If there’s one thing that’s becoming increasingly apparent when it comes to the way in which we consume our food, it’s that more and more of us are choosing to adopt a meat-free, dairy-free, and plant-based diet. Vegetarianism and, especially, veganism are becoming far more popular in our society, which means that the options are becoming more accessible, both in our restaurants and in our high street supermarkets.
But what about when we go on holiday? How is the rest of the world adapting to meet the demands of those living a predominantly plant-based lifestyle? Well, some places do it a lot better than others. So, when you’re planning your next holiday, take into account our pick of the best destinations for vegan travelers.
You might be surprised to hear that India actually has the largest population of vegetarians on the planet, so it’s a great place for vegans to be heading for meat and dairy-free getaway. Tuck into a delicious lentil dhal or a masala dosa or ask to replace meat or paneer with tofu instead. You can also ask for your food to be cooked in vegetable oil as opposed to ghee (a type of butter).
Canada is way ahead of most when it comes to catering for its ever-increasing population of vegans; leaving its American neighbors far behind in a cloud of dust. Big cities, in particular, Vancouver, have a great range of vegan and vegan-friendly eateries. Plus, animal rights are a huge affair in Canada, supported by the likes of actors Ryan Gosling and Pamela Anderson.
Most food on a Thai menu consists of some form of meat, fish or dairy, however, it’s easy to go without. The food here is cooked so fresh to order that you can simply ask for a vegan alternative and they’ll happily cater for you. After all, Thailand has a large Buddhist population, many of whom are vegan. If you tell a restaurant that you are ‘jay’, they’ll know that this means you don’t want any animal products in your meal.
Israel, in particular, Tel Aviv, proudly dubs itself the ‘vegan capital of the world’. In 2017, 5.2% of the population had ditched animal products entirely; a figure which had more than doubled in just seven years. Tel Aviv might not be a very big city, but it boasts more than 400 vegan-friendly restaurants, where veganism isn’t about replicating meat, but more about prepping the tastiest and freshest dishes on the menu. A front-runner in the pursuit of a cruelty-free world, Israel was the first country to offer vegan Domino’s and the first country outside of the USA to sell non-dairy Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.
If you’re planning a summer holiday to Greece, then don’t worry about being able to find some mouth-watering vegan cuisine to indulge in. Yes, many Greek dishes feature grilled meat and seafood, but let’s not forget all the delicious vegan staples of the Mediterranean diet. You’ve got fresh salads, local olives, tasty oils, and roasted vegetables, to name but a few. Many dishes you can just ask the restaurant to hold the cheese, but if you ever struggle to find a vegan main meal, select a few different mezze plates in order to build up your own main.