International travel as a vegan or vegetarian can be a challenge. However, with a little planning and an open mind, that challenge can turn into one of the most rewarding parts of your travel experience. A brand-new world of dishes, flavors, and smells awaits the vegan traveler, destined to be just as memorable as the people, places, and landmarks that are part of the trip.
To help you plan your trip, and maybe inspire you too, here are 10 must-follow vegan travelers who share their experiences and culinary innovations on Instagram.
Slow Vegan Travel
Dale Davies and Franca Calabretta are an Anglo-Italian couple – he’s from the United Kingdom, and she’s from Southern Italy. They have been traveling the world together since 2012. In addition to being vegans, they are also proponents of the slow travel movement. They choose experiences over sightseeing, immersing themselves in culture, people, and cuisine. They have a series of vegan and slow travel guides and regularly host a #vegantravel chat on Twitter.
Amélie is a solo female traveler with a passion for yoga, cycling, and a healthy vegan lifestyle. Currently located in Berlin, she claims to have had her best vegan meals in Kuala Lumpur, Georgetown and Malacca in Malaysia, Ubud in Indonesia, Chiang Mai, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Bangkok in Thailand, and Singapore. Be sure to also visit her blog for her Vegan Food Guide to Reykjavik.
Will Travel for Vegan Food
Kristin Lajeunesse is the founder of Will Travel for Vegan Food. Originally from upstate New York, she completely adjusted her lifestyle to work online full-time and travel the world in the pursuit of new food discoveries.
Vegan Food Quest
Caryl and Paul are British ex-pats who left England in 2014 to find, eat, and write about the best vegan food in the world. They currently live in Siem Reap, Cambodia, well known for the iconic Temples of Angkor. There, they run the Vegan Villa where they host travelers and provide tours of their favorite spots in Temple Town.
The Lotus and the Artichoke
Justin P. Moore is the creative force behind The Lotus and the Artichoke, a vegan cookbook project he funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012. He’s traveled to over 50 countries and regularly provides cooking shows, classes, and dinner events near his current home base in Berlin, Germany.
Rika and Doni run the vegan food and travel blog Vegan Miam. They travel with the hope of finding new influences and inspirations for their creations. Rika focuses on recipes, testing cookbooks, and products while Doni contributes vegan travel reports, airline and hotel reviews, and vegan city guides. Plant-based Asian food is their specialty, and they’re not afraid of a little “funk, fermentation, and a healthy measure of spices.”
Amanda Burger travels the world and lives with only 11 pounds on her back. She’s been slowly house sitting her way around the globe, pursuing a vegan lifestyle, a passion for animal welfare, and (of course) vegan burgers.
Katie Baxter became a vegetarian in 2012 and now eats “mostly vegan” on her travels. After living abroad for several years and returning to the United States, she noticed that meat and dairy did not taste the same here as it does in Europe. She took the opportunity to learn about GMOs, pesticides, and the meat production industry – which prompted her to adopt a vegetarian diet.
Vegan in Brighton
Jojo is a self-described body positive feminist living the the south of England. Her vegan lifestyle started in 2009 with its roots firmly in the animal rights movement and environmentalism. While in Brighton she runs Operation Icing, a nonprofit vegan bakery that is now on hiatus as she embarks on her latest travel adventure.
Justin + Lauren
Justin and Lauren balance careers as full-time video editors in Ontario, Canada with their wanderlust. They are vegans who seek out plant-based cuisine on their travels, which has taken them from Africa and Europe to the Caribbean and North America.