Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Vegan Vacation Tips


I woke up this morning to the sound of birds singing and the smell of pine trees. Not a bad way to wake up at all if you ask me. We are in our next stop, and arrived safely in Port Orchard Washington yesterday afternoon. Port Orchard is a town of about 8000 people and is on the waterfront. When we move to another location I tend to worry about 2 things:

  1. Will I be able to find enough vegan stuff.
  2. Will I be able to work out?

We travel full time, and so these are things that tend to come up a lot. We have the traveling thing down, and the eating on the road thing down as well. And since summer is here I thought I’d share some of my traveling healthy tips!

Before you go research! Find out about the area you are going to, check to see if there is a farmers market and when it is. Find out about the health food stores nearby. If there isn’t much, find out what is on the way, and be sure to get a couple of insulated bags.

If you can, stay in a vacation home or condo. First of all, you’ll save a lot of money! You will also have access to a kitchen which will definitely help things while you are vacationing. Sometimes you can find great deals at hotels which are also timeshares (like in vegas). We use the following sites for vacation home rentals: AirBnb for vacation/condo rentals and then for hotels we always go to Tripadvisor first and then Kayak.

A few hints about vacation rentals:

  1. Ask what the kitchen is stocked with
  2. If you have internet needs be sure to ask if they have reliable internet (DSL/Cable Modem) . How else are you going to keep up with cleanseplan?!
  3. Look on google maps to check out the neighborhood. Also we use google street view to see the actual street and what is nearby.
  4. Do a location search for things like grocery stores and if you are like my husband, coffee shops
  5. If you have kids ask if the place is kid friendly.
  6. Ask for pictures if they are not listed.
  7. Always have a contract and make copies of everything.
  8. Take pictures of the home before you leave.

A few hints about hotels:

  1. Check TripAdvisor.
  2. Book hotels using a secondary e-mail address (get a free account at google or something) use the words “travel” or “reviews” or both in your e-mail. So something like smithtravelreviews @ email .com. Be sure to communicate with the hotel once using that e-mail. You can write to be sure you get a non smoking room.Write like you are someone important – but something happy. Like: To Whom It May Concern, We are looking forward to staying at your establishment for the week of (   ) I would like to be sure that our room is non smoking and that it also has a refrigerator. We look forward to seeing what the (hotel) has to offer the (location)! Regards…
  3. Get a place that at the very least has a mini fridge.
  4. If you can, find a place with a small kitchen. Again, timeshares that are renting rooms are usually a good bet.

How to eat healthy while staying at a hotel:(with just a mini fridge)

  • Get juice box sized soy/rice milk
  • Buy single serve packs of Vega smoothie mix (or your other favorite vegan protein mix)
  • Have fresh fruit on hand.
  • Big salad bags and vegan dressing.
  • Hummus!
  • Peanut butter/nut butter
  • Vegan nutrition bars (there are a lot of good raw ones as well)
  • Bread
  • A couple of cans of beans (with a lid that can be opened if you don’t have a can opener)
  • Cut up veggies, like cucumber, carrot, celery, broccoli.
  • If you have a whole foods or good healthy market near you, pick up things like egg-less egg salad and tofu salads.
  • Your favorite vegan cereal.

Be creative – yes you will be eating out, but if you can have some things on hand it will all go much easier! I have some easy vegan eating out tips here.

How to eat healthy at a vacation home:

If you have a well stocked kitchen – go shopping! Plan out a menu with your family or spouse or friends for the week. If you are staying with meat eaters, be sure that you buy your own food and plan on spending a little time pre-making your own food one of the first days you are there so that it’s on hand. Also, offer to cook, as much as you can! Make extra, make tasty vegan things like cupcakes!

Try to eat in as much as you can, it will save money and calories (not to mention other icky stuff). If you have kids, maybe do some fun themed things that you don’t normally do at home. Have breakfast for dinner, buy some balloons and party supplies to introduce a new meal to the family, have a picnic somewhere, eat in the living room (hey it’s not your house!).

In the car:

  • Pita chips (or other crunch vegan snack)
  • Nutrition bars
  • bananas
  • carrot sticks
  • Vegan nutrition bars
  • Nuts
  • Grapes
  • Water
  • Vegan cookies

How to work out while on vacation:

  • If you can , find a place with a work out room or pool.
  • Go on long beach walks
  • Go on hikes (hiking = walking)
  • You can do things like squats, crunches, leg lifts, jogging in place – anywhere.
  • Go for a swim in the pool.
  • Go play with the kids! Bring a soccer ball go to a park, play wiffle ball on the beach, throw a football around, play beach volleyball!
  • If you are in a vacation home, check with local gyms or YMCA’s to get daily or weekly gym pass.
  • Walk instead of drive.
  • Go on photo shoots! Bring your camera along to a scenic place, get a couple of disposable cameras for the kids and go on a photo shoot!

Don’t use your vacation as an excuse to give up on your health. Let’s get this straight, if you eat like crap for a week or a weekend, or you don’t move for a few days, it will take your body a lot of time to correct itself. It’s so much easier to re-start addictions than it is to stop them. While on vacation, choose to feel the BEST that you can! Why feel miserable and with out energy while you are on time off? Use the week to spoil yourself healthy, get things that you don’t get at home, get creative in the kitchen! Look at your vacation as a health spa vacation! Make some appointments for a massage, facial, or manicure. Don’t take a break from feeling good and being healthy. Your vacation will be so much better!

Vegan Travel Questions…

What are your healthy vacation ideas? What are the best places to visit that have a healthy friendly atmosphere? If you have kids, what have you done to stay sane on the road?

Happy travels!


  1. JJ

    My husband and I have been in the San Francisco area all week (well just outside of it really) and I”ve been enjoying trying out some REALLY great vegan spots. If you are in San Jose definitely check out “Good Karma Vegan Cafe” my husband really loved the tofu scramble and mashed potatos, and I really liked the curry! And then in Berekely I finally got to go to “Cafe Gratitude”! I am in love. I picked a few raw chocolates for a friend of mine who isn’t vegan, but I’m learning more and more that chocolate wins over things like tofu for the non vegan folks. And last night I was in Palo Alto and found a vegan cafe called “The Loving Hut” the recomended their Shepherds Pie and veggie salad. It was so good. I really recomend if you are vegan curious to find one of the good vegan spots in your area, or if you are going on summer vacation look up vegan spots, it definitely helps to have something prepared for you every so often, so you can get a little inspiration when it comes to what vegan foods taste like.

    You can also make some tasty vegan foods! If you’ve missed my previous recipes, I thought I’d include them in this post so you can catch up and start creating! And I’ll include some new recipes as well. It’s your lucky day!

  2. Amy

    Excellent!! Well thought out and very informative! I have found that staying in a private home or condo is SOO much easier and cheaper!!! AND you can have frozen melon balls – MY new addiction!!

I went on a plant based diet after diabetes almost took my life. Now, almost 2 years later not only have I reduced my type 2 diabetes symptoms, I have lost close to 200 pounds (and still losing). This is a place where I write about my journey as I continue the quest for health, and living a good life for today, and long into the future. Get hold of me on nat@cleanseplan.com

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