Vegan Living and Vegan Travel Resources

How to go vegan - Top Resources for Vegan Travel and Living

How to Go Vegan

If you are new to the vegan lifestyle and would like to learn how to go vegan and the benefits of making the change, here are the top educational resources I recommend:

Films

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking environmental documentary that uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today.

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Forks over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.

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What the Health is the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. It uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases – and investigates why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want us to know about it.

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Earthlings is a documentary film about humankind's total dependence on animals for economic purposes. Presented in five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research), the film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix and features music by Moby.

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Books

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is a very thorough book examining animal agribusiness that reveals the ethical implications of factory farming.

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The World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle presents the outlines of a more empowering understanding of our world, based on the comprehending the far-reaching implications of our food choices.

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Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows by Melanie Joy offers an absorbing look at why and how humans can so wholeheartedly devote ourselves to certain animals and then allow others to suffer needlessly, especially those slaughtered for our consumption.

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The 30-Day Vegan Challenge by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau holds your hand every step of the way as you try out the vegan lifestyle for 30 days, giving you the tools, resources, and recipes you need to make the vegan transition.

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The Plant-Based Journey by Lani Muelrath offers a positive, non-judgmental approach and provides the support you need to make your transition into eating plant-based a fun and (ful)filling experience.

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Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz is my go-to recipe book. It includes recipes, tips, and strategies for easy, delicious vegan meals every day of the week, from America's bestselling vegan cookbook author.

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Podcasts

Food for Thought has been running for more than 10 years. This podcast by Colleen Patrick Goudreau covers all aspects of living healthfully and compassionately.

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Main Street Vegan is hosted by Victoria Moran, who interviews vegans from all walks of life who are doing exciting things to grow the vegan movement.

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The Bearded Vegans moves beyond the basic Vegan 101 and creates more nuanced discussions for the seasoned vegan.

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Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack is a podcast with in-depth, unapologetic discussions of vegan issues and other intersectional social justice issues by two modern day vegan warrior princesses, Callie and Nichole.

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The Brownble Podcast teaches you how to cook the foods you love, vegan style, gives you tons of inspiration for your daily meals, supports on your vegan journey, and helps you make peace with food and improve your relationship with it.

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YouTubers

ModVegan posts videos discussing animal rights, minimalism, sustainability, futurism and technology. The channel was born out of a desire to redesign vegan living for a new era and explore how veganism can move forward.

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Bite Size Vegan is veganism simplified. The host, Emily, delivers vegan education in the form of “vegan nugget” videos with loads of information distilled down to fast, power-packed bites.

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A Privileged Vegan is hosted by Marine, who makes videos about pro-intersectional justice, always making sure that humans and other animals are a part of that conversation.

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The Lost Lemurian is a channel by Karyn Jane, who makes videos about veganism, spirituality, travel, environmentalism, and a zero waste lifestyle. She aims to help the world become a kinder place, and her motto is, "Just be kind; it's not hard".

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Brownble also has a YouTube channel in addition to their podcast, blog and membership program. On the channel, you’ll find Vegan cooking and lifestyle tips, vegan recipes and all the support you need on your plant-based journey.

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Plant Based Bride is a channel hosted by Elizabeth Turnbull, a young Canadian woman who makes videos about veganism, minimalism, and vegan and cruelty-free beauty.

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Health Checkup

Wondering if a vegan diet would improve your health? HealthLabs.com offers a "Should I Be Vegan?" panel that tests for common animal-derived food allergies.

Or are you already vegan and want to know if you're eating a balanced diet? The HealthLabs.com "Vegan Nutritional Maintenance Panel" tests for possible nutritional deficiencies that vegans may encounter if their plant-based diet is off balance.

Mention that you heard about them from The Nomadic Vegan when you call, and you'll get 25% off whichever test you choose.

Vegan Products

Wondering where to find a particular vegan food, clothing item or nutritional supplement? The websites below are great resources that will help you find what you are looking for online.

How to Travel as a Vegan

BOOKS BY WENDY WERNETH

I wrote these books because, when I became vegan and started looking for information about vegan travel, I couldn't find any resources like this anywhere. My favorite childhood author once said, "If you don't see the book you want on the shelf, write it". So I did.

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Find out how to travel anywhere and get the most out of your travels as a vegan and enjoy some delicious vegan meals along the way. Download for free here.

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​Uncover the vegan treasures hiding in 11 of the most popular international cuisines and discover just how vegan-friendly these cuisines really are. Find out more here.

More Vegan Travel Resources

The Vegan Passport. This handy smartphone app includes a full explanation in 79 languages of what vegans do and do not eat. It's also available as a paperback phrasebook that can be ordered from the Vegan Society website.

HappyCow App. Search for vegan, vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurants in your destination with this very useful app (or on the HappyCow website). You can use the app to research your destination in advance using the "Trip" feature, or just see the options nearest you once you arrive. You can also contribute to the directory by adding new restaurants you discover or reviewing the ones already listed.

Vegan Xpress App lists all the vegan items available at many American chain restaurants and fast food outlets. If you’re traveling in the United States, it’s very helpful. In addition to the menu guide, there’s also a food guide that lists accidentally vegan candies, cookies and other snack foods available in grocery stores, convenience stores, gas stations, etc.

Green Earth Travel. This travel agency run by longtime vegan and seasoned world traveler Donna Zeigfinger focuses on vegan, vegetarian and eco-travel. The agency specializes in organizing individualized excursions, including volunteer vacation packages and adventure travel trips that leave a light footprint on the earth.

Veg Jaunts and Journeys organizes activity-packed, reasonably-priced vegan group tours to destinations in the United States and Europe. Some of the tours are timed to coincide with vegan festivals, such as Vegan Summerfest in Berlin. In 2018, I will be personally leading their tours to Italy and Portugal.

Vegan Travel Club offers vegan tours to destinations that include southern Italy, New York City, and Peru. The tours are accompanied by well-known vegan chefs, bloggers, and activists, such as Matt Frazier of No Meat Athlete and Julieanna Hever, aka the Plant-Based Dietitian.

VegVoyages organizes off-the-beaten-path vegan adventure tours in Asian destinations, including India, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, and Indonesia. Tour participants have the chance to taste unique regional and local home-cooked dishes that are not typically found on restaurant menus.

Vegan Food Tours offers culinary day tours in London, Barcelona and Amsterdam that focus on vegan versions of the authentic cuisine of each city. From rich and creamy Dutch pralines in Amsterdam to a full English breakfast in London to paella in Barcelona, this is the perfect way to show your friends and family that vegan food is much more than carrot sticks and lettuce. Get a 10% discount on any tour by using the promo code GOVEGAN2017.

The Essential Vegan Travel Guide by Caitlin Galer-Unti is a useful book that shows you how to research and locate vegan-friendly (or vegetarian, raw, or gluten-free) fare in any city. Beyond the food, the book offers hints for connecting with local vegans, choosing a place to stay, packing, and traveling (and keeping the peace) with non-vegan companions.

Vegan Trip Planner. Caitlin Galer-Unti, author of The Essential Vegan Travel Guide, also offers a vegan trip planning service where she creates a customized dining itinerary for your trip. Each itinerary contains vegan-friendly eating options that are near your accommodation and the major attractions, as well as activities and vegan events, all laid out on a handy downloadable map.

Epic Animal Quest is a social enterprise run by a world-traveling family that works with animal shelters and sanctuaries around the world to directly help the animals and raise awareness. If you want to know about vegan family travel, they have lots of info to share.

Viva Glam Magazine has a helpful vegan guide to dining out. The tips in the guide apply both when you're dining out in your own home town and when you're traveling.

Veggie Hotels lists vegetarian and vegan hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses in more than 60 countries worldwide. Check their special offers for deals on yoga retreats, vegan cooking courses, and other events.

Vegan Welcome is a side project run by Veggie Hotels that focuses specifically on vegan and vegan-friendly accommodation.

Vegan Travel is a non-profit community-run site where vegans can come together from around the world to share their passion for travel and adventure. Anyone can join the community and ask questions in the forums, review restaurants, and upload blog posts about their own vegan travels.

AirBnB is a community marketplace where people can list, discover and book unique accommodations around the world. There are many benefits to staying in an apartment or other local accommodation rather than a hotel when traveling. One is that you’ll have access to a kitchen, so if you’re tired of eating out at every meal, or just want to save money, you can cook for yourself. If you create an account with this link you will get a $40 credit towards your first stay.

VegVisits is basically a veggie version of AirBnB. The database is much smaller, but the advantage is that you can book accommodation with a vegetarian or vegan host who can offer local insight into the vegan scene, or even just rent out their kitchen for a few hours if you want to prepare your own food. And if you just can’t get going in the morning without a green smoothie, you can even narrow your search according to the kitchen appliances available and search for a place with a blender!

Kindred Spirits is a directory that connects vegans and vegetarians who are interested in house sitting or house swapping. House sitting can be a great way to save on accommodation costs while traveling. In many cases, house sitting duties also involve pet sitting, so this option is best for people who like to be around animals.

Todo Vegano. This bilingual (English and Spanish) website contains a directory of vegan and vegan-friendly places to eat throughout all of Latin America. It also lists events, such as vegan cooking classes.

Country-Specific Vegan Cooking and Travel Resources

  • china
  • Ethiopia
  • greece
  • turkey
  • india
  • italy
  • mexico
  • middle east
  • morocco
  • thailand
  • vietnam

The Viet Vegan - food blogrun by a Vietnamese Canadian vegan, who shares Vietnamese recipes as well as recipes for other types of food. She also has recipe tutorial videos on her YouTube channel.

Vegan Vietnam - a great source of information about where to find delicious vegan food in Vietnam, including destination guides to specific towns and cities, as well as more general cultural tips.

Vegan Food Quest - a vegan travel blog that focuses mostly on Southeast Asia and includes vegan destination guides for Ho Chi Minh City, Hội An, Côn Đảo and Nha Trang.

Karma Waters is a vegan restaurant with branches in Hoi An and Danang, and they also run one-day vegan tours that include a homestay on the Cham Islands and an organic vegetable village tour.

Lch Vit is a Vietnamese calendar app for Android that will help you keep track of the Buddhist fasting days in Vietnam.

6 Comments

  1. Wow! I can’t believe this! I’m speechless and humbled by what you say about little green kettle. I’m honored, but YOU have done all the work! Keep going! What a great idea for a blog! Again… THANK YOU!

    • Hi Kim! I definitely will keep going. Thanks for the inspiration! And by the way, you’re also the one who introduced me to the two podcasts I listed here. I listen to CPG every single day; her podcasts have helped me tremendously to crystallize my own thoughts and beliefs and articulate them to other people.

  2. Hi Wendy,

    thank you for sharing the links and also your experiences.

    Now I have got an even longer list of things to read, I can’t wait.

    Keep it up!

  3. There are helpful online classes out there too: https://veganschool.thinkific.com/courses/plantpowered
    Learn the basics of a whole food, plant based diet, what to eat, portion control, meal planning, how to cook without oil or eggs, and much more! Includes free meal plan and cookbook!

  4. becoming a vegan it’s a great shift for a healthy lifestyle … it takes some time to get along with but it worths it ….

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