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1. Posted by JodieHill (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

Anyone on here a vege?

I dont eat meat or fish, but anything else will do. Just wondering if anyone has had problems in particular places?

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Why would you have problems if you are vegtarian. There are vegetables everywhere. I can assure you that every country has vegetables...

3. Posted by JodieHill (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

Lol, I should hope they do. I'm just a bit concerned about different cultures that just don't get the whole concept.

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

You would have some kind of trouble in the Mongolian interior, they really don't have a lot more then sheep meat and milk.

And in Argentina, although lots of veggies available, it's a little bit against their culture..;)

5. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting JodieHill

Lol, I should hope they do. I'm just a bit concerned about different cultures that just don't get the whole concept.

Yeah, guess I understand. I think indeed with familiy invitations for dinner you could have a problem. Because they expect you to eat whatever is cooked. Maybe they understand when you explain but it is also possible that they would be offended. So if you meet people, and they invite you for dinner, then it is probably the best to explain beforehand. In this case you will avoid any misunderstanding.

6. Posted by jairam (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

I am also vegetarian...but don't have too many problems in India...veg capital of the world...but as a traveller I usually try to find vegetarian restaurants in the city or place I am travelling...there are some great indexes on the web, you may be suprised by what you find. China/japan are the toughest places I have visited.

7. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

Why would you have problems if you are vegtarian. There are vegetables everywhere. I can assure you that every country has vegetables...

LOL. Vegetarians don't just eat vegetables you know. A balanced diet needs other stuff, like nuts, lentils, chick-peas, dairy etc: Which is why India is the best place you could go for vegetarian food. Its veggie heaven.

Some countries have really strong meat eating cultures. Eastern Europe could be difficult for vegetarians. Things that appear vegetarian (ie borscht) may well be cooked with meat stock. Also, I was surprised how much less veggie-friendly Australia and NZ are than the UK. They are huge meat eaters there! If you eat out, there is usually only one veggie choice, and a very unimaginative boring thing like quiche.

In lots of places they think vegetarians eat fish (since when has fish been a vegetable?) But if you are staying in hostels you can usually cook yourself decent nutritious cheap dinners.

South America is supposed to be really tough for vegetarians.

Good Luck!

8. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 9y

If you're ending up in Mongolia you're going to be in trouble. The only option there would be to buy your own supplies and cook for yourself as even 'vegetarian' dishes usually contain mutton in some form (as almost anything else).
But it's not impossible, you'll find markets everywhere and should be able to get most of the basic ingredients (especially Dairy Products).