While the United States is definitely on the rise when it comes to veganism (more and more vegan restaurants and friendly menus are popping up around the country), there are some countries that just know how to do veganism right. Whether you are looking to travel or are just wanting to get inspired (the world really is an awesome place!), here are four countries to get you started…
Does it surprise you that the country with the most vegetarians is also one of the most vegan friendly countries? This is because most individuals who live there already avoid most meat for religious purposes, which is good news for vegans. India is especially great because many restaurants have signs viewable from the street that can tell you if they are vegetarian, non-vegetarian, or even vegan. If you’re looking for a fun time and some really great food, India should definitely be on your list.
Yep, the home of Arnold Schwarzenegger (he’s not a vegan yet, but reports say he is transitioning to a vegetarian diet) is an awesome place for vegans. Individuals here are incredibly health conscious and you definitely will not have a problem finding something delicious to munch on. It is estimated that 2% of the population is vegan (4.1% is vegetarian), which is definitely impressive for a country that shares a border with Germany and all of their sauerkraut…
Many dishes in Taiwan are already vegetarian as it is so making it vegan isn’t much of a stretch. Dairy products here are sparsely used and things like eggs are usually an optional extra. And thanks to its mostly Buddhist population, it is estimated that vegans and vegetarians make up about 14% of the population. You definitely won’t have issues making some new friends or finding some great cuisine.
Here’s another excuse for you to visit beautiful Italy (as if you needed another one). Italy has some great food (duh) but what’s surprising is much of it is vegetarian. You would be hard pressed to go to a restaurant and not find a great vegetarian option there. And while you’ll get a few looks from locals who won’t understand why you don’t want cheese or butter, you’ll quickly find that they are friendly and happy to accommodate your needs.