How can you stay vegan while traveling the world? It's possible, and even exciting! Lucas Spiegel joins us in this episode to share his international traveling tips, stories, and experiences. He serves as a great reminder that no matter where you are, you can eat vegan with some planning, communication, and care.
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During these pandemic times traveling has become a distant memory or dream for most. But in this episode we invite you to live vicariously through world traveller Lucas Spiegel who concluded his worldwide adventure as a vegan just before the pandemic hit.
While this episode may not be applicable to your life right now, we hope that it's helpful for the chapter when you are able to travel.
Cultures, languages, and food - the glories of traveling. Finding the right itinerary for your trip is one thing, and exploring vegan options is another! The question is, how can you stay vegan while travelling the world?
In this episode, we’ll go around the world. If you’re one to always look out for the most adventurous trips, join us with our guest Lucas Spiegel as we discover more about the world through his international traveling tips, stories, and experiences.
More About Lucas: He published a vegan travel memoir called Weight of Empathy that documents his 22-month trip around the world. He shares takeaways from his time volunteering at animal sanctuaries on four continents, and the philanthropic project he started upon his return (a vegan dog treat company that gave 100% of profits to farm animal sanctuaries). Lucas carries a passion for helping animals, vegan travel, and living a meaningful life—and staying sane—in a non-vegan world.
1:55: Our Sponsor: Liv Bar (Use our discount code plantpowered20 for 20% off!)
3:58: Our Sponsor: Flora Plant Butter
6:45: Oregon & Lucas’s Next Project
7:29: Who is Lucas Spiegel?
9:04: Growing Up Exposed to the Vegan/Vegetarian World
10:47: Conflicts About Beliefs as a Young Boy
12:24: Childhood and Family Experience as Influences to Palate Development
14:43 Veganism is Expansive Rather Limiting When Traveling
15:46 Privileges Being Huge Factors That Influence Traveling
18:31 30 Before 30 List - Where The Travel Plans Developed
19:44 It’s a Journey to the West, then to Southeast Asia, to Euroupe, and Back to the US
20:37 The Key To Successful Plant-based Eating When Traveling: Research, Planning Ahead, Communication, and Wolfin
24:27 Communicate Early To Avoid Uncomfortable Situations; Casually Mentioning Not Eating Meat
26:04 For The Love of Food, Communicate!
27:14 Navigating Diversity, Cultures, and Practices
28:11 Possible Barriers: Language, Fear of Embarrassment, and Not Researching Practices
30:02 Communicating Effectively in Different Countries
32:29 What To Do When Someone Serves You Non-Vegan Food
34:55 Honoring Your Values, Your Body, and Your Choices
35:27 Backpacking Ethically as Lucas Navigate the Rest of the World
37:07 Vegan Options are Everywhere, You Just Have to Look for Them!
41:01 Minutes, Hours, and Days Spent from One Place to Another
43:29 Tips, Tricks, and Treats: Instant Pot (here are some great plant-based Instant Pot Recipes)
43:55 Tips, Tricks, and Treats: Happy Cow
45:14 Tips, Tricks, and Treats: Leave Nothing But Google Reviews!
46:28 Traveling as a Vegan: Then & Now
49:40 Chasing Travels, Experiences, and Discoveries
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