Managing any sort of dietary restrictions while you’re abroad can be a pain. It can seem impossible to know what exactly is lurking in that paella, but trust us, it can be done. Here are some tips from four of our staff members who have navigated the waters of eating meat-free while in a new country.
Charlie is the Director of Operations, and has been a vegan for about a year!
Local markets are a great place to find fresh fruits and veggies. They’re great for breakfast or a picnic, plus its one of the best places to interact with locals. Real men eat plants!
Allison is a Trip Consultant who has been a vegetarian for over 10 years now, and has visited over 15 countries.
Spain is known for it’s Jamón (cured ham) and chorizo (pork sausage), and Spaniards are immensely proud of both. Moving to Spain and living with a host family, I was afraid I would have to ditch vegetarianism, and pick up meat eating. Instead, I learned to love the fresh, delicious meat free options the Iberian Peninsula has to offer!
Here are some of her favorite things to eat in Spain-
Paella Vegetariana o veduras: Vegetarian paella. Usually made with a vegetable based broth, the saffron rice is paired with local/seasonal veggies. Always excellent and super filling.
Gazpacho: a cold soup made of blended fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and spices, found all over during April-September. It’s a vegetarians dream.
Manchego: a beautiful Spanish cheese from the La Mancha region which you can find on almost any bar’s tapas menu. Served drizzled in olive oil and served with a fresh baguette, it’s to die for.
Claire is a Trip Consultant who has traveled as both a vegetarian and a vegan.
As long as you do your research, you’ll be fine! There are tons of great resources available online that will literally map out vegan/vegetarian restaurants in almost every single city in Europe. And let’s not forget about grocery stores and farmers markets.
It can be even more tricky to travel as a vegan, so here are some recommendations for vegan traveling from Claire.
Places to eat in Barcelona
Juicy Jones- AMAZING
Places to eat in Amsterdam
Spanish- Leche (milk), suero (whey)
French Petit lait (whey), lait (lacte) (milk)
German-milch (milk), molke (whey)
Phrases to look for to avoid eggs
German- eier (eggs)
Spanish- huevos (eggs)
French- oeufs (eggs)