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!
I hope you liked my minimalist tips to pack lighter! As promised I’m going to share a “what I brought for a 10 days trip” packing list.
I travelled to Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, and Germany in April and the weather wasn’t fantastic. I brought sport clothes as I was training for a half marathon but I would skip that if you don’t plan on working out. I recommend leaving your laptop at home and using your phone/tablet instead unless you’re a blogger like me.
1 pair of black jeans
1 denim jacket
2 long sleeved t-shirts
1 short sleeved t-shirt (for sleeping)
1 set of workout clothes (leggings, sport bra, and t-shirt)
2 dresses (I only ended up using one)
1 pair pantyhose
7 pairs of underwear
2 bras (soft bras takes up less room than push up, etc.)
4 pairs of socks
1 pair of shoes (running shoes that I also used for daily use)
A small backpack for daily use
Reusable drinking bottle
Camera and tripod
Adapters for everything
A small towel
A tote bag
I almost use no toiletries, so this was really easy
Tooth brush and tooth paste
Natural soap bar (I never use shampoo as a zero waste natural soap bar works just as well for me. One bar lasts for around a year and comes with no plastic waste. It’s also firm so you can have it in your hand luggage)
Vitamin pills and other medicine
I did end up buying some second hand clothes in Estonia as they had amazing thrift stores. I purchased one dress, a hat, and a pair of jeans. Luckily my boyfriend (who is an extreme minimalist) had the room for it in his luggage.
Do you have some minimalist travel tips yourself? I’m always open to expand my knowledge and find ways to dive deeper into using less!
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.
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.
Bring a smaller bag. You will have no choice but to pack lighter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes it can be challenging finding places to eat when you’re in a vegan – non-vegan relationship. My boyfriend and I often want completely different meals so we often meet in the middle and go for pizza! Pizza is so easy to veganize as you can easily ask the restaurant to remove the cheese and meat.
We found wonderful pizza in Estonia! Here are some of our favorites!
Kaja Pizza Köök; didn’t have vegan cheese, although the high-quality of their ingredients more than made up for it. The base was made with sour dough and was incredibly tasty and flaky! The tomato sauce was perfectly tangy as well. It’s got a great vibe inside- friendly staff and a great selection of Ramones, Sex Pistols, and other old school punk music spinning.
Address: Õle 33, 10319 Tallinn, Estonia
Opera Pizza; is an Estonian pizza chain that serves vegan pizza – and my goodness they know how to make a vegan pizza sinful. They have two different vegan combinations. My favorite was their vegan kebab pie that came with mayo served on top. It was greasily inventive and I can’t wait to go back!
Address: Kotka 3a, 11315 Tallinn, Estonia
La Dolce Vita; serve a thin-crust pizza with olives, mushrooms, and pinapple. It came with plenty of vegan cheese and was overall very tasty. You could also purchase a vegan cheese swirl that tasted amazing!
Address:Kompanii 10, 51005 Tartu, Estonia
Estonia’s pizza game is strong! My initial impression is certainly positive and I look forward to making my own vegan guide to Tallinn!
From the vantage point of Denmark, Germany is a vegan’s paradise. Whenever I traverse the border I make sure to stock up on an assortment of sweets like cakes and chocolate spread.
On my most recent trip I went to REWE (probably the most ubiquitous grocery chain in Germany) which carries Veganz products (Veganz also has its own standalone shop in Berlin if you’re ever there). I love Veganz’ spongy chocolate muffins which are a steal for €1.50. Another chocolate favorite of mine are the “Waffleschnitte Hasselnuss” waffle bites. They are bit-sized and delicious! I also love the delightfully juxtaposed sweet and sour lemon custard sandwich cookies. You should heed my warning and enjoy these in moderation and responsibly instead of binge eating an entire package like I did the other night.
Last but not least, I love REWE’s own vegan chocolate nougat spread. It’s just nougat, chocolate, and hazelnut- an oldie but a goodie!
I’m sorry for the quietness on the blog. I have recently travelled to Estonia to meet up with my boyfriend. We have been apart for almost 2 moths, so we had a lot of catching up to do. I’m really enjoying Estonia which is an amazing country with warm hearted people, fantastic architectures, and tasty vegan food!
Tonight we are taking the night bus to Vilinius, Lithuania and I’m really exited to see what that city has to offer!
The blog will be back on track soon with a new post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – I promise!
Last summer I visited Krakow for the first time where I discovered the joy Polish food brings to all those who stick a fork into a perogie. Krakow is extremely beautiful and filled with countless restaurants that just ooze Polish hospitality. The hectic, whirl wind tourist vibe you get in places like Prague and Paris is largely absent and on egets the feeling they can navigate the city by foot or its straight forward tram system.
Poland is a joy for budgettravellers like myself. Excellent food, grand historical sites, and beautiful nature are available to those who lack affluence but crave an adventure off the beaten “Eurotrip-stagparty-trustafarian backpacker” route.
The Polish baking tradition is incredible (and I’m from Denmark)!). All around the city you will find small, old-lady operated carts selling a round wheat-bread ring topped with sesame seeds. Very simple but amazingly tasty and a bargain at 2 zloty (.50 € or .60 cents)! By venturing into a few different brick and mortar bakeries I found these traditionally Polish spinach and mushroom pastries called “Paszteciki z pieczarkami” that just happened to be vegan.
However, my favorite Polish food is perogies. They are soft, plump dumplings that traditionally contain cheese, potatoes, or meat but can be stuffed with an endless number of fillings. They are found in many restaurants throughout Krakow; my favorite vegan ones where found at “Pirozki U Vicenta”, a cozy local joint. They where stuffed with a red lentil and spinach mixture that had it’s flavor brought out by the soft, starchy dumpling it was encased in.
Are you a gluten-holic and desire to stuff yourself with perogies like me? Bookyour ticket to Krakow NOW!
Pirozki U Vicenta – address; Bożego Ciała 12, 33-332 Kraków