016

    I don’t really think in terms of dietary requirements because I eat anything and don’t have allergies. I do try to add more vegetables to my diet when travelling. India was great for veggie but I wouldn’t know about vegan lassies or anything. Its great that people have your blog as a resource for vegan travel

  • Leticia
    January 13, 2016

    I am not vegan but have been travelling with a couple of vegan and vegetarian friends lately and the options are amazingly limited. Great interview!!

  • The sea is my cup of tea
    January 31, 2016

    Thanks for this Anita:) I am a vegan travelling as well and I am allergic to gluten. Sounds impossible, but I am actually doing well haha:) As Trudi is saying, it all comes down to self discipline and knowing why you make certain choices:) !