The summer is upon us and that means planning summer holiday travels. Where to go? What to pack 3 weeks ahead of time? Unlike some people who like to pack last minute. Printing off our favorite travel checklist, etc but there’s a problem… where is a good vegetarian restaurant?
You’re a vegetarian.
You won’t even touch vegetables that have been on the same plate or frying pan as fish/meat or the sauce.
So. What do you do?
Well, the concept of travel has come a LONG way. These constant changes of personal needs, “types” of travel is constantly evolving to people’s personal tastes. One such need is vegetarian travel.
My own personal experience of bad vegetarian travel was 2 years after converting (I had also given up cigarettes and alcohol, all within days of each other) and traveling to Berlin, Germany for the Love Parade. This was around 1999.
It was so long ago now and I couldn’t remember the name if I tried but I remembered my experience of asking for vegetarian food in an Italian restaurant. After looking through the menu extensively and asking my then future brother-in-law what each dish was, I gave up. I requested to the waitress if something delicious and vegetarian could be made, and her response “we have boiled broccolli and mashed potatoes” WHAT?? I was disappointed but more than disappointed I was disheartened that this lady didn’t even *try* to help.
Back then, vegetarian travel also meant going to India and eating an array of delicious vegetarian dishes like masala dosas, vadas, dhals, garlic naans, etc. But how much curry can one person have? Morning, noon and night? If your digestive system isn’t used to it, Delhi belly, is quite fitting for the untrained.
Anywho! Fast forward 16years and the world is more vegetarian friendly.
There is a large percentage of the global human population who are actively changing their lifestyle to be more conscious whether its the clothes on their back, the shoes on their feet, the cosmetics they apply on their face – lifestyles are changing because people want to change. Its a personal choice, whether its for religious or personal reasons. More people are changing.
So, what is vegetarian travel? Well for one, Google boasts an insane 108million searches on vegetarian travel alone. Whether that 108million accurately lists travel locations, travel sites and other vegetarian related travel. Who knows?!
According to Happy Cow, vegetarian or vegan travel is traveling to an unfamiliar city or country and looking forward to trying to local vegetarian and vegan food, visit ancient sites or learning a new language. Staying at guesthouses & accommodation, travel guides and travel planners, top-rated cities for vegetarian cuisine, and other amazing travel discoveries catered specifically for the vegetarian/vegan traveler. This is great!
One such site that made its debut *drumroll please* Vegvisits. A site dedicated to vegans and vegetarians that links a host offering accommodation in their own home and basically experience the local area, food and convenience of a healthy vegan/vegetarian holiday.
How perfect! Now we can only hope that awesome Vegan famous folks would open their homes for veg-travellers like myself 🙂 Moby..? Brad? *sigh*