Before you click away from what you’re probably suspecting to be a fresh slice of vegan propaganda… hear me out.
I’m not here to make you go vegan or even vegetarian. I am simply writing this to share what I’ve learned about healthy, sustainable eating habits while traveling. Because how many times have you found yourself at the end of a trip feeling like a big ol’ pile of poo? Nobody wants that, and I’ve been there enough times to have a few tricks up my sleeve.
Think of me as the darling mother of the Shut Up and Go contributors who makes sure you drink enough water at the club and doesn’t let you leave the dinner table until you finish your vegetables.
And as for my devout veggie queens (hiii Damon)… I know you’re out there. I see you, I hear you, and I’ve been in your shoes.
You are not alone!
This all started over 3 years ago when I moved to California to start college. As if that wasn’t enough of a change for me, I also decided to adopt a plant-based lifestyle the moment that I got off the plane.
Let’s just say that once you do the research and watch the documentaries, it’s hard to not think about what goes on your plate.
This is an incredibly accessible and mainstream lifestyle in California (much different than my home in New Jersey), but once I started to pack my bags and hit the road as a music teacher, I began to worry about what my food options might be throughout my travels.
Since then, I have eaten my merry little way through 8 countries with a questionable handle on the local languages. (I will master you one day, Japanese!) And I can’t tell you how pleasantly surprised I have been! Veganism is much more popular now than it was even five years ago, so the going is not as tough as you may think it is.
The biggest thing I want to make clear is that there will never be a time when you are 100% perfect. Different cultures are surprisingly talented at sneaking meat/fish/dairy/etc. into the most unassuming dishes. And if you’re lactose intolerant like I am, it’s not always going to be pretty.
But if you’re worried about pretty, you may want to stick to liking food pics on Instagram. Traveling gives you the opportunity to experience so many beautiful moments, but for every golden-hour selfie, there are 23 hours not caught on tape. And while they can be sweaty and messy, there is no reason for them to not be delicious and satisfying at the same time.
So, the real reason I’m choosing to write this series is for lil’ 18 year-old Tyler – newly vegan and ready to take on the world. Because there is so much that I have learned since then, and I know that I will only continue to pick up tips & tricks throughout my travels!
For every golden-hour selfie, there are 23 hours not caught on tape.
Here are some things you can expect from me throughout this series:
Guides to vegan and healthy options in different cities & countries that I’ve visited
Airport hacks that will save you from spending the big bucks at Jamba Juice
Exercise tips for all my antsy travelers out there
How to order at restaurants without being a jerk about it
Endless photos of avocado toast (begin bracing yourself now)
That’s all I have for now, until next time, my friends! Stay healthy, and whatever you do, do NOT try to bring a jar of peanut butter through security!! (Chunky PB is fine; creamy is not. Life is but a dream!)
Comment below anything else you would like to see me cover in this series!