Please go and check out Sam and Zab’s Surprising & Underrated Vegan-friendly Destinations post! Travelling as a vegan is really not hard, and a bunch of us jumped at the chance to contribute our 2 cents on vegan food options in different cities, with pictures!
My contribution is the Düsseldorf section. Guten Appetit! 😀
Since going vegan almost 5 years ago, I’ve visited these 18 countries:
- Hong Kong
- China (mainland)
Some countries are easier to find vegan eats than others, but you would be surprised at how often vegan dishes are a part of many cultural dishes already – you just gotta look and ask. Looking and asking are also great ways to practice communicating and opening yourself up to the locals.
I’m not talking about visiting restaurants aimed at tourists (though usually they have vegetarian options, that you can ask to veganize), but I mean going to restaurants that locals go to and inquiring about their food, even if it’s not in your native language.
There’s also Happy Cow which I use a lot to locate vegan restaurants.
Personally, I tend seek out Asian cuisine wherever I go, because that’s what I prefer and miss it a lot living in Europe. Chinese food in particular is easy to find in most major cities and also very easy to veganize – if it’s not already vegan. Same with Indian food. Yums!
The only place on my list that I found more difficult was in Normandy, France. Paris is easy though, so don’t fret. In Normandy, we rented an Airbnb apartment in the beautiful cities of Caen and Le Havre, and prepared our own vegan food. Which was hardly a terrible experience since we were surrounded by markets that sold fresh local fruits and veggies.
There are many benefits to travelling VEGAN. It gives some fun and structure to your travels, so you’re not listlessly wandering around thinking “is this it?” One of your big goals is finding that highly rated VEGAN restaurant, where you will meet other enthusiastic vegans, both local and tourists.
It also saves money and is often the healthier choice, because you’re not just buying random food to try just because someone told you it’s a local delicacy (that locals hardly ever eat!).
Even if you do miss out on eating some gross dish like pig knuckles (or anything that is a dead animal or has the secretions of a dead animal), it’s really not worth it as someone had to suffer greatly for your meal. As a vegan who has become aware of the atrocities of the meat, dairy, and egg industries, it’s something I will gladly leave off my plate without any level of FOMO.
VEGAN travelling is fun, less harmful, and puts you in situations where you can easily connect with other likeminded people on the way. Plus you never ever sacrifice on taste, because plants are the yummiest foods for our human bodies and palates.
If you have vegan travel tips, let me know below!