One of my favourite things about travelling is having delicious food (and food-based memories). I often think about the fancy vegan food I had in New York, the street corn in Mexico City, the Italian food in Bangkok and Kerala (India), the Ethiopian food in Rome, and the (out of this world) coffee and chocolate in Guatemala.
Vegan Travel tips
Before I leave on a trip (road trip or otherwise), I do a bit of research on what vegan food options are available.
When it comes to eating out during my travels, I generally do a combination of these:
-seek out strictly vegan or vegetarian restaurants
-have grocery store lunches (hummus, pita bread, and a salad)
-get food from a vegan-friendly restaurant or café
Or, if I’m really hungry and pressed for time, I’ll get a sandwich from Subway or another sandwich shop.
I also buy dried snacks to take with me for my trip—granola bars, dried fruits, nuts, and chocolate bars.
New Vegan Food Adventure Tours
I’ve always wanted to travel to a country and be able to taste the local cuisine and learn to make it, too! I have been vegan for over 17 years, and have definitely travelled quite a bit overseas (and within North America) in that time.
Some countries, like India, have been easy to eat vegan in. Other countries, like Italy, I have had to stick to eating the same things over and over again. Though honestly – eating marinara pizza (no cheese, traditionally made with olive oil, garlic, tomato sauce, and basil on top) and soy gelato several times a day isn’t exactly settling.
But, wouldn’t it be awesome to eat and cook food locally? I hear about people taking cooking classes in places like Thailand, India, and Italy, but
I haven’t been on any tours before (apart from day tours within cities), but I’ve been looking into Intrepid Travel tours lately since I found out about the new vegan food adventure tours.
“Whether you eat a vegan diet, or just want to test the waters, this new line of vegan adventures will offer authentic culinary adventures and experiences you’ll only discover with an Intrepid local leader. Food travel is here to stay, and it’s our responsibility as a leading travel company to provide a range of offerings that can suit all tastes and lifestyles,” said Neil Coletta, Brand & Product Manager, Food Tours, Intrepid Travel.
Vegan Food Tours
To cater to this growing market and offer more variety in its culinary tours, Intrepid Travel has designed its new line of vegan food tours in destinations that are already known for their culinary scenes. Three of the new tours include:
• India Vegan Food Adventure (8 days) – This culinary adventure to Dehli, Jaipur, and Agra showcases why this corner of the subcontinent is one of the greatest places in the world for vegan travelers. The itinerary ventures far beyond the masala dosas and veggie samosas of the high street cafes and includes vegan cooking classes and visits to iconic sites like the Taj Mahal.
• Italy Vegan Food Adventure (8 Days) – In a country known for its cheese, meats, and pizza, Italy is also where some of the world’s most progressive and innovative vegan food experiences can be had. Venturing from Venice to Rome, highlights of the trip include a dinner in Venice’s first vegan restaurant, a farm-to-table vegan feast and two nights in an all-vegan villa in Tuscany.
• Thailand Vegan Food Adventure (8 Days) – Home to some of the world’s most flavorful cuisine, this tour will highlight the legendary and vegan-friendly cuisine of South East Asia, with activities such as a palm sugar demonstration at Tha Kha floating market and preparing a vegan meal under the guidance of a local during an authentic homestay in Chiang Mai.
I think it would be so much fun to go on an exclusively vegan trip, where I wouldn’t feel like I was bothering anyone with my dietary preferences. All Intrepid Travel adventures can be altered to be vegan-friendly, but being around other people who not only appreciate vegan food, but get excited about it would be my kind of adventure!