How to Travel and be Vegan

Travelling, Veganism

Summer is here and many of us find ourselves traveling. Slipping up is really easy on the road as it is so much easier to just go with what is being served locally without asking too many questions. The key is preparation- make sure you’ve done your research before you arrive. 

The first thing I do in a new city is hit up the local supermarket and stock up on essentials like fruit, vegetables, bread, nut butter, and plant milk. These standbys can be found almost everywhere and while not exactly pictured in travel blogs, a peanut butter sandwich on the beach can be very satisfying. 

I eat ice cream almost everyday when I’m on vacation. I’ve found that if a city doesn’t have a readily available vegan option, most sorbets are a decent option. Most restaurants have a few vegetarian options which can easily become vegan with a few simple requests. Order a vegetarian pizza without cheese or a falafel wrap with hummus instead of yoghurt. Most restaurants will be happy to oblige and make an extra effort for you! 

Do you have any vegan travel tips? Let me know in the comments! 

BIG HUGS

Minimalist Packing Tips

Minimalism

I spent the Easter holiday break travelling to Tallinn, Vilnius, Warsaw, and Berlin. By packing lightly for the trip I was able to experience a high amount of physical freedom and I was being able to help my boyfriend carry some of his music equipment. 

As most of us, I used to fill up my suitcase before embarking on a trip, only to realize I overpacked when the trip was over. These are some tips for starting to pack lighter, especially if you don’t know where to start. 

  1. Don’t be afraid to do laundry. Boring as it may sound, I have actually found some pleasant laundry mats abroad. It can also be a great time to escape from the daily stress travel brings and escape in a good book or Netflix show. 
  2. Bring a smaller bag. You will have no choice but to pack lighter. 
  3. Only bring your favourite things. There is no need for special vacation clothes. See travel as an extension of your life, not an escape from it. 
  4. Bring one of each- one pair of shoes, one hat, one pair of underwear (jk maybe bring two). Wardrobes are not responsible for those life-changing moments that happen on the road. Pack so that when one of those moments comes, you can experience it to the fullest instead of fretting over which pair of shoes to wear to dinner. 
  5. Cut your toiletries down to the bare essentials like a toothbrush and deodorant. No one needs a face-full of makeup weighing them down when summer is in full swing. 
  6. Pack for the weather. As much as you might wish for an early spring in Iceland, realize that it most likely won’t happen and your swimsuit will be left to lay in your suitcase. Likewise, your Russian Bomber jacket will only take up space on your trip to Spain.

I hope this can help you to get the ball rolling on packing lighter for your next trip. Let me know what you do to pack less in the comments. 

BIG HUGS