Travelling as a Vegan


This post was originally posted in 2013.

Greetings from Germany! I’m at the beginning of a month long stint in Europe – a holiday I have been looking forward to for months! This is my first time travelling as a vegan (though I have travelled as a vego) and of course will write about all of my findings here on The Healthy Herbivore…

Places I am visiting on this journey are:

  • Hong Kong
  • Lingen, Germany (a little known city for my boyfriend’s cousin’s wedding)
  • Berlin
  • London
  • Paris
  • Barcelona
  • Rome
  • Hamburg

How to plan for an overseas trip as a vegan

I love planning trips almost as much as I love taking them! I think it’s the only Virgo trait I actually have! So in my forward planning for finding vegan food in Europe I  used a mixture of Happy Cow and Foursquare to plan where I’d like to eat. Although I was a bit worried about places like Paris (everything cooked in butter) and Italy (cakes! pastry!) I have found tonnes of places I can’t wait to visit! I’ve then used the app Evernote for the iPhone to save all of the places I’d like to visit so I can access them offline. If you’re not quite so meticulous about planning Happy Cow also have an iPhone app you can use to find places near you.

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Happy Cow iPhone app

Vegan airplane food

The first thing I have to say about airlines and veganism is… you will never get upgraded as a vegan!!! I was about to get upgraded when I checked in, but because I had a special meal I missed out. I verified this later with one of the ground staff who said yes, they won’t move you if you have a special meal. Boo! At least I know now not to bother dressing up for my flights I guess… Anyway… I flew Cathay Pacific and was pleasantly suprised by the vegan food I got. I was expecting it to be all Asian stirfries but on the way over to Hong Kong and Europe I had corn fritters with roasted tomato and spinach, a lentil eggplant moussaka and the usual fruits, salads etc. I also had a really yummy soy dessert with one of the meals. Of course it sucked to see people eating Haagen Dazs next to me, but I had also packed some Pana Chocolate for the flight, so I survived!



Vegan meal on Cathay Pacific flight


Stay tuned for the next vegan travellerv instalment – A Vegan in Hong Kong!

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