Lonely Planet Writer

Vegan travel: how to use Instagram, where to go, and how hard is it?

Veganism is enjoying a period of immense popularity at the moment, with both the Vegan Society in the UK registering a huge increase in members, whilst the Vegetarian Resource Group in the USA has registered 2.5 million vegans in recent years.

Whilst it’s still a tiny minority, Google Trends shows that the rate at which people search terms related to the word veganism is growing exponentially and the free-from and certified vegan food business has become a booming industry.

The increasing popularity of veganism is of course going to affect travel. Diet is always one of the most difficult things to keep a handle on while on holiday, and in particular, in the case of veganism, sustaining a plant-based diet with no animal derived products can be a challenge because of language and culture barriers.

But, according to most vegan and plant-based diet blogs, travelling while vegan doesn’t have to be too bad. Some of the helpful suggestions include: learning the terms you need in the language of the country you’re visiting; packing snacks; booking accommodation with a kitchen or telling your hotel you’re vegan; using the Instagram hashtag #vegantravel. Two of our favourite globetrotting vegans are @ohhappyveggie and @diningwithdevyn

A photo posted by @vegantravellermimi on May 13, 2016 at 12:25am PDT

It’s also important to find out where veganism (and even vegetarianism) is understood and where it’s not understood.

Is it lunchtime yet? Come get your salad bowl and smoothie goodness before the rush @vanessavorbach

A photo posted by Zula Vegetarian Paradise Bali (@zulabali) on May 12, 2016 at 8:34pm PDT

According to a study carried out by Peta in 2013, Glasgow was the surprising entry for most vegan friendly food in the UK. Other countries that follow are the US, Germany, and Northern Spain. Among the most difficult places to be a vegan according are often France, Belgium, and Russia, where meat permeates the food. But of course, where it is by far easiest to be vegan is in Asia, where Hindu and Buddhist cultural heritage means millions of people find plant-based diets to be the norm.

The typical breakfast of a vegan in the Philippines! fresh fruit and ocean views for days ☀️ #vegan #diningwithdevyn

A photo posted by Devyn Howard | 23 (@diningwithdevyn) on Mar 22, 2016 at 4:22pm PDT

Whilst it’s challenging, the travel industry itself has started to catch up with the trend in vegan travellers by offering a wider range of options in their menus.

As the movement grows we’re appreciative that it at least offers us these mouthwatering Instagram posts.