There are certainly some places in the world where you as a vegan would struggle to find something to eat. But in this increasingly globalised world we live in, more and more places are recognising and accommodating for different dietary needs. With a spot of research before embarking on your trip, this shouldn’t present itself as a reason for not travelling. Have a look at happycow.net. It appears it’s a really good and up to date source that you can use to find vegan restaurants before you set off. I’m sure there are other websites that do a similar job.
Will you miss out and not experience as much? Certainly if my diet was restricted and I couldn’t eat anything I wanted, I’d be gutted and this would impact upon my enjoyment. But that’s me and my opinion. Only you can answer this question. Do you feel as a vegan that you miss out on things in your day to day life? If not, then I think you’ll be alright. While for me, food forms a major part of my travel experiences, we’re all different and we all take enjoyment from different things. Think about what you want from travelling, what you want to see and experience. Do those things and I’m sure your travel experiences will be unforgettable.
All the vegan stuff aside, if you’ve wanted to travel your whole life, why haven’t you? There’s no time like the present. What are you waiting for?
In the first part of this series looking at solo female travel, I spoke to blogger and traveller Lauren Meshkin about her solo travel experiences and whether she had any advice for potential, but concerned female travellers. Turns out there are many of you out there who want to see the world but won’t because you have no one to go with and you’re concerned about your safety. Fair enough, I suppose. You can go anywhere in the world and face a multitude of different health and safety hurdles. No where on earth can boast a crime and danger free society. But is fear alone a good enough reason for not experiencing new things, new food, new places and new people? Couldn’t you just eliminate that fear through forward planning and research?
In this second part of the series, I continue what I started in part one. My aim is to encourage you girls to book that ticket to that place you really want to go to regardless of whether you have a travel companion. To avoid giving my own advice (because what nervous woman needs a man telling them they’ll be fine), I’ve been in touch with another Lauren, this time Lauren Farmer (laurenfarmer.com), a talented blogger, photographer and social media consultant living in New York City. I asked her what she would say if faced with a nervous potential solo traveller.
The greatest advice I’d give to someone debating whether or not they would enjoy traveling alone is to simply, BUY THE TICKET. I will be the first to admit that it is a truly fulfilling experience to travel with friends and family, to strengthen your bonds back home through a moment, a challenge or a story you share while away. However, in my life, the adventures I have experienced on my own or with a fellow solo traveler I’ve met along the way have been just as meaningful and memorable as those I had a partner for.