Deviant Eater

Musings on becoming vegan and the changing perspectives it brings.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The challenge of vacation and travel

My wife and I went to Cancun for a week recently, and while it was a wonderful trip, it was marred by difficulties in finding things we wanted to eat.

This trip was the first real vacation we've taken since I choose to pursue a vegan diet, and hence was the first time we were both exposed to the lack of choices away from home. I've travelled some with work over the past year, and it was generally difficult, but this was the first time traveling for pleasure, and we were both surprised at how significant an impact the lack of good choices was on our daily activity.

I know that we've cooked a lot more at home since this change, and when we eat out, we tend to go to a couple particular restaurants we know well and enjoy, but this trip really brought home the differences of this new diet on how we will travel in the future.

Instead of hotels, we will be seeking a place to stay that has a kitchen, and will be spending part of our prep time for the trip investigating grocery options. I realized that I really don't mind cooking, and the benefits of having that control so far outweigh the minor inconvenience of having to cook for ourselves while traveling, that the choice is pretty clear.


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