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A Beginner’s Guide to Traveling as a Vegan

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A Beginner’s Guide to Traveling as a Vegan

with Maya Shlayen

Traveling can seem intimidating to those of us who are new to it. From jet lag, to language barriers, to culture shock, there’s a seemingly endless list of things to worry about. Being a vegan may seem like yet another challenge but it doesn’t have to be!

Although it’s important to do your research and plan ahead, most issues can be very easily resolved if you keep in mind that it is your own responsibility to see to it that your needs are met.

As you head off to explore new places, a bit of extra planning and forethought can help you overcome the small inconveniences that you may encounter.

With that in mind, here are some basic tips to help get you started…

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Angel Flinn

Angel Flinn is Director of Outreach for Gentle World a non-profit educational organization whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making the transition.


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4:57AM PST on Mar 2, 2012

I was a vegan for 10 years. I still have issues eating food that I haven't prepared myself. That along with kids that have food allergies, I never leave the house without food. We take bananas, fruit, snacks with us, everywhere we go. I make my own granola that the kids love. The upside is how much money it saves me. Not to mention how much healthier my kids are for it =)

7:07AM PST on Feb 25, 2012

I do find it somewhat difficult to find the food I would like while traveling, thnaks

5:54AM PST on Feb 4, 2012

I live in Asia and am currently in the Philippines. Even with the assistance of native speakers I have been given shrimp. Just yesterday my no meat or animal products arrived w/ a chunk of grizzle and beef in it. Do your best but be mentally prepared.

8:52AM PST on Feb 1, 2012

Excellent article. Happy Cow and Vegan Passport are both available as apps, at least on the iPhone. I use them extensively. Also, you can search any map programs or Aroundme for the word "vegan" and often come up with other places, some on point, some ... not. If you just do a search with the word "vegan" and the city you're in you also might get a review or two off of one of the dining review websites such as Yelp or Urban Spoon.

Also, I use vegan passport in restaurants where employees first language isn't English. It's expedient and clarifies in one's native tongue what I want and don't want.

For other dining ideas, trials and tribulations and outright successes from a vegan charter pilot you can see my blog, Marty's Flying Vegan Review.


11:25PM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Thanks for this excellent information especially bringing your own snack/nourishment. Many asian dishes may look like they have only vegetables, they may contain fish source, oyster source or shrimp paste. Chinese vegetarian food is closed to vegan but oyster source is allowed. I live in Thailand and many people here don't know the accurate meaning of "vegan" so if you travel here, it is better to explain what you don't want to be included in your meal :)

8:46AM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Excellent advice, thanks Angel!

12:26AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Thanks for the article.

4:37PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

thank you

7:28AM PST on Jan 5, 2012


6:01AM PST on Jan 5, 2012

Thanks for the article.

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