On August 30th, I took a flight to Sunny San Diego, CA! I had all my arrangements of where to stay for 2 months, and was ready to be on my own for a bit. San Diego is one of the best places to be a vegan, let me tell you. There are so many vegan restaurants, many more options in grocery stores, and more vegan activists than where I am from, originally. The options are endless! Just around the corner from where I am staying, there is an all vegan cinnamon bun place, called Cinnaholic. Its very rich, but great if you have a hankering for something sweet. San Diego is home to a few of the only “fast-food” vegan restaurants, at least that I’ve heard of. From Veggie Grill, to Native Foods, you find all your favorites veganized!
But, if you’re traveling for a long period of time, you can’t always eat out. I definitely can’t at least. Remember, just because its vegan doesn’t make it healthy. So, you have to stay somewhere you can cook. For me, that means staying in an Air BnB. For you, that may mean staying in an Extended Stay hotel, or getting a hotplate. Whatever works for you, do it! When you’re in an environment you’re not used, or you’re staying in a place with other people, you may feel a little weird about cooking a big meal for yourself, but don’t shy away from it! Its so much healthier, and cheaper! 🙂 And chances are, no one cares what you’re doing in the kitchen.
Some good ways to be cheap and healthy while traveling, are to bring sandwiches, wraps, pasta salads, etc. with you when you go out. For example, I’ve made a friend out here, and we’ve been hanging out a lot. So, typically we’ll make something to eat, and take it with us. If we don’t make a meal to take, we’ll take snacks like bananas, apples, nuts, chips even (he’s a bad influence on me haha). When you’re taking stuff out with you, its all about what’s not going to go bad without being refrigerated, what’s not going to get squishy, and what will fill you up when you need that pick me up. Also, always try to use reusable containers to store your food in. First of all, solid containers will help keep everything fresh and to not get mushy, and second its so much better for the environment to keep reusing something, instead of always throwing it away. I mean, isn’t that one of the reasons you became vegan in the first place? To help the planet?
When going traveling, always be sure to have fun, meet new people, try new things, and get a good photographer friend to take pictures for you! (HAHA)
To get more information on traveling go to: Simply EcoNomads. They write articles on sustainable travel, veganism, and other useful things! They’re a lot better at traveling than I am, for sure!
Also, be sure to check out Brad Bethell Photography. He is an amazing photographer, and took some of the pictures below.