How to Travel on a Plant-Based Diet


How do you make a plant-based diet work when you’re traveling?

Like so many other things, it depends.

For example: I’m about to set sail on the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise, where the menu is all vegan (even oil-free vegan, if you want!). Afterward, I get to hang out with the NMA Miami running group for a day and check out a few of their favorite vegan spots in the city.

In this case, eating plant-based on the road (or the sea) is simple: the trip is largely planned around this diet, so there’s nothing to think about.

Podcast co-host Doug, on the other hand, is running a 100K this weekend, five hours away from Asheville, NC where we live. While ultramarathon aid stations tend to be fairly vegan-friendly, it’s risky to bet on it. What’s more, Doug has to make sure he eats well during the meals before and after that race. Much trickier than my trip, but as you’ll glean from listening to this episode, Doug’s taking it in stride.

A host of other considerations make the “vegan travel” answer a complicated one: Driving or flying? Big city or middle of nowhere? Hotel with a fridge? Just one destination, or multi-city roadtrip?

In this latest episode of No Meat Athlete Radio, we dive into the question of how to travel with your PBD. It’s a fun episode, and if you’ve never taken the time to check out the show — which we’re putting much more effort and time into these days — now’s as good a time as any.  Enjoy!

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Breaking away from the three-meal-a-day mindset
  • How to make use of grocery stores while traveling
  • Tips for finding vegan-friendly restaurants in a new city
  • What food to pack when traveling to a race

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  1. Good information, I just wish it didn’t take 13 minutes to start talking about the topic.

  2. That sounds like one awesome, compact line up of speakers. Enjoy the cruise!

  3. I’m not a vegan, but I love your podcast — can’t wait to listen to this one on my next long run. Thanks, guys! 🙂

  4. I no longer receive your feed. The last one was jan 7

  5. As you guys said, planning ahead and getting out of the “3 meals” mindset will make your life so much easier when traveling. My biggest challenge is traveling for business where someone else–usually a client–is making the restaurant decisions. I’m not strictly plant-based but prefer to eat that way, so I can usually find something to eat when faced with a meat-laden menu and don’t end up being That Person who requests the sad plate o’ steamed veggies, but it can be awkward.

  6. Great post! It’s definitely hard to stay vegan when in an unfamiliar place, especially with the added stresses that travelling can bring, but you guys have some great tips on this. Thanks for sharing!

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