Traveling the world as a vegan or vegetarian?
Or just a super healthy responsible environmentally-conscious eco-person? Great! Here are some easy, fun and free tools you can use on the go to help you find and order food and connect with others! These are my personal favorites that I use often so I've included iPhone screenshots to show you why.
If you're more culinary-inclined, there are lots of vegan recipe and cooking apps out there but I didn't include them because (gasp) I don't cook! There are also more vegan travel apps that are location or country-specific, but I chose these ones because they are all completely free and also usable worldwide. Which is usually where I am.
I'll be using my all-time favorite vegan city in the whole entire world, Portland, Oregon, as the example search result, because it is full of vegan goodness, magic, and unicorns. Vegan unicorns.
1. plant eaters
This is great app to find vegan food all around the world. Simply search your location and voila. Also comes with meal recommendations and customer reviews for more info.
A great app to find vegan, vegetarian, veg-friendly and even raw restaurants worldwide. Has an easy search function to choose. The app is read only but you can contribute through the desktop version.
Not a vegan-only app, but this one has great recommendations. You can select from hundreds of keywords and input your tastes and then the app will give you personalized recommendations. I have over 400 tastes in mine, things like vegan brunch, vegan pizza, vegan burgers, soy lattes and soy chicken.
4. trip advisor
Again, not a vegan app, but still useful to find veg*n friendly food all around the world. Just have to use your vegan sleuthing powers a bit to find good ones. Huge database and probably the most user ratings and reviews, too. Check it out and come join me.
The perfect app for translating your vegan dietary requests into most any other language. Translates most common phrases so you can order and communicate your preferences easily. Check out the Spanish example - "Yo soy Vegana!" Get it here.
6. google translate
Translate anything. It has 3 awesome features: text language translation, written language translation, and photo translation. This is great for help translating less common words, or local animal or meat names. And so helpful for translating menus and signs! Just hold it over the picture and it will constantly try to read and interpret. Check my Spanish to English Cholula example: 'Stinging sauce'! Spot on, Google! Get it here.
7. more than salad
A newer, quite perfectly named, crowdsourced web app that allows you to enter a location, description and photo of a meal, along with instructions on how to order that meal vegan! Looks like vegan food is popping up all over the world on here. I think this is brilliant and I'm excited to see this one.
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8. more than salad
This is an awesome app that shows you delicious and interesting vegan meals around the world, and the best part - more than salad! Yay!
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A great way to stay in touch, share info, get inspiration and more. Find groups and communities full of like-minded people where you can start discussions and ask questions. Visit my page for travel and vegan goodies.
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*Now head over to the newer list Top Vegan Apps for Easy Plant-Based Travel and Lifestyle.