This is good advice and is much appreciated as I'm a vegan who is just starting a year of backpacking. I've traveled a bit in the past and been pretty lucky. I've never had a terrible experience where I received a dish laden with animal products that couldn't be fixed. I've always been able to work with restaurant staff or the people hosting me to figure something out. If people aren't familiar with what vegans can and can't eat, give them some ideas. For example, ask if they can make you a salad with no cheese or meat, potatoes cooked in vegetable oil, grilled vegetables, etc. It's also good to start with a dish that's on the menu that would only require a slight alteration to be vegan. I find it's a lot easier to get the results you want if you feed people simple ideas they can work with.
A vegan passport is also a good idea for people traveling to places where they can't speak the local language.
Cliff bars are a life saver! No matter where I go, I always bring SOMETHING and never rely on someone else to feed me. Even if they promise!
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Great timing ! Being a vegan ambassador is a noble goal and one I aspire to . Thanks so much for reminding Us to be courteous . I am transitioning into a vegan ( off of obvious dairy )but am working on omitting the hidden dairy ... That's My challenge . ( I've been a vegetarian since last May and a vegan since Jan 07/10 so this is all very new to Me. I have worked in the restaurant business up until the last couple of years and have had My share of customers with dietary restrictions . The requests were never as challenging to deal with as some of the rude attitudes of the requesters . I cringe at the thought of being a pain to deal with . I like Your idea about talking privately with Your cook or server . Calling ahead is an even better idea because frankly during high peak times , Your server simply does not have the time to read the ingredients of every sauce ,etc. in the place without neglecting the other customers in her care. When going to friend's places , why not have a back up meal with You so that You aren't overly invested in what is available ? Thanks again for covering a very relevant topic . As My mama use to say ...manners never go out of style .
Thanks for this amusing story. Since I have had similar experiences this tale made me laugh out loud. I wish there was a cruise or some other all-inclusive adventure that was all vegan but also all fun. The only vegan cruise I can find is full of lectures and my guess is that the price is so high in part to pay for these talented speakers.
So true. One has to kickstart the learning curve every time. It's bad enough in the US going to hotels and being (still!) given a plate of pasta or roasted vegetables like they're doing you a big favor, but 8 days in the tropics with white rice? I hope the rest was really worth it!
Clif bars are my mainstay also for traveling. You might want to bring a jar of peanut butter and a jar of powdered protein as well. And I'd bring a loaf of my banana chocolate chip cake for breakfast, just in case they don't have chocolate :)
Ah, the adventures of vegan travel. Yep, been there. I still get a little gullable at times when they say "Vegan, no problem!" What would we do without Clif?
Not sure if you tried these, but I always take Tasty Bite meals with me. They don't need refrigeration and keep for 18 month (before opening.) They come in a pouch and are ready to eat. I still always have my stash of Luna, Clif bars and nuts but Tasty bite's are good for those times when you want something other than the 100th Clif bar :o).
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