Eating a Whole Food Plant Based (Vegan) Diet while Travelling

You think it will be difficult to eat a whole food plant based diet while travelling? You find it hard to eat healthy on vacation? Here are my tips and tricks for eating a healthy vegan diet while travelling!

I know many like to take vacations as an excuse to eat very unhealthy. Even during my vacation to Boracay many of my friends said something like “well, I am on vacation so just let me get this extra beer/desert/burger/coke/whatsoever”. I like to enjoy a lot of good food too, when I am on vacation. However, I prefer to eat healthy food which gives me loads of energy so that I can enjoy my vacation to the fullest instead of feeling heavy and tired after every meal.

There are a few things that I bring with me when travelling;

First, I like to bring healthy snacks such as dates and nuts which last for a week or more. I take these ones with me whenever I go somewhere where I am not sure to find healthy options. Like when we went for a boat trip, when we explored the inner part of the island or when travelling by bus or plane.

Second, I bring my own blender. This may sound weird to some of you, but I cannot live without my smoothies. I have a travel sized blender from Klarstein which I bring with me when travelling. Every country has different fruits and veggies and I LOVE to make smoothies with them. In the Philippines it was just awesome to have smoothies made of the best mangos in the world, together with apple bananas, pitayas, mangosteen and so on. Having a blender with me, I can make sure that I always get a delicious and healthy smoothie for breakfast. You can use it in your hotel room or airbnb or even in a hostel kitchen.

I like to stay at airbnbs when travelling because I just like to have my own kitchen. When you are staying at an airbnb you can cook easy meals yourself – this does not only save you a lot of money but you also know what you get. I love to experiment with local greens and to stroll through local supermarkets. In the Philippines I had a lot of brown rice with mixed local veggies, yam, sweet potatoes, and squash, with a coconut cream sauce. I usually make one pot dishes to keep it easy and I rarely ever spend more than 30 minutes on cooking. I make sure to cook a lot so that we can eat two days from it. Like, I cook something in the evening and the next day, we bring the leftovers to the beach to have a lunch picknick there.

When you do not want to cook, you will find loads of healthy vegan options in all different kinds of restaurants. In general, we love to go to Indian, Chinese or Japanese places because it is very easy there to find vegan currys, rice with steamed vegetables, sushi, soba noodles, etc.

The Philippine cuisine is known to be very heavy on meat and everyone kept telling us that we will have such a hard time eating a vegan diet while travelling Boracay. However, even in Philippine restaurants we found delicious meals such as eggplant salad (the first eggplant salad I have ever had – it was sooo good. The started by ordering one and ended up ordering three of them because we just could not stop eating), string beans with tofu, spring onion salad, steamed mixed veggies…

Finally, I love to snack on fresh local fruits. I will make a post about my beach essentials where I will talk more about this one.

Oh, and make sure to pre-order your special meal when travelling by air plane! As the meals on the plane are never enough for me (I skip the desert and the white bread roll which are both rather unhealthy), I always bring some fresh fruit, dried fruit and nuts as a snack on the plane. Sometimes I also bring some whole wheat bread rolls or even sandwiches.

What are you like when travelling? Do you rather go to restaurants or make your own food? Do you like to eat healthy too, when travelling or do you rather take the vacations as an excuse to eat all the bad stuff? I would love to know!

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  1. Oktober 30, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    Oh, da habt ihr ja wirklich gut essen können! Ich präferiere auch airbnbs, nicht nur wegen dem Preis sondern auch wegen der Küche! Gold wert, wenn man nur pflanzlich isst, vor allem, wenn man die Landessprache nicht spricht…

    -Kati

  2. Shannon Jenkin
    Oktober 31, 2016 / 4:10 am

    Yum!!! This looks so yummy!Love that you keep it up even while traveling!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  3. Amy Arnold
    Oktober 31, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    I think it is such a good idea to take advantage of local fruits and veggies. I feel like you probably got a more authentic experience eating that way.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  4. Oktober 31, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    I am in the middle! I love the comfort of restaurants but I am selective with food. Never thought about smoothie on travel, usually there are natural juice around.

  5. coatandcoffee
    Oktober 31, 2016 / 6:07 pm

    Dang this food looks so good! Kudos to you for keeping your diet. When I am traveling I do a combination. Typically I know which restaurants I want to visit, so if I have a breakfast spot that I really want to go to, then maybe I’ll just get a salad from a store or sandwich and eat in the park or something. If I want lunch at a restaurant, then I’ll make breakfast at home, etc. I usually rent Airbnb’s for the reason. So I can cook! I like to have a balance of both.

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  6. November 1, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    It is so good to read another post about your trip! I love the pics and everything looks so yummy! When we were by the sea this year, I also made sure we had plenty of good, homemade food with us. I took few big jars – in one of them there was a mix of homemade granola with nuts and all the good stuff. And I also took some veggie soup in another jars, some mushroom handpies and some vegetarian stew. I’ve made it before the trip, put it in the jar while steaming hot and pasteurized to make sure it will be fresh. And I also remember about few healthy snacks. It was all worth it, cos food by the sea is sooo expensive and also unhealthy. The weekend was so full of work from me, so I’m pretty tired, but the next one is free:) I’m planning to go healthy shopping. I want to buy some algae or sea weed to have some iodine in my diet. I’ve already tried spirulina, do you have any favourite algae or seaweed? Have a lovely weeek, hugs:)))

  7. November 1, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Bringing healthy snacks along for travel days is key for me- otherwise I’m stopping and grabbing all the junk at airports!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  8. November 2, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    Oh my! Everything looks so delicious! I’m trying some of these at home!
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  9. November 2, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    Ich versuche auch auf Reisen immer recht gesund zu essen. Klar, da mag sich der Herr mal noch ein Bier gönnen, aber ich halte nichts davon, wenn man der Einfachheit halber nur noch Fast Food oder etwas in der Richtung isst. Fast überall fiel mir das aber auch recht einfach. Japan war ein bisschen schwierig, da gibt’s halt nicht wirklich viel vegetarisches. Auch wenn ich nicht streng vegetarisch esse, bin ich bei Fleisch dann doch ziemlich mäkelig.

  10. November 6, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    A travel sized blender is genius! Never heard of one but I love it. Any tips or ideas for airport/plane moments and what’s allowed on a plane and what isn’t?