Summer road trips

Gas prices are high, but I hope that won’t stop you from a little travel this Summer. My last road trip was to visit my parents in Indiana, which is definitely NOT the most vegan-friendly place on the planet. Despite that, I still find plenty of vegan food to sustain me when I visit.

What always surprises me the most about being vegan is that the people who I think are going to be the least likely to support my vegan lifestyle tend to be the ones who are the most considerate and interested in my good health.

My dad and step-mom are always very accommodating and want to make sure I get enough good food. Why this is surprising to me is that my dad is a hunter, and for whatever reason, I believe in my heart he “gets” why I am vegan, and my step-mom was so excited about finding a “vegan burger” on the menu at Cheeseburgers in Paradise, of all places, that she couldn’t wait to take me there for dinner.

Nonetheless be prepared when traveling. Know your options in advance and be flexible. Are you driving? Taco Bell and Subway are good options for road trips. For instance, I know when I visit my parents, who live in different cities, that there aren’t any vegetarian restaurants, so I have researched online veg-friendly restaurants in both areas. Also, I always bring food with me and stop by the grocery at the first chance when I visit my family. 

In my opinion, it’s just best not to make a big deal out of it, but I refuse to suffer. I always make sure vegan food is available whenever I travel, but know I will certainly encounter delightful surprises along the way. Being vegan is good Karma. You never know where a delicious piece of vegan chocolate cake will pop up.

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