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Going on holiday as a vegan

How about when you need to get away for a few days - or wish travel outside your comfort zone? Don’t worry – help is at hand. If you’re travelling to somewhere within the UK and looking for advice on where to stay or eat, try getting in touch with one of The Vegan Society's Local and Group Contacts for that area. For international travellers, many supermarkets carry vegan basics like soya milk and of course you’ll always be able to find fresh fruit and veggies. As veganism grows in popularity, vegan / vegetarian restaurants are popping up around the globe and many places that you may have thought wouldn’t be vegan-friendly might just surprise you. 

Plan in advance when it comes to food 

Whether you’re travelling by plane, train, boat or bus, if food is provided on your journey, make sure you state your dietary needs when you book. On top of this, it’s a good idea to take some food or at least snacks on your journey in case your vegan meal doesn’t materialise or isn’t very substantial. Watch out for non-vegan extras such as non-vegan margarine or coffee creamer appearing with the ‘vegan meal’ – caterers sometimes don't realise that items like sunflower margarine are not always dairy-free. If you feel let down by your travel company, then remember to file a complaint – they won’t improve their services unless pressured to do so. It's almost always far more effective to complain to the customer services department rather than the on-board staff.

Don’t forget your Vegan Passport

The Vegan Society stocks a number of books for vegan travellers, the new edition of The Vegan Passport available from our shop in early 2016. The invaluable Vegan Passport is a pocket-sized book describing what vegans do and don't eat in the languages of over 95% of the world's population; and it includes, as a failsafe, a pictorial guide. In addition, the Vegetarian Guides series makes available books describing appropriate eating places in many European cities and tourist destinations.

Ideas for travelling and accommodation

There are more vegan-friendly travel businesses than you might think: have an internet search for the latest travel companies around, such as The Lodge, Grenada, who offer vegan accommodation and catering in St. George's, Grenada.