Travel often means letting go of all those healthy eating habits that take months to develop at home. That’s especially true if you’re attempting to maintain vegetarian, vegan or raw diets on the road. However, more and more savvy travelers are finding wholesome, fresh and raw ingredients in surprising locations around the world.
Do some homework — Do a search online for restaurants that have raw and vegan options at your destination. Most large cities boast a wide range of healthy cuisine. There are apps and websites, such as HappyCow.net, that compile restaurants for vegan and raw diets in cities of every size. Also, consider traveling to destinations that highlight healthful foods as a part of the culture.
Make contact — Call your airline and bed and breakfast hosts well before you travel. You can request meals that fit within your diet restrictions, instead of starving in-flight or missing out on the gourmet opportunities at your host’s abode.
Pack a punch —Bring along plenty of super foods like nuts, seaweed, fruit and honey. You’ll always have a back-up plan if you find yourself in a location with few accommodations. If you’re driving, bring along a cooler and pack it full of healthful snacking options, like raw wraps, veggie salads and smoothies.
Make friends with locals — Savvy locals can tell you about hidden dining gems and farmers markets where you can stock up on fresh, local produce as you pass through town. Think of it like a raw scavenger hunt. This technique works perfectly on extended road trips. It also works surprisingly well throughout Europe and Latin America where local produce is an essential part of the culture.
See, that wasn’t as hard as you thought, right?
Not being able to bring a pet along for a trip can be a dealbreaker from some dog lovers when making plans. Luckily, the folks at Pup Flask created an easy-to-use portable dog bowl that will travel anywhere you and your pup go so hydration is never a problem.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Lantern festivals are sweeping the nation. Lanterns originated in China, but made their way across the world. Lantern lights are mesmerizing when they light up the night sky. I always think of the scene in the Disney movie Tangled, where the whole town sends lanterns up to the sky in honor of the missing princess and the entire sky is covered with lanterns. Travel around the world to see the best lantern festivals.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Spend the holidays at National Harbor, a growing destination conveniently located just south of Washington, D.C. National Harbor offers something for everyone this season, whether you’re traveling with the family in tow, seeking a romantic pre-holiday getaway or want to host a friends’ weekend for the season.