So.. I’m off to Bali next month! Woo! I’m so excited, I’ve heard and seen so many great stories and photos about Bali and I can’t wait to finally experience it myself.
I personally don’t find eating plant based on holiday difficult at all. I’m pretty much happy with everything as long as it’s simple plant based foods. Now, Bali is literally vegan heaven – I definitely won’t be having any difficulties eating plant based there! But I’ve been to Las Vegas, Florida, Italy, and Egypt too and most of these places aren’t really vegan friendly, but I still ate whole food plant based when I was there without any problems basically. So today, I’ll share some tips for you guys!
1. Look up restaurants
Before you leave, look at what kind of restaurants there are at the place you’re staying at. Make sure you’re prepared and know what kind of restaurants they have or if there’s a supermarket near you. This way, you still have plenty of time to figure out where to eat and what to eat. Also HappyCow is a great app to check vegetarian/vegan restaurants!
2. Bring some of your staples
On every trip I went on, I always brought some oatmeal, bananas, more fruits and raw date/nut bars. Especially for the plane ride: Las Vegas and Florida were both about 12 hour plane rides and both 24 hour travels in total, so you definitely have to bring enough food. For breakfast, what I’ve done every time is eat fruit from the buffet of the hotel we’re staying at and then make my own oatmeal with it.
2. Go to the local supermarket.
Find out were the local supermarket is and do some groceries. Now, I know sometimes you won’t have a fridge in your hotel room – so you can’t stock up on certain foods. But you can get things like bananas and some other fruits that don’t go in the fridge, or vegetable snacks like tomatoes, carrots, cucumber etc.
4. Don’t have high expentations.
You’re probably not going to eat an amazing 3 course vegan meal at every place you go to everyday. To me, that’s fine. When I was in Las Vegas, most of the time for dinner I ate lettuce with some tomatoes, cucumbers and a baked potato or some plain rice. I did go to Whole Foods for lunch a couple of times and had either an acai bowl or just a veggie bowl, that I basically loaded with protein cause I knew I probably wouldn’t have much protein at dinner time hehe. If they had beans I’d ask for beans, but most didn’t have beans that weren’t prepared in butter but hey it’s fine. I also ate at plenty of steakhouses (I went with my mom who isn’t vegan) and as long as you’re content with just simple plant based foods you’ll be fine.
So.. that’s it! I hope you’ve found this helpful. If you’re going on holiday soon, enjoy! Eating plant based abroad really isn’t as hard as it seems.. as long as you know you want to do this 100% and are okay with eating simple foods you’ll be fine. I really can’t wait to go to Bali, I’m so looking forward to all the smoothie bowls and cute vegan / health places there!