You’ve chosen to become a vegan for several reasons, but it might not be because it’s the most inexpensive option. In fact, finding healthy, environmentally conscious foods can sometimes end up costing you more than it would be to eat otherwise. You might run into the same problems when traveling—and there are ways you can end up saving money instead of finding yourself paying more than you want to.
Here are some ways you can save some money as a vegan traveler on your next trip.
Do a little research before you leave
Sticker shock can happen to anyone, but you can alleviate some of it by looking in advance to what the food prices are in another country. After knowing what you can get for lower prices at grocery stores and certain restaurants, it can be much easier to plan a trip and to get the most for your dollar. You might also want to consider looking to see if there are any restaurants in your area that cater to vegan lifestyles. You might be surprised to learn how many places have chosen to appeal to vegan travelers.
See what you can take with you
You might not be able to bring fruits and vegetables with you, but if you are planning on traveling by RV, bus, or train, you might get away with bringing some of the food you know you will want on the road. You might not be able to find some items in some of the areas that you are planning on visiting, so if you feel like you need some special snacks or meals, then it might be worth it to visit a grocery store before you head out.
Know how much you want to spend beforehand
Budgeting isn’t always fun, but it can greatly help you when you actually go to travel. Know how much you want to spend before you go and whether you will have a flexible budget or not. Food can also end up being more expensive than you might think, so plan to spend a little more in order to find vegan options that would work for your diet. You might also want to ask fellow travelers how much they tended to spend when they were in that location and what they would recommend that you budget for your travels.
Keep your receipts
One way to save money for the future is to keep track of how much you have spent on previous trips and where you might want to consider cutting back expenses. Keeping your receipts or looking over your bank statement when you travel is a good way to have an idea of where your money is going. When you plan your next journey, you can do a better job of allocating your budget and making sure that your money is going to the right foods and activities overall.
Traveling on a budget is never easy, but by taking a look at where you want to put your money, you can end up saving some for later on. Just like making a commitment to veganism, you’ll be glad you took the time to think about your health (financial or otherwise) and made the effort to find restaurants, stores, and locations that work for you.