Brighde was interviewed by the popular podcast ‘Join us in France’ where Annie talked to her about being as vegan traveler in France. Spoiler alert, it’s better than most people might expect! I feel really passionate about France and also vegan travel in France which is one of the main reasons we run trips to France as often as we can. My love of France led me to discovering the Join Us in France podcast and I asked the host Annie Sargent if I could share my thoughts about traveling as a vegan. She decided to interview me for the podcast! Thank you Annie!
My France travels as a vegetarian and then vegan
As a child
I have been lucky enough to spend so much time in France over the years as a vegetarian and a vegan. My love affair with France started young. I think it started because of my mum. My mum always liked learning languages and at that time she was proficient in French and Italian (she has since learned Portuguese and she is currently learning the challenging Russian in her 70s!)
France was the first foreign country I visited. It was a day trip on the cross channel ferry to Dunkirk when I was about 10 years old or so. I started learning French in high school and I really enjoyed it, and it became one of my stronger subjects.
Doing a French exchange when I was about 13 years old was so much fun. I stayed with a delightful host family who took great pride in cooking food for me. We liked each other so much that when I did the exchange again the following year, I decided to stay with the same family. The problem was that in the year between my visits, I became vegetarian.
Me (left) with my exchange family
As a university student
My Intrepid Tour Leading Days
Let’s just say that a lot of French Fries, goat’s cheese salads and pizzas were eaten. I would think that my nutrition was less than optimal during that year.
Traveling to France as a vegan
My Tips for Vegan Travel in France
1. Get ready with some language
2. Self cater when you can
3. Manage expectations
4. Choose non French food
5. Go fruit and vegetable heavy at breakfast and snacks
6. Eat picnics
7. Stay in vegetarian or vegan hotels
8. Use apps and blogs to help locate vegan food
Bloggers are an incredible resource. They often put together in depth vegan guides to locations around the world like this guide to Toulouse from Wendy at Nomadic Vegan about Toulouse or you can find blog posts on very specific things within a destination, for example this blog post we wrote several years ago about how you can find French vegan food in the capital.