Raw Food While Traveling? No problem!
Summer is the time for holidays and traveling. And surely you will go on an adventure soon. Don’t worry if your diet is different.
“Everything is figuroutable.” – Marie Forleo
I will describe how to take care of your food when you are traveling by plane or by car, and how to find high-quality food at your destination. Whether you’re staying in a hotel, holiday home or a camp in a small seaside village, or in a big city. It doesn’t really matter.
The most important thing is to always stay positive and believe that everything will work out.
I have never had a problem staying on a raw food diet while traveling.
Actually, I really enjoy traveling to unknown places, as I always expect to discover some kind of new fruit or at least another variety of an already known fruit. (And this is exactly what happens! I always come home full of wonderful new experiences.)
TRAVELING BY …
Flying really dehydrates the body, so it’s important to take care for adequate hydration. There is nothing better than juicy fruit. Watermelons, melons, cucumbers, oranges and other fruits with high water content are all the best choice.
You can take as much food on the plane as you are planning to eat until the end of the flight. If your flight is short, you might not even need to eat. In any case, drink plenty of water.
Many airlines also have a raw vegan meal option. But don’t rely on it. It usually consists of really small quantities of unripe fruit, and sometimes you will also get a slice of bread and even cheese. (If it’s cold, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is raw and vegan!). :)
And due to the fact that fruit has much fewer calories per bite than cooked food, it is necessary to eat much more of it to become satiated.
So don’t rely on meals that they provide, but rather bring your own delicious and juicy fruit.
What do I usually take with me when I’m flying? It really depends on what is in the season. I ate cucumbers and dates, apples, watermelon, and even persimmons. (Which, after carrying them around in my bag for a while, became a very delicious pudding, haha).
In any case, I recommend an insulated cooling box or bag. It keeps the food cold in the summer, and in the winter it helps to keep it at room temperature. (Nobody wants to eat very cold fruits and vegetables.)
You can buy high-quality boxes made out of styrofoam that are intended specifically for the storage of food. Put a freezer block in it and the temperature will stay low for a whole day.
AT THE DESTINATION
MY BEST ADVICE: Prepare in advance
Always explore the place online before you go there. Read the forums and find where the nearest stores are. There may also be a fruit market somewhere.
When you get there, it will be so much easier because you will know exactly where is what. No matter where you are. Let this be a hotel, holiday home or a camp.
A SMALL SEASIDE VILLAGE
It might be difficult to find shops in some small seaside village, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t get high-quality fruit.
This is actually quite achievable, especially in warm places, because there are many locally grown fruits and vegetables.
Ask the locals if anyone knows anybody that grows figs or watermelons or some other fruit and vegetables. You may be surprised.
Many have a huge fig tree in their garden, but they couldn’t care less for them, so they leave them to rot. If you’ll ever find such a tree, you can ask the owner if you could pick them and give them something in return (money or something else). They will be happy, and you will have a fantastic meal (or two).
And, of course, it will be very helpful to know where you can find the nearest stores (check my advice above).
If you have a chance to take your own food with you, do it. You can bring most of the food with you if you’re traveling by car.
Eating raw food in the big cities is usually the easiest. There is a grocery store on every corner and lots of fruit markets.
I don’t prepare myself much when I travel to a big city because experiences have taught me that it’s extremely easy to find delicious fresh food.
BACKPACKING / HIKING
If you go for a day, then there is no problem at all. Choose fruit that is the richest in calories per bite. You can take with you the freshest dates you can find, bananas, figs, grapes, mango. All of this are a great choice.
If you go on a multi-day hike, you have to organize yourself differently. In addition to fresh fruit, the other main source of fuel should be dried fruit. It is really important to rehydrate it, though. Dried fruits that taste best when rehydrated are pineapples, mangoes, bananas, and figs.
You can also make a vegetable soup. Mix dried tomatoes, peppers, carrots, spinach, celery, and other veggies and rehydrate them in water for a few hours before eating.
This is not the best choice, but it is certainly better than crackers and sandwiches.
STAYING IN A …
In hotels, they have quite a lot of fruits and vegetables available, so there shouldn’t be a problem. Nevertheless, it would be useful to inform your hotel about your food choices, so they can provide even more fresh food during your stay. (Don’t forget to also tell them about the importance of ripe fruits.)
Each hotel will be happy to please their guests.
Buying fruits and vegetables is practically identical to shopping at home. If you did the most important step and studied where the nearest shops are, this will be quite easy.
The only problem with camping is the storage of the fruit. This wouldn’t be a problem if you would buy your food for only one day ahead, it’s more of a problem if you have a lot of food with you.
It is good to have a portable refrigerator or cooler. You can also rent it at the camp.
As I said, I have excellent experience with traveling and eating a raw food diet. One time we harvested the grapes directly above the terrace of the apartment in which we stayed with Matic, my boyfriend. The owners didn’t like it too much, but wasps loved it.
So they were very grateful because we’ve harvested it (not all of course), and we were happy to have such a high-quality meal (for free!).
Many times we also ate figs whose owners left them to rot. Also mulberries. Even in all the big cities there has never been a problem. There are always stores that have good fruit. Of course, all the fruit is not ripe when you buy it, but quite a lot of it is.
Even restaurants are usually happy to comply with your requests. :)
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN:
Tell me in the comments below, what is your favorite travel destination? You can also tell me about your experiences with raw food while traveling. :) I would love to hear some!