7 Struggles of Being a Vegetarian Abroad

7 Struggles of Being a Vegetarian Abroad

I have been a vegetarian from about the age of 11, and this was mainly because I hated the texture and taste of meat. However, as I have got older, my views have changed and I strongly disagree with the way meat is produced for human consumption.

When travelling I find it incredibly difficult to find food I can actually eat, and this isn’t just due to me being a vegetarian, but as I am also an incredibly fussy eater. Carbs are the main staple in my diet, and when I am on holiday, I don’t actually want to have chips for every meal or massive plates of pasta, because I want to be able to experience local cuisine.

Depending on where you travel in the world, it can hard to find a great vegetarian dish whilst enjoying something traditional in the country you are visiting. Of course, in many touristy areas, the menus they have in restaurants to accommodate well to vegetarians, but they usually chuck a load of English dishes on there instead of letting us veggies get a true taste of the country.

1 – When you have to order the same meal over and over because all the other options have meat

Depending on where you are, there is not usually a lot of choices when it comes to vegetarian dishes. Additionally, I am an extremely fussy eater, so trying to find something which isn’t on the beige colour scale which I will actually enjoy.

However, don’t get me wrong, I love pasta, but it can get pretty repetitive.

2 – You can’t eat everywhere

When everyone wants to visit a steak house, and you know for a fact that their vegetarian options will be limited.

3 – Not wanting to travel abroad to certain places because you know there won’t be many foods you can eat there

Travelling can be difficult, especially when heading to places like China and Japan where meat is often served.

4 – Joking about eating meat

When someone says “you must miss bacon though?” erm…no!

5 – People getting the meaning of vegetarian confused

When you ask a waiter if something contains meat, only to find that once they have brought the dish out that it contains fish!

6 – Eating “healthy.”

Eating healthy is hard when you are at home, but even more so when you are aboard. As someone who doesn’t like the majority of vegetables, it can be hard to find something remotely healthy.

7 – Hating Mushrooms

Being a vegetarian and not liking mushrooms is a curse! You may find something which sounds nice, and then you look a little bit closer to find it contains mushrooms.

What are your struggles of being a vegetarian when on holiday? Let me know in the comments below:

17 thoughts on “7 Struggles of Being a Vegetarian Abroad”

  • This post speaks to me on so many levels. I HATE it when people are like ‘do you want a bite of my burger’ with this stupid grin on their face. Obviously I don’t want a bite of your burger you absolute specimen. I wouldn’t share a bar of chocolate with you, you melt.

  • I’m not a veggie, but having gotten sick from a meat dish in Italy when I was last on holiday I spent the rest of the week without meat and can relate to so many of these! Gave me a giggle xoxox

  • I’m not a vegetarian but a lot of my friends are so I feel like this would speak to them a lot! I have shared it with them as I think they will love it!

  • I can imagine how frustrating it must be for you! There is only so much pasta you can have, and yes you want to experience the local food like everyone else. You will have to have a look on trip advisor and read about the restaurants, you might be able to find some menus and plan ahead 😊

  • Hi! I am also a lifelong vegetarian who hates mushrooms! I am on holiday at the moment and found a lovely restaurant which has a wide veggie choice. I made sure to tell them how much I appreciate it!

  • I’m not vegetarian but my friend is and finds the same struggles as you do! I work in hospitality and there is a rise here in NZ to provide both vege and non vege options for most of our meals which is good to see! x

  • My brothers a vegetarian too and has the exact same struggle, sometimes abroad they’ve even tried tonoffer him meet! He’s not keen on mushrooms either and everything seems to have it as a substitute 😂😂 great post, very relatable! Will share with him xx

  • I try to find both veggie dishes and dairy / soy free food because im intolerant of both, it’s a real struggle! I often ask if something contains dairy and get served a soy alternative and im like noooo please dont.

  • Hi, I always struggle to eat out when I’m on my hols as I am dairy free, people always seem to get it confused with gluten free. Luckily I’m not a fussy eater and love mushrooms . Steak houses are often a safe bet for me the complete opposite for you of course.

  • Urgh I understand you soo much ! I travel a lot for work and for the past year I have been living in Peru. Whenever I say that I don’t eat meat I am always met with wide eyes and the enevitable .. but then what do you eat !? Where do you get your proteins ?? *eyes rolling* so yes, I feel you, travelling as a vegetarian is hard sometimes but it’s doable. Lots of love

  • Aww I can so relate to this! Not only am I veggie but I’m also dairy and gluten intolerant so eating out is a huge hassle for me! Some on your list really made me laugh! Sucks you done like mushrooms though, they’re my fav!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

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