Hey Y’all! 🙂
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all of you, wherever and whatever you are celebrating today!
We have our very first Christmas away from home and our families this year, this is exciting! I would say it’s both a bit sad not to see our loved ones today but also a very nice experience to celebrate Christmas together with good friends 🙂 We’ll have a delicious all vegan Christmas dinner (what irony it is that so many people celebrate love on this day but eat something that had to be killed for them) and just a cozy evening with singing Christmas songs, sitting together and giving some presents.
Today we would like to share some of our most loved travel hacks and some ideas for food that you can take on a trip, whether it’s a roadtrip or a flight or whatever. Let’s start!
Tips for flying
Bring your empty waterbottle
We feel that wherever we went, the amount of water or other drinkable liquids you get for free on a flight are never enough to stay properly hydrated, maybe you can relate to this. Wherever you fly and however long your flight may be, it’s always allowed to bring an empty reusable waterbottle through the security check. Just bring your own plastic or aluminium bottle with your handluggage and don’t forget to fill it up at a tap somewhere after you went through the security check. Stay hydrated friends 🙂
Snacks will save you
We personally made the experience that sadly no airline we’ve been flying with ever offered vegan snacks. Usually for shorter flights you can buy some small snacks or you have them included in your ticket, but these will mostly be sandwiches with cheese, ham or even fish on it or some crackers or chips which are often not vegan. The only other thing we could think of that would be vegan and is sold on airplanes occasionally are peanuts. However the last times we flew they didn’t have any.
We like to bring our own snacks just to make sure we won’t be hungry. These can be self-made sandwiches, fruit, crackers, dried fruits, veggie sticks, nuts, cereal bars or candy 🙂 Just remember, that you’re not allowed to bring something liquid!
Tips for money handling
Its always great to be able to get money in a foreign country out of an ATM because normally you need to pay extra charges if you change your money in your home country before your trip. I recommend a credit card of the bank “N26”. Its a bank where you can do every transaction online or on your app. For example you can disable your credit card instantly with your app if you lose it. You can go 5 times per month to ATMs everywhere on the world and withdraw money. You have no costs at all. If you want more information about the bank please write us so we can send you a „recommendation link“.
Often when you withdraw money from an ATM you’ll be asked to choose either the currency of the country you’re in, or the currency of you homecountry. Our tip is to always choose the currency of the country you’re in, then you have a better changing rate!
Make sure you have enough music downloaded to not get bored while travelling. Another fun idea is to download podcasts or audio books, you can find many on Spotify or even on Youtube.
The same counts for ebooks or hardcovers, if you like to read while travelling.
When traveling together, we love to bring our headphone splitter adapter with us. This saves battery on one device and you can share the music/podcasts/audio books you listen to. You can find them in electrical supply stores or on many online shops, here you can see an example: https://www.amazon.de/Avantree-Kopfh%C3%B6rer-Splitter-Kompatibel-Smartphones-Black/dp/B00FS6YU6G/ref=sr_1_25_sspa?s=ce-de&ie=UTF8&qid=1514056322&sr=1-25-spons&keywords=headphone+splitter&psc=1
If you’re going to stay in a hostel while travelling, it is always good to bring a small lock. Often the lockers of the hostels already have a lock, but we also experienced that we had to pay an extra fee for borrowing a lock, or they didn’t have any.
If you drink tea, bring your own tea bags with you! You can get hot water for free almost everywhere, just ask at your reception, at a snack bar or wherever. This way you can save money, don’t have to carry a whole package of teabags when you buy them while travelling and you can have a bigger variety of teas 🙂 I can imagine this would also be possible with instant coffee!
Food for roadtrips, trips on a boat, train, bus, etc.
As you’ve seen we’ve been travelling quite a bit through Scandinavia in the last months. We’ve been on ferry’s , smaller boats, nightbusses, trains and we’ve rented a car and we’ve ALWAYS brought our own food to start with. As a vegan it’s always good to have some food with you for the first day you go to a foreign country, because it might be more difficult to find plantbased food if you don’t know where to look for it. In general we would like to say though, that we usually don’t have any difficulties finding vegan food anywhere, since you can always stick to the naturally vegan basics (bread, hummus, veggies & fruit, pasta, rice, beans, legumes etc.).
We would like to share with you what we usually take on our roadtrips today, just to give an example 🙂
Since we know we eat unhealthier while travelling compared to when we eat at home, we try to make healthy food to bring with us. When we went to Copenhagen for example, we cooked a big batch of rice and a simple curry. We just threw together all the veggies we had left in our fridge, such as brussel sprouts, eggplant, carrots, chickpeas and onions and added spices and coconut milk. In the end we topped it with some raw bell pepper and peanuts for extra crunch.
This is both satisfying and healthy (with brown rice it would be even healthier) and also helped us make use of the leftover veggies we had to use up before going on a trip 🙂 Of course you could also bring other meals but we prefer rice and often eat it cold anyways. I just thought of other possible food you could bring and eat it cold on the way: a pre-cut salad with dressing in an empty jam jar, couscous/bulgur/millet salad, oatmeal, rice pudding, stir frys, pasta salad, self made pizza or quiche – there are so many possibilities!
We also often bring fruit, some spread for bread and smaller snacks with us.
Another tip would also be to always bring at least salt and maybe pepper (and for us hot sauce) with you, then you don’t have to buy any unhandy packages while travelling!
Always remember to bring your own cutlery 🙂
So now we hope you got some ideas or inspiration for your next journey from our post and that you’ll have wonderful upcoming trips.
Our next trip will be to Lappland in the middle of January! This will be an icecold experience but a beautiful one, I’m sure of that 🙂
Enjoy the holidays everybody and have a great happy new year!
Anouk & Ken