There’s something about the beginning of a new year that makes me want to put on my explorer’s hat (metaphorically speaking, of course – I am not much of a headgear gal). Despite the travel anxiety which makes planning and taking trips pretty difficult for me, I often find myself wanting to go away at least a few times during the year, whether it’s to laze on a beach, discover a new city, or visit family and friends abroad.
You might think that my vegan diet restricts my options when travelling abroad. While that can sometimes be true, depending on where you are going, I have found that a lot of my trips away have been that much more enjoyable since I stopped eating animal products altogether. Being vegan forces me to seek out specific places prior to taking a trip where I know I’ll be able to eat; having dozens of restaurants and cafes to check out in a new place is an exciting prospect of a holiday for me, and actually makes trips that much more exciting.
With all this in mind, I thought I’d share this year’s travel wishlist with you all. If you’ve been to any of these places and have any vegan-friendly recommendations, please let me know in the comments!
I’ve heard a lot about Berlin from friends who have visited, some of whom have loved it and others not so much. On the surface, Berlin strikes me as a cultural, historic and green city, and there’s no denying that it has some fabulous vegan vibes. I’m very keen to check out the fabled Veganz supermarkets, as well as stopping by Let it Be cafe for crepes, seeing as I’m incapable of making my own!
Sarah’s vlog from her recent trip to the Danish capital has me totally convinced that Copenhagen is the vegan paradise I dream of. While it had been on my list, it wasn’t much of a priority but I’ve bumped it up the list now. As we have friends living near Malmö as well as my partner’s family in Sweden, it’d be good to combine a trip there with a wee jaunt in Denmark. Souls looks like it has some delicious breakfast options, and I’d definitely want to stop by Astrid och Apornas – their range of vegan cheeses and faux meats are among my faves and their burgers look delectably messy.
Having lived in Spain as a child, I have a fondness for the country which sees me keen to revisit it. Last time I was in Barcelona, as a vegetarian, I found the food to be a little lacking, probably because I didn’t bother to do any research. From what I hear, Barcelona’s veggie scene is picking up pace, and there seem to be a lot of places to eat with enticing menus. CatBar in particular has caught my eye – it’s a cat themed burger bar, how can I resist?
I feel in love with Edinburgh when I visited last summer, having been completely won over by its charms. I hear Glasgow offers even more vegan-friendly eating options, and I am keen to investigate this claim myself at some point in the near future. Mono is one such establishment that has garnered my interest; not only does it boast an extensive menu of vegan goodness across several cuisines, it also seems to be a cultural hub of sorts, with events such as beer festivals and book readings taking place. It’s dog friendly too, and I can’t pass up an opportunity to pet a doggo.
I’ll likely not make it to all of these places this year – jamming too many trips away, even short, near-distance ones, into my diary unfortunately takes quite a big toll on my mental health, as I learned last year. It’s good to bandy around a few ideas, though, and make plans for the future.
Where are you off to this year?