HappyCow, happy travel

When reading my blogs, you might have noticed that I always pay a great deal of attention to vegan and vegetarian meals. This is partly because I don’t eat meat myself, but mainly because of the effects of the meat industry on the environment and therefore inevitable when blogging about eco-friendly travels. In this blog I tell you how to make vegan and vegetarian choices while travelling. 

My choice to quit eating meat

About my choice: I quit eating meat about two years ago due to health problems. After yet another food poisoning following the consumption of meat, I decided to not eat it for a while to test the effect. During this (successful) experiment, the controversial Cowspiracy documentary was released and while watching it, it became very clear to me that I did not want to return to eating meat and even pursue a more vegan diet.

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cowspiracy.com

For those who haven’t seen it (yet): this eye-opening documentary shows the many negative effects of the meat industry and animal agriculture on the environment, including rainforest destruction, species extinction and mass coral bleaching to name a few. If you love to travel, those are certainly effects to keep in mind when making your lifestyle choices.

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Mass bleaching event Great Barrier Reef, March 2017, The Guardian

About the meatless movement

So is it hard to eat meatless? I have to admit, it sure costs me some struggles every now and than in meat-loving Asia. But the great news is: veganism is getting mainstream! In Great Britain alone, the number of vegans has risen by more than 360% over the past decade. The United Nations urges a global move towards to a meatless diet. And when the former president of MacDonalds joined a Vegan meat startup, it became a fact: veganism is here to stay! And the demand is pushing restaurants and shops to change their menu’s and assortiment, even in Asia.

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Travelling while vegan or vegetarian

Sounds amazing, but what about your travels? Let’s be honest, what is your trip without food? It might be the most important contributor in experiencing a new country and enjoying another culture. Luckily, many people feel that way and amongst them were the founders of HappyCow: a free online vegetarian restaurant guide, sorted by country and region, providing vegetarian and vegan restaurant dining and health food store locations.

Apart from all the environmental arguments: eating vegan/vegetarian is just very delicious and I can tell from experience: this app brings you to awesome hidden places that you’d never have discovered without it, not only abroad but also in your hometown. Even if you are a meat lover, it is definitely worth a try!

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