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Is it possible to be a digital nomad vegan?

 

by @gregbrand | 5yr  | 20 comments

Iโ€™m preparing for my first attempt at being a proper digital nomad. One of the many issues I have is will I be able to find good vegan options on the road?

I mean, Iโ€™m not picky or anything. Itโ€™s just hard sometimes to really get everything vegan, as some waiters are just a bit ignorant and will easily say โ€œno milk, no eggsโ€ but then come back with bunch of parmesan on your egg-y pasta :smile:

Any suggestions and experiences?

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@mikew | 4yr

Not sure why there are a few non-vegans saying itโ€™s very hard? Iโ€™ve been doing it for a year on the road and itโ€™s very EASY (especially in Asia, where thereโ€™s tons of great vegan food readily available from convenience stores).

Not only is it easy, itโ€™s usually the cheapest way to eat. My friend who I was traveling with for several months usually ate vegan with me just because the food was healthier, you got more of it, and it was way cheaper.

HappyCow makes finding vegan places so incredibly simple. One of the best parts of travel for me is taking a look at HappyCow and visiting all the new interesting veg places when I arrive at a new destination.

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@conni | 4yr

Also, I just found this blogpost:

This blogger just published a little ebook on vegan travel in cooperation with Happy Cow, which you can sign up for on her website.

Happy travelling!

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@conni | 4yr

I have been digital nomading as a vegan for more than a year now and three years before as a vegetarian. Itโ€™s really not rocket science :wink: Use HappyCow.com and do some research before you go. Write down local lingo for vegan food or get the vegan passport: https://www.vegansociety.com/shop/books/vegan-passport

I tend to choose places that cater well for vegans. Bali, Thailand, bigger cities or smaller hippie places (Encinitas/CA, Santa Teresa/Costa Rica, Tulum and Mazunte/Mexicoโ€ฆ)

And in the end: just get an AirBnB, go to fruit/veggie markets and make your own food.

Itโ€™s actually way more fun traveling as a vegan - it adds a bit of a challenge and itโ€™s awesome exploring a place by finding vegan food. I love it and have never starved to death :wink:

Have fun!!

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@nickdanforth | 4yr

Been traveling for 4 years. Vegan for about 14 months and Iโ€™ve had no issues on the road. Requires a bit of creativity and flexibility, but itโ€™s really not bad. Learning some key words/phrases in the local language really helps (no milk, no eggs, no fish sauce, etc.).

Vegetarian is super easy!

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@levelsio | 4yr

@gregbrand just added this for you:

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@gregbrand | 4yr

@levelsio, you are amazing :slight_smile: thanks for keeping that in mind!

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@levelsio | 4yr

@gregbrand

Also as a filter! https://nomadlist.com/#tags=vegan

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@patrick_stiles | 5yr

Depends on where you go. I dated a vegan in Buenos Aires. She had very limited options for eating out. In fact, I met her at the vegan restaurant. :wink:

In Spain there are some decent vegan options.

But yeah - much easier to be a vegetarian. Iโ€™ve been with with several and there was never any trouble with eating out.

Medellin had a surprising amount of vegetarian options. I was impressed.

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@lachicnomad | 5yr

Sorry for my delayed response, but for what itโ€™s worthโ€ฆ My boyfriend is a vegan in the strictest form. I mean he doesnโ€™t even wear any leather products or use anything but coconut or avocado oil and doesnโ€™t cook in the same pan as I do (Iโ€™m not vegan). He hasnโ€™t had any difficulty in Taiwan, Japan, Canada, India, Spain, UK, Cape Town. Iโ€™m also convinced he would have no issue finding food in Mauritius. Hope that helps and that youโ€™ve been able to eat :slight_smile:

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Itโ€™s hard enough being a vegetarian in Europe, let alone vegan in less-developed countries! Vegan retreats?! Is there something you CANโ€™T find in Thailand?!

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@iamsukizoe | 5yr

I havenโ€™t found it so hard, but then Iโ€™m not expecting nutritious dishes for every meal. Each country usually has at least one dish thatโ€™s vegan. Otherwise travel with snacks, and cook for yourself wherever possible.

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@gregbrand | 5yr

Ha, itโ€™s funny :slight_smile: I was just talking to my sister. She is also a vegan. And while I was explaining to her that I am a bit worried how Iโ€™m going to eat out and if I would find any options in Chiang Mai โ€ฆ she starts laughing at me โ€ฆ

She says itโ€™s the biggest โ€œvegan retreatsโ€ area for the westerns. There is lots of 1-month vegan retreats and she tells me lots and lots vegan restaurants as a consequence of this โ€œvegan tourismโ€.

Iโ€™m starting in Madeira island though. But this tells me I wonโ€™t have trouble finding delicious and healthy vegan food :wink:

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@kroger | 5yr

It depends where you go; big cities are always going to be easier. I was vegan for a few years (now Iโ€™m vegetarian) and managed to eat well even in meat-heavy places like Argentina. I recommend you use happycow to find places to eat. For instance, it shows Bangkok has 18 vegan restaurants (and 80+ vegetarian) and many of them are inexpensive. Also, in Thailand you can ask/look for jay food. You may find this video by Mark Wiens useful (check also his guide). As you mentioned itโ€™s โ€œeasyโ€ being vegan in Thailand; lotโ€™s of fruits and vegetables and vegetarian restaurants.

When I was in Bangkok, I used to eat a lot at the food court of the Terminal 21 mall. Delicious vegetaria/vegan food for $1.5!

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@borowis | 4yr

man, being vegan in Argentina is super hard :smiley: ! Respect.

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@gregbrand | 5yr

Well, I will stay optimistic and see this an opportunity to go from โ€œsubstitutes seeking veganโ€ phase into more raw vegan phase.

That is probably more doable in Thailand, I would assume. Lots of fruits and vegetables. Very simple and even more healthy. :smile:

Itโ€™s probably easy to find good quality and still pretty cheap vegetables/fruits markets? I am thinking of starting off in Chiang Mai.

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@jessehanley | 5yr

Over time, you begin to learn where the little pockets of healthy/vegan food are - itโ€™s just difficult when you first arrive.

Now that I think of it FourSquare.com has made my life super easy for finding places. Give that a download (worked great for me in USA/EU/SEA). Iโ€™ve managed to find some of the most amazing restaurants on my journey with that app.

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@eddie | 5yr

Probably not going to happen as Pieter mentioned before. Also, I wouldnโ€™t be so quick to call waiters โ€œignorant.โ€ Iโ€™ve worked in food before and you canโ€™t really expect someone making minimum wage to be a food expert and memorize the ingredients of everything on the menu. Also, a lot of people donโ€™t know what vegan is, so donโ€™t expect everyone to just know exactly what you mean, especially when you might be dealing with a language barrier.

The best answer I can give you if you really want to eat vegan would be to buy your own food on the road and cook for yourself. That way you can read all the ingredients on the packaging and truly know if itโ€™s vegan or not.

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@levelsio | 5yr

Yes, that works I think. Although youโ€™re going probably be cooking Western dishes with Western (vegan) ingredients and again thatโ€™s going to be more expensive than staying at home.

If cost is not an issue for you then obviously this doesnโ€™t matter.

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@levelsio | 5yr

Forgot to mention that thereโ€™s one exception here, Bali is one of the few places thatโ€™s great with vegan food. But itโ€™s not VERY cheap.

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@levelsio | 5yr

Itโ€™s very hard. Veganism is a mostly first-world developed country luxury, most of the rest of the world is still struggling to get ANY food on the table. So they donโ€™t have the luxury to be picky.

Youโ€™re fine being vegetarian, as most of the world has vegetable dishes, but youโ€™re going to run into a lot of trouble trying to be vegan and travel e.g. Asia or South America. Most local places are simply not vegan.

Any place that is vegan will probably be tailored to (relatively) wealthy people in those places, and thus you wonโ€™t be able to save money on food at all. Itโ€™ll probably be more expensive than in EU/US.

In addition, if you wonโ€™t be able to speak the local language itโ€™ll be even harder to ask them about ingredients or make specific requests. Thailand is a good example here, youโ€™re fine with English for ordering what they sell, but their English doesnโ€™t go much further than that usually.

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by @berberos | 2mo 1 month ago | 4 comments

Hi guys ! hope you are doing well.

I would love to get your feedback regarding the best insurance for digital nomads. i'm traveling around Asia since 1 year and for next 4 or 5 years. Would love to buy an insurance to cover especially :

- health

- laptop, phone ...

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Any nomads working on startups?

 

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by @larsheather | 6mo 5 months ago | 5 comments

Anyone know of any groups or resources for Ph.D. students working on dissertation while living as a digital nomad? I know there are several virtual writing groups around, but wondered if there were any specifically for digital nomads, particularly those who are dissertating.

Thanks!

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by @al_steffen | 6mo 5 months ago | 59 comments

Hey Nomads!

Iโ€™m looking for an international health insurance (no travel insurance) for my nomadic life. It should cover the basic services and at least be accepted in the EU (itโ€™s ok if itโ€™s not accepted in the US as Iโ€™m aware they rarely are). Nice to have: enter into a contract online. Anyone got a good experience or a recommendation?

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I have finally saved enough money to start investing. What company gives good, diversified access to stock, ETFs and mutual funds? Does it make sense to use company like Vanguard or Fidelity for that? Iโ€™m a EU/Poland citizen, how would I transfer my money back and forth without incurring significant fees?

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by @programmingmark | 7mo 7 months ago | 2 comments

Hello digital nomad!

I dream of being an independent digital nomad. But it feels very elusive & unattainable with my success rate. In full disclosure, whilst I have dreamed about making money online since high school; I have not earned a single cent making money online. $0, nada, zilch!! On the contrary, I have spent a lot of time & money on books, podcasts. Even though I have spent a lot of time reading/listening to others, I do not have anything to show for it!

I have made attempts in the past to start an online business, but these fizzle out quite quickly when I do not see traction especially when the goal I have set myself is too high.

Instead of reaching for the ultimate nomadic lifestyle goal, I want to start much smaller. Really small! I am simply looking to make $50 profit per month from a new online business. Thatโ€™s it.

I need some advice from you please!

  • Is $50 profit too low? How long did it take you to earn $50 profit per month?

  • What is a good way of achieving this goal?

Thanks
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aka the $0 online business entrepreneur

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How do digital nomads pay tax?


by @rodriigovieira | 8mo 7 months ago | 19 comments

Hello everyone! Iโ€™m new here and probably this is a very newbie question, but it doesnโ€™t leave my head.

How do you, nomads, pay your taxes? I mean, if youโ€™re constantly traveling, how are you going to pay taxes for a certain country if you are going to stay there a short period of time?
Or do you return to your โ€œoriginal countryโ€ and then pay them?

By the way, this forum has very nice cool formatting features! :smile:

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in Portugal by @jasraj | 8mo 7 months ago | 6 comments

Hey everyone,

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by @krzemian | 8mo 8 months ago | 3 comments

Hey, is there currently a way to save filter settings? I feel like it would be helpful for planning the trip as I have several ideas on what to target and would like to cycle between them

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by @noam_lightstone | 9mo 8 months ago | 16 comments

Hey guys, this was my first year as a Canadian nomad.

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Hi!

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I just landed as a n00b digital nomad in Mexico City, and I am wonderingโ€ฆ Where are all the international digital nomads hiding around here? I have been to several coworking spaces (Selina etc.) only to find A LOT of local Mexican workers and businesses. Donโ€™t get me wrong, that is all fine, but I was hoping to meet some international nomads! Any advice?

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by @levelsio | 10mo 10 months ago | 61 comments

Thereโ€™s been a lot of discussion on this recently.

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I donโ€™t want do physical stuff, so Iโ€™m thinking of building a platform around making housing better for nomads.

What are the housing problems nomads face? And how can we solve them with products/services?

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by @brmolin | 11mo 11 months ago | 4 comments

I vaguely remember hearing about such a service before, but Iโ€™m drawing a blank on the name. Basically I left my tablet on a connecting flight in Europe, right before my main flight to Thailand. They have my tablet and are willing to ship it out for me, but people have warned me thereโ€™s a big risk of it getting โ€œlost in the mailโ€ if I ship something expensive like that to Thailand.

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Are there any nomads from India?

 

in India by @ankitdas123 | 12mo 11 months ago | 56 comments

I have seen a lot of posts from different people across the world, but not even a single post from someone in India, who has been a nomad, either living within the country or traveling to another one.

Would definitely love to hear stories from such people. We are a couple traveling as social nomads who are trying to bridge the gap between the rural and urban societies in India. We have started out very humble and do not have much resources, so looking out for help from the community.

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Around Love and Life

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by @gaelm | 12mo 11 months ago | 15 comments

Hi all, I was looking for a cool spot in Southern Europe for winter and Iโ€™m considering Sicilyโ€ฆ Have you ever been there? If yes, how was your experience? If not, why?
thanks!

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