Guest Contributors

Interview with Will Travel for Vegan Food

I recently interviewed Kristin from the Will Travel for Vegan Food project. Learn all about this epic road trip and how you can support it by funding the Kickstarter campaign.

What’s the Will Travel for Vegan Food project all about?
The “WTF Vegan Food” project is a year-long vegan food focused road trip across the US. The plan is to eat at all of the 100% vegan restaurants in the country, as well as visit all 50 states! :)

I’ll be interviewing restaurant owners, business owners, and attending vegan meetups, as well as volunteering at farm sanctuaries and the like, all along the way.

What inspired your trip?
Nearly a year ago I started reading about unconventional living, and being able to travel while work thanks to the Internet. I had also picked up two books that were turning points for me: Crush It! Why Now Is The Time To Cash In On Your Passion and  The 4-Hour Work Week. It was like a one-two punch to the gut style, wake up call. After reading these books I was more inspired than ever to following my passions.

Passions: after becoming vegan I had fallen in love with food and I had also been bitten with the travel bug … so within a few months I was creating a plan to leave my 9-5 job and hit to road on what’s sure to be an epic adventure that combines my love of food and interest in travel. :)

Where are you planning to go?
The plan is to attempt to eat at all of the 100% vegan restaurants in the US. So I’ll be going to every state that has an all vegan restaurant. However, visiting all 50 states is on my “BID list” so I’m going to use this as an opportunity to visit every state and stop in the ones that have some good touristy or outdoorsy activities, or must-see US landmarks.

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Guest Post: Vegan Road Trip USA

Road trip!

Road trip!

This guest post is by Mandi Hoffman, a vegan blogger and activist hailing from sunny Portland, Oregon. She runs Chicvegan.com, a website for ethical ladies who want to do good deeds while looking hot and feeling fabulous.

Driving across country can be fun – especially when you can have all types of food adventures on your way! My boyfriend and I recently made the long trek from Portland, OR to Charlotte, NC. Admittedly, I did not do much planning for this trip. It came as an unexpected surprise and I hardly had time to get my shoes on before embarking on the journey, let alone strategically plan every stop. As a vegan, this was a bad idea. Since our trip was a rushed one, we had to grab things to eat at whatever place was open during the time we happened to be passing through. While we ended up discovering some truly great places, we missed out on an abundance of others.

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Vegan Delights from Turkey

Turkish Street Food

Turkish Street Food

This guest post was written by Sarah, a passionate vegan who loves to eat and travel. She blogs about her travel at Bliss Vagabond.

Despite what many Turks will tell you, being vegan in Turkey is easy. Yes, Turks love their meat and restaurants tend to serve meat-heavy dishes, but once you know what to look for, staying vegan and staying healthy while traveling the country is a delicious and stress-free undertaking.

First, a few words about what to watch out for. Cooked food, including mercimek çorbası (lentil soup) and pilav (rice) often contain chicken or meat stock. I tend to avoid these as a rule because even when you ask if it’s made with meat stock (“Et suyu var mı?”), your server may not know the answer or may simply tell you what they think you want to hear. Margarine is often used as a butter substitute, but much of the margarine in Turkey is not vegan. Yogurt is generally eaten at every meal, but is often served on the side and is therefore easy to avoid.

Now to the good news: the plethora of delicious and naturally vegan food awaiting you!

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An Introduction to Eating Vegan in Taiwan

Fenqihu (奮起湖) train lunch box served in a bamboo box.

Fenqihu (奮起湖) train lunch served in a bamboo box.

This guest post was written by Seattle vegan and frequent Taiwan backpacker, Brett Boynton. Brett’s tea blog, which currently contains over 30 of his own Taiwan travel stories, can be found at blackdragonteabar.blogspot.com

Taiwan is a vibrant and beautiful island filled with great people, incredible tea, and abundant delicious vegan food. It is not difficult to find all of the above even if your Guoyu (Taiwan’s word for Mandarin) (國語) is limited to Xiexie (謝謝) (thank you) and Ni Hao (你好) (hello). The key is to have a few phrases written in Chinese before you travel.

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The Intrepid Herbivores Learn to Cook Vegan in Thailand

Thai Food Made Vegan

Thai Food Made Vegan

This guest post was written by The Intrepid Herbivores, Sadie and Joe, who recently spent some time in Thailand studying local cooking techniques and filming the pilot episode for their vegan travel TV show.

Traveling vegan style has so much potential for adventure. You get to bend your expectations and challenge yourself in regards to pretty much all of your senses. For my favorite sense–taste–Thailand has been a goldmine of sensory rewards.

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Vegan Breakfast in Brazil: Banana Chia Seed Pancake Recipe

Ingredients for a Healthy Vegan Breakfast

Ingredients for a Healthy Vegan Breakfast

This guest post was written by Claude from the Abrams Family World Travel Blog. Claude and his wife have been traveling around the world with their four year old son and are now expecting their second child. If they can travel the world as a family of vegans, so can you!

Inevitably, when travelling for long periods as a family, as we do, you will reach remote regions where obtaining your favourite foods and ingredients are more challenging.

We are in such a place right now – living in an eco village on Brazil’s Bahia coastline close to Itacare. To get supplies, we have to walk 6km along the beach, take a canoe across a river and then walk some more into town. We don’t have a blender either or any of our favourite kitchen appliances.

Yet even in a place such as this, we can make satisfying vegan meals. Our breakfast favourite is vegan banana and chia seed pancakes.

So long as you have access to these basic ingredients and a good non-stick frying pan, these pancakes will give you a satisfying and nourishing start to the day. Chia seeds are exceptionally high in omegas, minerals and protein.

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On the Hunt for Vegan Food in Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau, Bahamas

This guest post was written by Spencer Hope Davis from the Observations from the Road Less Traveled blog.

When I headed off on an extended vacation to Nassau, the capital city and largest city in the Bahamas, I searched the web for places that might be vegan friendly and frankly, I didn’t find a lot of possibilities. Happy Cow didn’t help. No restaurants were listed when I Googled “Nassau vegan.”  In fact, the few blog posts on the matter specifically said Nassau had no vegan friendly spots. I was concerned, but not deterred. After all, my blog is about observing the road less traveled, so I was stubbornly certain that I would find what I was looking for by looking hard enough—even in the land of conch (sea snail) fritters.

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Trinidad & Tobago: A Vegan Paradise

Doubles (Trini-Bajan Style) on flickr by coreycam

Doubles (Trini-Bajan Style) on flickr by coreycam

This guest post was written by Claude from the Abrams Family World Travel Blog. Claude and his wife have been traveling around the world with their four year old son and are now expecting their second child. If they can travel the world as a family of vegans, so can you!

Who’d have thought that the Carribean islands of Trinidad and Tobago would be such a vegan paradise? We travelled to both islands last October for the first time and the food was as much a highlight as the weather and beaches. While the cuisine choice is grand, there are some catches – and the key is timing.

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How to Survive (on Tapas) as a Vegan in Granada, Spain

granada

Granada, Spain

This guest post is by Elisa, author of the Vegan Happy blog. She is a vegan who has lived in five different European countries over the last seven years.

Well, after six years of living in Granada, an amazing city in the south of Spain, Andalusia, I would like to offer some tips for vegans. It has taken me a long time to find the right places to eat.

So, here we are…..

First I have to give you some advice: once you are in Granada, it’s really difficult to leave! Believe me! It’s a city of musicians, culture, artists, sun, mountains and good energy….

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Advice from a Raw Vegan Travel Expert

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Travel Blender

This guest post was written by Robyn from the Girl on Raw blog. Robyn is a raw chef and former Australian International Flight Attendant who is studying Clinical Nutrition and specializing in Raw & Vegan Food. She shares her healthy eating tips through her website.

A lot of people ask me how I maintain my healthy diet with the amount of travel I do. Let me tell you, it wasn’t always easy. As a flight attendant for both commercial and private airlines, living in hotels, on planes and out of suitcases for the majority of the year, you begin to learn tricks to keep healthy and stay on track. Believe it or not, it actually becomes quite fun and even second nature after a while.

It doesn’t have to be a chore! There are some hints and or tips you can use to stick to a high raw vegan diet while on the road, wherever in the world you are. And I’m here to share a few of the things I’ve learned over the years.

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