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Going on holiday in a foreign country as a vegan is not always easy. It is not always clear what is in the food and whether it contains animal products such as eggs, or whether it is fried or deep-fried in animal fat.
The travel blog from “Asher & Lyric” has therefore assessed and compared data from 37 different countries – the result is a Vegan Travel Guide with the best and worst destinations for vegans. To this end, the blog has, among other things, assessed how many vegan and vegetarian restaurants there are in relation to the number of tourists, what the vegetables, fruit and meat have to offer, and what the consumer behavior looks like.
By the way: The country with the most vegan and vegetarian restaurants in relation to each other is far behind in 28th place out of 37. Finland has the largest selection of vegan and vegetarian restaurants, ahead of Sweden, Israel, Germany and Australia, which is meat consumption in Finland, however, is very high, fruit and vegetable consumption low.
India is no longer an insider tip for vegetarians. Many locals do without meat and other animal products. According to estimates, one in three Indians eats meat-free. The selection of dishes made from vegetables, legumes and grains is therefore huge. The wide variety of spices generally makes India a paradise for foodies!
India is also a top destination for vegans, although it can be a little harder to find vegan food as many traditional dishes contain milk or dairy products. Despite this, India tops the list by a huge margin, scoring 227.6 points – Mexico in second place has only 134.7 points.
Be sure to try: Aloo Gobi (cauliflower and potato curry).
Guacamole, taco, burrito, chili – there are probably only a few people who are not addicted to Mexican cuisine. Although products with meat or animal content can often be found, there is still a large selection for vegans, as the “Vegan Travel Index” shows.
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There are not many designated vegetarian or vegan restaurants in Mexico, but the country ranks so highly because the selection of legumes, vegetables and fruits is huge and makes it easy for vegans to order the right dishes.
Be sure to try tortillas with guancamole
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The largest country in South America, Brazil, has entered the top 3 and will probably surprise many a globetrotter.
For example, even though Brazilians eat a lot of meat and vegetable consumption is not very high, Brazil has a fantastic number of restaurants that have a selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes on their menus. There are 849 of these restaurants for every 6.6 million tourists a year.
Be sure to try the super fruit acai.
Lots of locals considered lacto-vegetarian make Vietnam a wonderful vegan travel destination. Vietnamese overly often eat legumes, fruits and vegetables and generally little meat.
Lacto-vegetarians do not do without dairy products, but they do without eggs. Vegan travelers only need to make sure their food does not contain dairy products.
Definitely try: lemongrass dau phu chien sa ot and spinach and rice dish rau muống xào tỏi.
Anyone who loves street food – and vegetarian or vegan food for it – will love Israel. On every corner, especially in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, there is the opportunity to stock up on falafel, bread, spices and vegetables. The wide selection should not come as a surprise as 13 percent of Israelis are vegetarians.
Israeli cuisine is also characterized by influences from a wide variety of cultures, after all, people from all sorts of countries moved to Israel when the state was founded. There are many Arabic dishes, but food ideas and recipes were also brought from Europe and the United States.
Must try: falafel (fried chickpea balls), hummus (chickpea cream), tabbouleh (couscous, parsley and tomato salad).
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- South Korea
- South Africa