#1 – Plan Ahead!
#2 – Don’t Settle
If you haven’t planned ahead (I admit that you won’t be able to do this for every meal), and you find yourself in a place that does not appear to have anything that you can eat, don’t be shy! Nothing irks me more than watching a fellow vegetarian settle for bread and salad because the person feels too ashamed to speak up. First, there is no reason to be ashamed. Vegetarianism is a healthy lifestyle, and we should proudly embrace it. Second, it’s important to let restaurants know that they have an important customer base that they should not ignore. Finally, you might be surprised!
Last summer, for example, I found myself in a small, sleepy town on a Caribbean island. It was the middle of the afternoon, and everything was closed except for a small bar, which had nothing but burgers and fried fish on the menu. I told the bartender that I was a vegetarian, and his face lit up. The bar’s chef also was a vegetarian (for health reasons) and was more than happy to accommodate me. He quickly prepared this snack of mini arepas, and they hit the spot.
As previously mentioned on this website, I am a vegetarian, not a vegan, so I have no problem eating eggs. In my view, the most important thing you can do when you are traveling, especially if you are in a place where it might be difficult to find good vegetarian food, is to fill up on a big, protein-rich breakfast. I love hotel breakfast buffets, where you can get made-to-order omelets, potatoes, and fresh fruit. In fact, before booking a hotel, I often check the hotel restaurant’s menu and reviews to make sure they serve a good breakfast, and then book the room with breakfast included to save money. If you eat a big breakfast, it will be easier to make it through the rest of the day, even if you're stuck with salad and bread for dinner.
#3 – Eat a Big Breakfast
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visiting a place with limited vegetarian options.