“It’s not the fault of “being vegan” that makes it challenging to find nutrient-dense food on the road. The problem is that as individuals and as a society, we have not made eating well a priority – whether we are at home or travelling.
The truth is that eating vegan on the road is easy in most places and a little challenging in others. It’s just a matter of knowing what to look for and taking the time to prepare.
No matter how hard I try, when I travel, I accept that I’ll be eating less optimally than when I’m home, but I do try to follow some guidelines to make travelling as pleasant as possible.”
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, 30 Day Vegan Challenge
Any stop at a petrol station clearly shows how, as a society, we value convenience over eating well, especially on the road.
When travelling Colleen has three fundamental pieces of advice that make a lot of sense:
Do some research.
Ask for what you want – in advance, if possible.
She provides lots of tips and anecdotes for achieving all three.
According to the menu, not only are there dumplings, there are also sticky soy and ginger tofu skewers, as well as daily greens, noodles and salads – some of which would have to be vegan.
The Hare Krishnas have a vegetarian restaurant called Higher Taste with lots of vegan-friendly dishes and options . They are in the Old Bank Arcade. I have never been there because religions make me nervous, but I looked them up and am unlikely to be persuaded, no matter how sweet they are.
From what I can gather “pure vegetarian” (as they call it) only includes dairy as yoghurt and paneer cheese. Anyway, there are plenty of vegan options on the menu that all sound delicious.
This weekend, I’ll be in Wellington for a week. I usually try to get down there at least once a year to catch up with my brother, sister and nephew and because I just love it.
I’ve felt that way ever since I was a teenager and we lived in Haitaitai for a year. I went to Wellington East Girls College, where I discovered Rita Angus, Janet Frame and Feminists. Though when I say “went” I use the term somewhat loosely; many a math class got swapped for an afternoon exploring the steep winding roads of the city, or down at the harbour watching the water in earnest discussions about the meaning of life and how we planned to run the world.
This is the first time I will travel since I started going vegan.