Your vacation isn’t just any old trip.
It’s your escape from the hair-tearing moments of your everyday life.
It’s your time to do you (not in a dirty way) - your time to attend to your own wants and desires - and not your energy-sucking vampire boss’s or anyone else’s.
Whether you’re heading off on your honeymoon,
backpacking around the world after years of scrimping and saving,
or heading off on a weekend getaway with the girls,
one thing’s certain:
The secret to a relaxing vegan vacation
Is in the details (and you can plan for those).
You deserve to sip pomegranate mojitos on the boardwalk with the girls
Or to tear off your partner’s clothes under the stars on a moon-swept patch of sand,
Not worry about whether you’ll have to contend with a waiter who thinks trout is some sort of vegetable grown in the sea right next to kelp.
You should be basking in the bright white sunshine, while finally reading that book that’s been sitting on your bedside table for the last 6 months.
Not sniping at your partner while spending an hour walking down the street, reading menu after menu and finding no vegan options, your brain fuzzy with hunger.
You work hard for your money and your free time, damnit,
And you’ve earned the right to enjoy every bloody second (and dollar).
Introducing The Essential Vegan Travel Guide
by Caitlin Galer-Unti (featured in The New York Times)
a new guidebook that will teach you how to find vegan food anywhere - from Tacoma to Timbuktu, so you can stop wasting your precious time off, and start enjoying it (with delicious vegan food, to boot).
Because you want to relax and soothe those worry lines out of your forehead, without having to worry about the “what-ifs”:
What if I search high and low and can’t find any vegan food and am reduced to eating canned chickpeas and cold canned corn?
What if my friends won’t go to vegetarian restaurants with me and I’m left in a steakhouse eating a side salad as my entree?
What if I literally can’t find a single place within seventeen miles that does vegan food, and am reduced to picking tiny flecks of mozzarella off of a pizza?
Stop stressing about the what-ifs. The only thing you should be worrying about on this vacation is whether red or white pairs better with your seitan piccata.
Leave your stress at home.
Not your values.
I’m Caitlin Galer-Unti, from The Vegan Word, and I help people to plan worry-free vacations that don’t involve picking pepperoni off their pizza. At present, I've traveled to 28 countries, from Latvia to Taiwan to Panama. I’ll help you to:
-Find and make a list of the best vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants, wherever you’re headed, before you even set one heeled boot out the door (because you want to spend your vacation on the beach, not in front of the blue light of a computer at night in your hotel, frantically searching for restaurants)
-Head off armed with a list of “accidentally” vegetarian and vegan local foods, so that even if you end up in a little restaurant in a hut in the middle of the rainforest, you will have some ideas of what you can eat
-Pull together a list of phrases you can use in said rainforest hut, in case none of the dishes appear on the handwritten menu on the wall
-Meet new vegetarian and vegan friends around the world - because if you are traveling solo, it doesn’t mean you have to eat alone
-Decide where to stay - because the last thing you want to worry about when you arrive in a new city is where you’ll be sleeping that night - and whether it has an oven
-Pack your bag with eco friendly accessories that take up less room and won’t go over your liquid limit, so you can stop worrying about how to fit your shampoo in your bag and move on to wondering how many liquid eyeliners you can fit in.
Bottom line: I’ll help you plan a worry-free vacation so that you can spend more time exploring ancient cities and relaxing in ruin bars, and stop wondering whether tonight is the night you’ll finally find a decent place to eat vegetarian or vegan food. Because a vacation isn’t much of a vacation if you spend it in a panic.
Buy the book now and never stress on vacation again - unless it’s over which cocktail to order.
-What if I’m going somewhere really remote, like Mongolia?
The steps in this book are based on how to find vegetarian and vegan food anywhere in the world. Yes, even Mongolia!
-What if I’m going somewhere really vegan-friendly, like Berlin or New York?
Congratulations, because you won’t have any problem finding veggie food! You might however find yourself with too much choice, so you can still use the book to find where to stay (that’s near the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants), how to pack and more.
-What if I’m lazy, and hate planning?
There’s a section of the book just for you - you can skip ahead to the section on making the connection, and connect with local vegetarians and vegans, and then ask them for advice once you’re there.
-What if I hate traveling?
What? Why are you here?
-What if I’ve already traveled a couple of places as a vegan, and it was OK?
If you want to plan an even BETTER vegan vacation, I can help. There are a lot of techniques in this book that long-time vegans have told me they hadn’t thought of.
"Caitlin's travel guide is a must-have addition to any vegan's suitcase. Whether you're taking your first trip abroad as a vegan, or you're an old hand at plant-based travel, Caitlin has a wealth of tips and tricks to make your travel easier, tastier, and more fun - all written in her trademark engaging style." — Flicking the Vs (flickingthevs.blogspot.com)
"Caitlin’s book features amazing vegan travel and dining tips along with stories that I can relate to. I constantly feel as though what she is writing depicts my own personal journeys. Traveling and living abroad as a vegan can have its challenges but is a truly rewarding adventure!" — Vegan Miam (veganmiam.com)
"This guide will prove really useful for travelers, and I learned things along the way too about making my own maps and using sites like Doodle that I didn't know about. The guide is really thorough, and covers all of the small and large obstacles a vegan traveler might encounter." - Cadry Nelson (cadryskitchen.com)
"The guide told me lots of things I didn’t know despite 20+ years of travel as a vegan. The book was also an enjoyable read, with stories of Caitlin's personal travel experiences." - Alison Classe
Everything you need to know about vegan travel
In spite of what you may have heard, you can travel as a vegan - and not only that, but traveling as a vegan can be more satisfying than traveling as a non-vegan.
Section 1: How the Hell Do I Find Somewhere to Eat?
All the tools and tips you need to win at life - I mean at finding vegan food and drink listings on the internet, no matter where you are headed.
Section 2: Making Connections and Meeting New Friends
Other ways of finding vegan food and drink and also of making similarly-minded friends on the road.
Section 3: What to Do With Your List
What to do with the list of vegan places you've compiled - putting it together in a way that will make it easy for you to find the information you need. Also, how not to starve just because it's Sunday.
Section 4: Where to Stay, and How to Choose
How to find an area to stay in that's the most vegan-friendly, and how to choose from the many accommodation options - from hotels to housesitting to Couchsurfing and more.
Section 5: Preparing for Your Trip
Preparing for your trip and packing things to eat and toiletries that are vegan- and travel-friendly, plus how to find vegan food when traveling by air.
Section 6: What to Do When You Get There
What to do at your destination - from overcoming obstacles when traveling with non-vegans, ordering at a non-vegetarian restaurant, and choosing vegan activities. Plus, a troubleshooting section: or what to do all your other options run out.
Section 7: What to Cook
List of useful tools to pack for the kitchen, plus recipes that can be made with minimal or no kitchen tools (including recipes to be made with a hotel room coffeemaker).
After Your Trip
What to do after you return home.
The best apps, books, and websites to prepare for your trip.