Planning a vacation as a vegan can be both exciting and challenging. However, with the growing popularity of plant-based lifestyles, there has never been a better time to embark on a vegan-friendly adventure. These vegan travel tips are for you!
As someone who thrives on vegan travel planning, curates and hosts award-winning international vegan group trips and was one of the world’s top travel bloggers before entering into this amazing vegan world, I’ve got some vegan trip planning ideas for you.
This guide will provide you with tips and resources to plan the perfect vegan vacation. From choosing vegan-friendly destinations to finding plant-based dining options and unique vegan experiences, I’ve got you covered. And, if all of this seems like too much, book on one of my vegan tours or reach out for my vegan travel concierge and trip-planning services!
So, let’s dive in and explore how to make your next vacation a memorable and delicious vegan journey.
Research Vegan-Friendly Destinations
When planning a vegan-friendly vacation, the first step is to choose a destination that caters to plant-based lifestyles.
The best search terms for vegan trip planning
When conducting online research, using the right search terms will help you find relevant information about vegan-friendly destinations. Some effective search terms include “vegan-friendly cities,” “best vegan destinations,” “vegan travel guide,” “vegan restaurants in [destination],” and “vegan activities in [destination].” These search terms will generate results that offer insights into vegan options, vegan communities, and local vegan hotspots.
Check out Facebook Groups
Facebook groups dedicated to vegan travel are excellent resources for gathering information and recommendations from experienced vegan travelers.
Joining these communities allows you to connect with like-minded individuals who can provide firsthand insights into vegan-friendly destinations, restaurants, and accommodations. Engage in conversations, ask for recommendations, and share your own experiences.
Work with vegan travel agencies
Vegan travel agencies specialize in curating travel experiences that cater to vegan lifestyles. They take the guesswork out of planning by offering pre-planned itineraries to vegan-friendly destinations. These agencies have extensive knowledge of vegan cuisine, accommodations, and activities in various locations. By partnering with a vegan travel agency, you can ensure a stress-free and vegan-focused vacation.
Some popular vegan travel agencies include Veg Jaunts and Journeys, Green Earth Travel, and Kind Traveler. If you want to explore Africa, connect with Alluring Africa where I am their curator for all things vegan and help plan trips.
Go for low-hanging fruit and travel to well-known vegan-friendly cities
Researching vegan-friendly cities and countries will help ensure you have ample dining options and access to vegan amenities.
Popular vegan-friendly destinations include Berlin, Germany; New York, New York, USA; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Chiang Mai, Thailand. There’s also Las Vegas, and you’re in luck if you’re planning a trip here because I’ve got allllll the vegan food suggestions and a dining guide to the best vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in Las Vegas.
But, I digress.
Berlin has emerged as a vegan mecca, complete with a thriving vegan food scene. Start your culinary journey at Kopps, an upscale vegan restaurant offering innovative plant-based creations and tasting menus. For a taste of authentic German cuisine, visit Lucky Leek, a Michelin recommended restaurant. Here, traditional dishes are given a seasonal, vegan twist.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city that has embraced the vegan lifestyle with open arms. Experience the bustling vegan food scene by dining at the famous Anastasia Café or indulging in creamy hummus at the most famous, and oldest hummus joint, Abu Hassan. Get there early, the line wraps down the block most days. But, the wait is absolutely worth it.
Don’t miss the vibrant Carmel Market, where you can find fresh produce and vegan snacks. And, if you happen to book your trip in June, be sure to check out the world’s largest vegan festival put on by Vegan Friendly.
New York, New York
As a current NYC resident, of course this city is on my list of top picks. Fortunately, there’s a good reason other than my living there — it’s loaded with amazing vegan restaurants. For the best burgers you’ve ever sunk your teeth in to (anywhere), Jerrell’s Betr Brgr is where it’s at. There’s also an all-vegan pizza joint, Screamer’s, where you can grab a NY slice of pizza, and the wildly popular Whipped Urban Desert Lab where you can indulge your ice cream cravings. For more vegan eats, be sure to check out all my top vegan picks in NYC.
In the summer, there’s the Vegan Night Market in Central Park, and year-round you can find tons of vegan foodie events.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
I lived in Chiang Mai for a few years in the mid 2010s and it’s an excellent destination. Nestled in the mountains of northern Thailand, it is a paradise for vegan travelers. Enjoy a feast at Vegan Heaven, the first vegan restaurant to open here, offering an extensive menu of Thai and international vegan dishes. Other of my favorites Chiang Mai restaurants includes the restaurant at Green Tiger House, an all-vegan hotel, where you can try the local dish, khao soi, a coconut soup made vegan.
Also, swing by Pun Market. It offers a variety of vegan food options and locally made organic products.
Utilize Vegan Travel Resources
To plan a successful vegan vacation, take advantage of the numerous vegan travel resources available. Online platforms like HappyCow, and VegVisits provide valuable information on vegan-friendly restaurants, accommodations, and local tips from vegan travelers. Utilize these platforms to discover hidden vegan gems and connect with like-minded individuals.
Additionally, consult vegan travel blogs (hi!), guidebooks, and social media accounts for personal recommendations and insider insights. These resources will help you navigate unfamiliar destinations and find the best vegan spots around the world.
Accommodations for Vegans
Choosing vegan-friendly accommodations is essential for a seamless vegan vacation.
Look for hotels and resorts that offer vegan dining options or have vegan-friendly policies. Many hotels now provide plant-based alternatives for breakfast, and some even have dedicated vegan menus.
Be sure to check with your hotel to determine if they have vegan and cruelty-free products, down-free pillows and blankets and more.
Opting for eco-friendly and sustainable accommodations is also a great way to align with your ethical values. Consider staying at vegan hotels, eco-lodges, or vegan-friendly Airbnbs. These accommodations often prioritize sustainability, cruelty-free products, and a plant-based ethos.
Vegan Dining Experiences
One of the highlights of a vegan vacation is indulging in delicious plant-based cuisine.
Prioritize exploring vegan restaurants, cafes, and food markets in your chosen destination. HappyCow is an invaluable resource for finding vegan-friendly eateries worldwide. Research and make a list of vegan restaurants to try, and don’t forget to sample local vegan dishes and culinary specialties.
Engage with locals, chefs, and fellow vegans to discover hidden gems and insider recommendations. Additionally, consider taking vegan food tours or cooking classes to immerse yourself in the local vegan culture and learn new culinary skills.
Ethical and Sustainable Activities
Incorporate ethical and sustainable activities into your vegan vacation to make a positive impact and gain a deeper understanding of the local culture.
Explore wildlife reserves and national parks where animals rule, or visit sanctuaries and animal rescue centers. Participate in eco-tours, beach cleanups, or nature conservation projects to contribute to environmental sustainability.
Engage in community-based initiatives, such as volunteering at vegan events or supporting local vegan businesses. This way, you can align your vacation with your ethical values and leave a positive footprint in the destinations you visit.
Vegan Travel Tips and Packing Essentials
To ensure a smooth vegan travel experience, follow these essential tips:
- Research local customs and dietary preferences to understand cultural considerations and communicate your dietary needs effectively.
- Pack vegan travel snacks and essential items such as reusable water bottles, vegan toiletries, and eco-friendly utensils.
- Use sustainable transportation options like public transit or eco-friendly car rentals whenever possible.
- Stay hydrated and nourished during travel by carrying a refillable water bottle and plant-based snacks.
- Finally, embrace flexibility and have a positive mindset, as not all destinations may have the same vegan infrastructure as your home country.
Are you ready for some vegan travel?
Planning a vegan-friendly vacation allows you to explore the world while staying true to your ethical and dietary choices.
By researching vegan-friendly destinations, utilizing resources, selecting vegan accommodations, enjoying plant-based dining, and engaging in ethical activities, you can create a memorable and sustainable vegan travel experience.
Whether you’re seeking vibrant city life, serene nature retreats, or cultural immersion, there are countless vegan vacation ideas waiting to be explored. Embrace the adventure, savor the flavors, and embark on a journey that aligns with your values and passion for veganism.