In general, when traveling I try to get a hotel near a grocery store. I have celiac disease and eat gluten free, so I've had to get used to travel strategies already. Luckily they translate for vegan pretty well. :) A grocery near the hotel is key because I go there immediately and buy some staples - crackers, So Delicious coconut yogurt, peanut butter, hummus. If I'm lucky, the grocery will have a good salad bar, so I can get beans, salad, etc, from the bar.
Breakfast - Oatmeal is a good standby for breakfast. You can even get that at Starbucks with the fruit and nuts. (See the Starbucks thread here for other vegan options there) I sometimes just get the banana at Starbucks. Due to gluten-free, all pastries, bagels, etc, are off limits for me, but I suspect at least some of those are vegan.
Lunch for me is usually a salad since that's either at the conference or a nearby restaurant. That can be the hardest meal.
Snacks - I ALWAYS have a food bar with me. My current favorites are Vega, PURE, and Larabars. Don't let yourself get too hungry to make poor choices.
Dinner - actualy, hotel restaurants are usually a good option. They are used to catering to weird choices due to the large number of travelers. I also check happycow.net to see if there are vegan friendly restaurants nearby.
thanks sierra! oddly enough, I'm sitting in my hotel contemplating a walk (after a very long day) to a grocery store across the parking lot. Typical, I didn't eat anything but oatmeal and a cliff bar and by the time dinner comes, I just seem to crave an honest, hot meal. but, as I troll through my 'hot options' on the hotel menu, I'm finding I'd be more satisfied with your suggestions.
Starbucks is responsible for a great deal of my nutritional needs on the road so it's good to hear that you think they may have a few vegan options...I just assumed it was all off limits.
Thanks sierra! you really seem to have it down pat!
These are some good suggestions, but I'd like some more ideas. I'm traveling to Cancun to an all inclusive resort with my family for Spring Break and it will be my first trip as a Vegan. Don't know if I'll be allowed to pack any food or get it through customs, but I'm willing to try. What types of food would you pack/take.
Going to a grocery won't be an option for me since we plan to stay on the resort property the whole time for safety and practical reasons.
I'm really excited about the trip, but the potential of having to eat yucky food is bumming me out!
Would love to hear other's strategies for making Vegan-friendly vacations.
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