For the next couple of days I'm hanging out in the middle of Oregon (a.k.a. the middle of nowhere) on a writer's retreat for a book I'm working on. Thankfully I can say I am free of food anxiety and enjoying my healthy, fulfilling meals but this trip reminds me of the days when eating vegan on the road wasn't so easy.
A few lessons learned as a vegan traveler.
|A well fed vegan in Egypt (and her husband)|
3. Make a meal. Depending on where your adventures take you, snacks aren't always enough. Whether you see long days of travel before you or you are going somewhere off the grid, you should be prepared with easy to travel, easy to assemble meals. For this writing retreat I'm staying on a ranch that has one restaurant and one general store. Tucked away in this part of Oregon I made sure all my meals were covered as simply and healthy as possible. (Check in tomorrow for my tempeh tuna salad recipe which accompanies me now.) Although I had to spend some extra time this week preparing meals that would travel, I now can write stress-free knowing that I won't go hungry.
4.Where to sleep. If you're going to be staying in a hotel know the amenities offered. Is there a fridge? A hot pot? A continental breakfast? Are there grocery stores or vegan friendly restaurants nearby? It is important to know how to prepare according to where you stay. A few years back I went to a wedding on the east coast. Without doing proper research I found myself in a remote hotel, without a car, in a small town that had never heard the word vegan. There was no place to buy healthy, satisfying food (or anything other than potato chips at the vending machine) nor a place to store food a more prepared person would have brought. Needless to say my food anxiety was pretty high on that trip, but I went home with a couple important lessons learned.
Here is a website with a few suggestions.
Lessons are often learned the hard way, by going hungry. But hopefully I don't need to take any more hungry vacations as I learn how to travel wisely.
Do you have any vegan travel stories? I would love to hear all about it!