This past weekend was a long weekend in Canada – Victoria Day. We decided the best way to kick off what FINALLY feels like summer here & the first long weekend is to go on a family camping trip. My husband, myself and my furbaby packed our bags, loaded up the car and drove for what felt like forever (but was only just over an hour away) for the first overnight family adventure of the year.
We’ve all gone camping last year and it wasn’t the best experience. Christian (my puppy) didn’t do too well sleeping in the tent where ever crackle of fire and whisper was heard aka mommy and daddy get no sleep. This year we crossed our fingers it would be different because he’s gotten a little older and we hoped we could tire him out throughout the day.
We wanted a campsite right on the water, and boy did we get exactly what we wanted! I took some pictures, see them below!
We both like to fish, so having the access to the water was just to perfect.
& what better way to end each night with a campfire.
Food for me wasn’t hard at all. I brought some Vegan hamburgers, fruit, Quinoa chips and some hummus and crackers, oh and of course bagels for breakfast!
My husband and I just got back from one of our favourite vacations yet! It’s a new resort that just opened up in Cayo Coco Cuba. The resort is called the Pullman, and is the first partially (or half, I can’t remember) owned Cuban resort by a Canadian. The food is to DIE for – plenty of Vegan options for me & Vegetarian options for my husband (he eats chicken from time to time).
I was a tad nervous going on vacation as a Vegan for a few reasons, mainly because I had got it in my head that theres NO WAY I can live for 10 days without my smoothies, Vegan ‘meat’ and plant based food.
I must say, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of food that was available for me here. There were plenty of salads, stir frys, fruits and veggies to sustain me for the duration of our trip. Mind you, like here you can modify your food to fit a Vegan plant-based diet, BUT let me warm you they DO NOT understand why someone would be Vegan (from my own experience I think they find it disrespectful as they eat to survive, they don’t understand why you would cut out certain foods) but such is life and I’m still alive and well.
I wanted to share a few pictures from my vacation & some tips and tricks that I think would help being a Vegan on vacation.
This is from one of the four pools, looking into the lobby and lounge area of the Pullman.
Two beautiful pictures that don’t do the beach justice. The white sand is so soft and the water is always warm! If you’ve been to Varadero, the beaches aren’t as nice in the sense of completely white sand and calm bath like ocean but still nothing like we have here in Canada.
This is one of three walkways leading from the resort to the beach.
After many 5am wake ups, countless walks on the beach and 3 catamaran rides my husband finally caught the fish he planned so diligently for since we booked the vacation back in January.
Tips for a Vegan vacation.
- Pack some snacks to bring with you to the airport
- Pack a meal (if you need too) that you can bring on the plane with you
- Pack some protein powder or supplements that you take
- Pack any condiments or seasoning that you usually use at home to cook with
- Learn about local ingredients that are used wherever you’re travelling too
- Find local Vegan restaurants (if any)
- Research on Pinterest / Google for any bloggers or other Vegan travellers that have been to the area that you’re going
- Notify your accommodation that you’re vegan
- Find apartments or places to stat with kitchens (Airbnb)
- Pack you’re cruelty-free cosmetics in case they’re hard to find