Solo Travel Tips For Vegans, Vegetarians, and Everyone!

Solo travel can prove to be both challenging and rewarding. For this solo female traveler, the positive aspects far outweigh the negative! Us females need to be particularly cautious regarding our safety. However, I have never let that prevent me from travel to any destination. With careful planning, any solo traveler can feel at ease venturing out on their own. Vegans, vegetarians, and anyone else can enjoy and benefit from the experience of solo travel!

Regarding safety, there are several points to consider. Some of these concerns can be alleviated with proper research and knowledge of your destination region.

1. Is my destination city safe during the day and at night? How late into the evening can I stroll around town seeing the sights, feeling confident that my safety is not at risk?

Doing a quick google search on the web can alleviate or re-enforce your fears on this topic. Accommodations staff or local police can provide a wealth of knowledge upon your arrival.

While speaking to a local tour guide during one of my previous holidays, it came to my attention that a tall and strong-looking gentleman was mugged and attacked during the early evening hours several years prior. However, he had been walking along a side alley, during the dark winter months.

When I visited that city, it had changed quite a bit for tourists. Police officers wearing bright vests were stationed every few hundred yards along the main road where most hostels were located. That provided a strong sense of safety for travelers. I felt quite at ease going to restaurants along that stretch of town during the evening hours.

The web can provide most of what you need to know for each destination town including recent crime, what areas of town are safe into the evening, where not to tread day or night, and so forth. Guide books are a good resource also, as are local newspapers and tour guides. In general, most tourist towns across the globe are safe enough. I have wandered about town late into the evening, while feeling perfectly safe. Keep in mind, that other tourists are doing likewise. Holiday destinations are packed with tourists, so you never really feel alone. Enjoy the adventure!

2. What modes of transportation are available and how safe are they?

Again, the web and your hotel staff are great resources. In many international cities, both tram and bus are cost effective, clean, and safe options. However, in some destinations, that is not the case. Muggings, pick pocketing, and even physical assault by gangs may occur. When it gets to that level, it typically makes the international tv news. Nonetheless, it is always best to research online and ask the hotel staff for their thoughts on local transportation. I have found that in some regions, a taxi is the best option when a tourist attraction or restaurant is off the beaten path or not located close to bus and train stops. In some cities, there are several types of taxi services. Some are independent cabs. While they may be perfectly safe in some regions, others are known to be either dangerous or to “jack up” prices by taking the tourist on the long route to their destination.

In my experience, the tram(train) is usually the fastest, most cost effective, and easiest form of transportation! I love it!

3. Can I carry any valuables on my person, such as a camera or necklace?

The general “rule of thumb” is no..it is best to abstain from wearing nice jewelry or displaying your camera in the open. Camera bags tucked into a tote or on a string like a necklace are the safest options.

Fanny packs that can be tucked into a pair of pants is a great idea. Another option are undergarments that have been designed with special pockets that can be used to store your cash and credit cards for safety.

4. Is it ok if I chat with the locals, as I usually converse back home or do I need to be aware of certain cultural taboos or expectations?

In most destinations, it is safe to chat with locals or ask for directions. Most people are kind and hospitable to visitors in their country. Unfortunately, as is the case everywhere, those traveling on their own do need to exercise some caution, especially females. Make sure you are never completely alone and that there are others within your range of sight.

Be careful when you bargain in markets or bazaars. At times, savvy shop keepers can fool tourists into thinking that their items are authentic and worth the asking price. This holds even more true for the solo traveler.

Another note of caution.. Certain gestures or signs possess different meanings in different cultures. While making an “A OK” sign in the West, is seen as a very negative connotation in the Eastern cultures. A simple nodding of our heads to signify a “yes” or an agreement is interpreted as just the opposite in another culture. Guide books explaining local culture are available at travel-related bookstores. We, as tourists, definitely do not wish to offend anyone or any culture during our global travels!

Female solo travelers need to be very aware of their surroundings. While walking from my bed and breakfast inn to the downtown area of a particular tourist town for lunch, I was stopped and oogled at by many young men along my route. Fortunately, they were just being friendly. I just smiled and returned their “hellos”, and went along my way.

Researching this topic on the web, is very beneficial. For example, in some countries, solo female travelers are thought to be lacking in morals, just from the fact that they are traveling alone. In these countries, it is advised that solo female travelers should ask for help or directions from local women, instead of local men. Guide books on certain destinations insist that solo travelers should not say a word to locals who approach them, otherwise the locals may get the impression that they want to purchase some souvenirs from them or that they are willing to pay to get directions.

The “Pros” of Solo Travel:
There are many “Pros” to solo travel. I enjoy all of the cultural experiences during my travels. I would never want to miss out on travel to an exciting destination just because there is no one in my life that is available to travel with me at that time! Many people feel that solo travel is lonely. Indeed it can be. However, you can make the most of it and end up having some great conversations with locals and with other tourists as well!

1. Staying at a hostel or a couchsurfing home are the best options for solo travelers. They provide inexpensive accommodations. Solo travelers have the opportunity to meet many other solo travelers. These conversations can lead to having others to join you for sightseeing trips or simply to experience and learn from other cultures. I truly enjoy speaking with other solo travelers from across the globe by staying at hostels. This is my preferred accommodations choice! It is always wonderful to have these travel-loving room mates to share your day to day sightseeing stories!

Although I have yet to experience couchsurfing, this phenomenon has gained wide popularity across the globe. Local residents provide free accommodations to weary travelers for short stays. the tourist gets their own room. While other times, they made need to share a room with other travelers or stay on a spare couch. The locals and the tourists both benefit from cultural exchange through conversation. In addition, some couchsurfing hosts have been known to prepare a few meals for their guests or to accompany them to favorite restaurants in town. This could prove especially beneficial for vegans! A vegan traveler can request a vegan host on the couchsurfing website. Couchsurfing can be a safe option, as many hosts have been given a rating and positive reviews that a potential traveler can read online.

2. Solo travel means that you can dine wherever you wish. Traveling with others, some of whom may be carnivores could prove difficult when selecting a restaurant for meal time.
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3. Joining a local tour group proves much more cost effective! For solo travelers that book a sightseeing tour from home, it typically includes a hefty ‘singles supplement’ fee. Staying at hostels and arranging day trips with local tour operators at your travel destination, can surely alleviate some of that cost. This leaves more in your budget for souvenirs that will always remind you of your wonderful travels! You will not feel lonely on these tours, since the solo traveler can always strike up a conversation with others on the tour.

4. Take buses to travel to long distance destinations. For budgeting reasons, I took a bus(as opposed to a plane or train) from The Netherlands to Belgium and from Wellington, New Zealand to Auckland, New Zealand. This choice suited me for a couple of reasons. I could view the breath-taking landscape along the route and I could converse with other travelers.

5. You can go sightseeing at your own pace. Maybe there are certain sections of a museum that you wish to visit for a lengthier time span than other areas. Possibly there are certain sights in town that do not interest you at all. As a solo traveler, you create and maintain your schedule and interests.
Photo: The Belgium ComicStrip Center in Brussels – home of Smurf and Tin Tin characters
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6. Finally, I would like to make mention of one other positive. However, I must stress that you need to proceed with caution. Everyone always states that the best part of travel is meeting the local people. What better way to experience local culture and people than by spending an afternoon or evening with a local resident! As a solo traveler, I am frequently being approached by locals for conversation. In a few cases, the locals did indeed invite me to stroll about town with them, converse in a tea shop, and even to meet their relatives in their home. For a female, solo traveler, it is important to determine the safety factor. Fortunately, in one particular town, my tour guide knew the person that extended an invitation to join me for tea. The guide(from a very reputable tour agency) told me it was perfectly safe. So in broad daylight, I got to meet a local family and experience how they live, dine, and to share community. It was a wonderful experience! It is best to accept invitations during daylight hours and in the open, such as a tea shop.

All in all, traveling on your own will provide for satisfying encounters with local sights and peoples! With just a bit of exercised caution, solo travelers can experience just as many rewarding journeys, as those who travel with others!

Photo: Me with other solo travelers at Pamukkale small thermal pools. I met these travelers individually on the overnight bus from Cappadocia to Pamukkale in Turkey.
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My Vegan Road Trip to Coastal Southern Maine

A road trip to the state of Maine was my plan for this past Saturday. Maine is nicknamed “Vacationland”. The state offers unspoiled pine tree forests, majestic mountain ranges, and miles of crystal clear beaches and coastlines! Its southern coast is exceptionally beautiful to behold! Thus determining my visit for the day!

The first stop on my itinerary was the city of Ogunquit. This popular beach town is known for its scenic vistas and charming accommodations. Walking through the quaint downtown, you find gift shops, boutiques, art galleries, and cafes. I paid a visit there specifically for breakfast.
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The vegetarian “Bread and Roses Bakery” (Bread and Roses Bakery) offers a few vegan pastries each day. For the start of my breakfast, I ordered an oatmeal date bar and a raspberry twist pastry. I took a few bites of each but saved the remainder for the next day, so I would have room in my stomach for a savory breakfast item I wanted to try soon in another southern Maine city. The sweet breakfast treats were delicious! The flaky pastry was baked just right and the fruity fillings were divine! The staff have a printed list of each day’s vegan offerings.
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After my sweet pastry stop, I headed to the city of Brunswick for a more savory option for breakfast. “Wild Oats Bakery”(Wild Oats Bakery) offers several savory vegan breakfast/lunch options in their deli display case. Homemade, “eggless” egg salad, tempeh curry, or mock chicken salad are on the menu and are clearly marked as “vegan” in their glass, deli display case. I opted for the eggless, egg salad sandwich with lettuce, tomato, red onion, and veganaise in an abenaki seeded bread with a side of sliced green peppers. This savory breakfast was really delectable! It was tasty and filling and freshly made!
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The remainder of my morning agenda was comprised of driving through picturesque towns and shorelines.
A mid-morning break for a snack landed me at “Gelato Fiasco”(Gelato Fiasco). This not your ordinary gelato shop! They offer a huge variety of specialty gelatos and gourmet sorbets. I opted for a four flavor sorbetto bowl. My chosen flavors included dark chocolate noir, mango chipolte, navel orange stracciatella, and raspberry truffle! These fancy flavors were absolutely scrumptious! Each unique note of spices and fruit created such a wonderful sensation for my taste buds! I highly recommend these gourmet-flavored sorbettos on every vegan’s holiday in Maine! You just have got to try them!
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After strolling through Brunswick’s downtown for a while, I headed back on the road for a drive through more picturesque towns and oceanside views. Finally, lunch time had arrived. The absolute best option in the region is “Bueno Loco Restaurant”(Bueno Loco Restaurant) in the town of Falmouth. This Mexican restaurant is extremely vegan-friendly! Their menu items clearly have marked which selections can be made vegan. They use vegan cheese, vegan sour cream and dip, and fresh vegetables. I chose the burrito bowl with seitan, rice, black beans, vegan cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and salsa. A side of guacamole and tortilla chips(cooked in separate fryer with vegetable oil) completed my meal. Everything was delectable! The food was flavorful and the veggies were fresh.
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For dessert, I selected the Mexican-themed, chocolate avocado ganache cake. The plate was garnished with slices of green limes. My cake was absolutely delicious! This is gourmet vegan dining at it’s finest! The very clean and spacious restaurant has a pleasant atmosphere and happy music that immerses you to a relaxed state of mind.
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It was time to “hit the road” again! The next stop on my itinerary was the town of Saco for its beaches. Ferry State Park is a vast forest where guests may hike or walk or enjoy its beach. I walked briskly through part of the trails, graced by the dense forest of monumental trees.
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Further down the road upon exiting the woods, I found a local town beach. Bayview Beach does not charge an admission fee. The soft white sand beach was gorgeous! It was time to unwind and recline on my beach blanket for a while!
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The waters were calm and not too cold, nor overly warm. People played atop the rock formation that met the shore.
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Of course, I kept applying vegan sunscreen for my face and body for protection against the sun’s rays.
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Another public beach was only a short drive away, so I decided to check this out also. Ocean Park Beach is a stunning, lengthy, white soft sand beach! Tall, vibrant grasses border along the beach perimeter, making for a lovely landscape.
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After a refreshing afternoon at the beach, it was time for my next adventure. I drove further south towards Kennebunkport. The coastal views were amazing to say the least! The picturesque town offers everything a tourist would desire: boutiques, gift shops, restaurants and cafes, and magnificent harbor views.
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My first foray into the touristy downtown was a visit to a gift shop for some blueberry product sampling. Maine is known for its wild blueberries. The showcase storefront window proudly displays a plethora of blueberry products, such as jams, pancake syrups, and dressings. I really enjoyed tasting the flavorful blueberry jam. It was pure fruit and no sugar.
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Dinner time had arrived. While I had visited and enjoyed Kennebunkport many times over the years, this day’s visit was due to the fact that a very vegan-friendly dining establishment was opened!
Bandaloop (Bandaloop Restaurant) offers several vegan items on their menu. I selected the cornmeal-crusted tempeh with fresh avocado and tomato salsa, vegetable medley, and saffron basmati rice. My meal was very appetizing! This eclectic, fancy restaurant is a must-have on every vegan’s visit to beautiful Kennebunkport!
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As I strolled further along the main square, I encountered more colorful shops.
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I paused for a moment to take in a glorious view of the harbor with its boats.
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Of course, no visit to Maine is complete without a purchase of some wild Maine blueberries! Fruit stands along many roads sell fresh blueberries during the daylight hours. In the evening, some local shops such as “HB Provisions”(HB Provisions) in Kennebunkport main square, sells some locally grown blueberries. This is where I purchased mine.
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As I made my way further south in Maine on my way home, I made one additional stop. Kittery is renowned for its outlet shops. I stopped at one of the largest ones in the area to take in some window shopping and stepping inside my favorite shop “Ann Taylor” to check out the outlet prices.
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On the opposite side of the road lies a couple of newer, vegan-friendly places in Kittery. Misto Cafe (Misto Cafe) offers smoothies, as well as wraps and sandwiches which are perfect for a vegan-friendly, takeaway lunch for the beach. “MrsandMe” (Mrs And Me Ice Cream) has a few flavors of vegan sorbet on their menu, including blueberry.

Heading in the opposite direction on coastal route 1 just a few minutes away in York, is a new market called “Lifestyle Emporium” (Lifestyle Emporium). Vegans will enjoy a stop here for sandwiches and smoothies to take to the beach or to do some shopping for preparing camping meals.

For additional tourist attractions in southern Maine, I recommend the “Desert of Maine”(Desert Of Maine), near the town of Freeport. A desert in Maine, you say?! Yes..Its true! 11,000 years ago, a glacier left Maine with sand and mineral deposits which formed this “desert”. For an evening excursion, the Ogunquit Playhouse entertains visitors with theater performances.

All in all, I was quite pleased to see that southern Maine is becoming more vegan-friendly! I truly enjoyed my day trip to the Vacationland state! The glorious green forests, the attractive beaches, the gorgeous coast, the delightful village main squares, and the tasty vegan meals made my day’s excursion a wonderful and worthwhile experience!

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Vegan Day Trippin’ Across Connecticut Coast by Essex Steam Train

A popular summertime destination in the state of Connecticut is the town of Essex..along the Connecticut River Valley. The area is renowned for its authentic 19th century steam trains. Since 1871, these trains have operated throughout the region. Only one hundred currently exist in the United States. One can even catch a decent glimpse of nearby Gillette Castle through the train’s window. I chose the combo package of the narrated steam train and riverboat excursion, when I arrived in the region for a splendid day trip!

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Vintage cars are pulled by a bona fide steam locomotive. The steam train and riverboat connection is the only one that currently exists in the United States.
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The nostalgic train ride takes guests on a two and a half hour ride through the woods, passing by small towns, marshes, coves and boat piers. East Haddam, Lyme, Deep River are a few of the towns we encountered along the route.
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The narrated tour informed us of various locations coming into our view along the way. Spots where birds and small mammals nestle or swim, town centers, boating docks, and so forth.
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Deep River is the first small town that comes into our view. The docks to our left provide boarding and disembarking points for cruises along this stretch of the Connecticut Valley.
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Our tour group disembarked from the train and boarded the riverboat. The glorious riverboat exuded a sense of adventure for me!
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We cruised past several grassy marshes. An occasional flock of ducks or geese would greet us.
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A couple of small islands may be found along the cruising route.
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Gillette Castle came into our view eventually. This magnificent castle was the home of “Sherlock Holmes” stage actor William Gillette.
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Next, we gazed upon the swing bridge standing proudly before us. It is a movable, swing truss bridge that opens up to allow the flow of river traffic or rail and auto traffic, based on the rotation at its motorized pivot points. The reputable East Haddam Opera House stands to its side.
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Homes along the river stand on stilts for protection against flood waters.
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After the lovely cruise had completed, our train awaited us for the journey back to Essex Train Station. I hopped into my car and headed to Gillette Castle for an up close encounter with its interior!
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The stately castle is found perched on one of the Seven Sisters hill. It lies within the Gillette State Park.
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The sprawling Connecticut River lies adjacent to the property and provides amazing views from the residence’s balcony or dining room windows. With construction completed in the year 1919, the residence includes a spacious living room, a library, a study, kitchen and pantry, nine bedrooms, and seven baths. President Calvin Coolidge, actress Helen Hayes, Albert Einstein, and Charlie Chaplin were among those celebrities whom were entertained as guests of Gillette at his castle during its heyday!

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My lovely visit to the castle had concluded. My next destination brought me to Chester, another town along the Connecticut River. Art galleries, boutiques and restaurants are the offerings for the traveler in this quaint downtown. My main reason for a stop here, was to pay a visit to the vegetarian/vegan-friendly restaurant “Six Main” (Six Main). Several of their vegetarian dishes can be made vegan. The knowledgeable waitstaff can assist with selections.
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The waitress brought some crusty vegan whole wheat bread with a tasty bean dip.
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For my dinner entree, I selected the General Tsao’s Cauliflower consisting of cauliflower, vegetable fried rice, cashew, broccolini, and chili paste. This meal was flavorful and really delicious! I recommend that vegan tourists in the area make this restaurant their dinner stop!
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I chose the sweet cornbread with berry topping and vegan whipped cream for dessert. It was very good, not overly sweet but fruity, and a great complement to my savory meal.
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When I arrived in Essex earlier in the day to board the stream train, I had not spent ample time in the town itself. Therefore, I headed back there to see the town during the evening. Many boutiques, shops, and dining establishments are located within the downtown.
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I also paid a visit to the boat docks by the waterfront to admire the views of the local lighthouse and small boats under the light of the moon.
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As I headed back home, my final stop for the evening was NORA Cupcake (Nora Cupcake) bakery in the town of Middletown, known to offer a few vegan flavors. There was one flavor remaining during the late evening hours, so that was to be my selection! Fortunately, it was a flavor that I absolutely love..chocolate! The chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting was scrumptious!

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My visit to southeastern coastal Connecticut had come to an end. I really enjoyed my adventure on the historic steam train from Essex, the relaxing cruise along the Connecticut River, the gorgeous rooms within the magnificent Gillette Castle, and the superb vegan dining I encountered!

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My Vegan Road Trip Across Cape Cod

For those of us living in the northeastern corridor of the United States, summer means one thing.. Cape Cod beaches!

I have spent many a summer day since my youth, along the southern coast of my beloved state of Massachusetts! The cobblestone roads, grayish clapboard houses, and gorgeous beaches make this the perfect warm weather destination! It really fills my heart with joy, now that the Cape region is becoming increasingly vegan-friendly! A couple of years ago, I had written blog posts, regarding my quest for vegan dining across Cape Cod (the post urls are included at the end of this article). However, My desire for a new excursion along the Cape was fueled by the fact that there have been more recent additions to the vegan dining scene there! This recent jaunt was not focused on any particular region of Cape Cod, but spanned from Lower to the Outer Cape.

It had recently come to my attention that a bagel shop, located on the Upper Cape, was offering some vegan breakfast items. My breakfast selection at Jo Mama’s (Jo Mama’s NY Bagels) was a jalapeno bagel filled with vegan ‘chicken’, avocado, and tomato with vegan cream cheese. The bagel was perfectly chewy and moist, while the faux ‘chicken’ was quite flavorful with fresh veggies! What a great way to start the day! The restaurant has two locations: Brewster and Orleans.
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I decided to drive around the region for a while, exploring and admiring the landscapes. When lunch time had arrived, I headed to the town of Mashpee. This town is more residential, boasting of well-to-do homes and golf courses. The Mashpee Commons is a large, contemporary shopping and restaurant plaza. I dined at Sienna Grill (Sienna Grill). They offer a separate vegan menu, upon request. For lunch, I opted for the grilled eggplant and asparagus over Himalayan red rice. After all, how can anyone pass up some grilled food during the summer months?! My meal was absolutely delicious! The presentation of the food was superb. The outdoor dining under umbrella covered tables made for a magnificent atmosphere! It was wonderful to find new, vegan dining options in the Upper Cape region.

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After my exquisite lunch, I had to make great haste in order to get to my next destination before its early evening closing time! The town of Truro, on the lower Cape, was over one hour away by car. Fortunately, being mid-week, I did not encounter the typical traffic flow! I made it there in time! Chequessett Chocolates (Chequessett Chocolates) is a quaint chocolate boutique that creates their own homemade chocolates from top quality cocoa beans that have been locally grown in an eco-friendly environment.

Shelves of various varieties of chocolates bars, many of which are vegan, greet you at first glance towards the back wall of the shop.
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Other shelves and displays showcase a variety of chocolate treats such as peppermint patties, chocolate bark, and truffles.
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Upon entering the shop, you see a glass display case of raw chocolate sweets such as macaroons, tarts, and other items. Most of the treats are vegan.
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I purchased a dark chocolate bar flavored with sea salt. This was appropriate, as it was a seaside locale.
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My next purchase was a dark chocolate lollipop shaped like a seashell. Obviously this choice was a must-have, due to my beach destination!
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Finally, the piece de resistance…a raw chocolate tartlet! A outer shell of chocolate and finely chopped nuts contained a smooth, dark chocolate filling. The taste was absolutely superb! Decadent and sweet, yet offering the anti-oxidant benefits of dark chocolate & cocoa, it was an excellent choice! All of my chocolate purchases were tasty. I recommend this chocolate shop to any vegan visitors on the Cape! It was crucial that I only took a couple of small bites, as I had to leave room in my stomach for the next vegan delicacy on my itinerary.
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Orleans was a fairly short distance away. My twenty minute ride took me to an ice cream shop called “Ice Cream Café” (Ice Cream Café ). This was something that I was really looking forward to! Finally, Cape Code had an actual ice cream shop that offered a couple of vegan flavors! I had waited for years, hoping this would come into fruition. The staff told me that they offer vanilla, chocolate, vanilla-chocolate twist soft serve on a regular basis; and that they typically offer one hard ice cream flavor that is vegan. This particular day, the vegan hard ice cream flavor was granola. I opted for the chocolate-vanilla twist soft serve. Wow! It was really, REALLY yummy! I was so excited!
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My hunger pangs had been satisfied, so it was time to hit the road and get to some of those amazing beaches, for which Cape Cod has earned it’s distinguished reputation. Along the way, the coastal route leads to some picturesque ponds. Various size boats and canoes can be seen on the waters.
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I first visited Cook’s Brook Beach in the town of Eastham. This small beach is located on the bayside of town. The silky smooth sands and gentle waves make this a wonderful choice for a lazy afternoon or for evening relaxation.
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The sun was just beginning to set as I was leaving the beach. It was breath-taking!
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My schedule afforded me the time to visit one additional beach. Again, my goal was to find a beach that was new to me..one that I had never visited before. First Encounter Beach occupies an important place in local history. This was the location of the Pilgrim’s first encounter with Native Americans, prior to their arrival in Plymouth. It is also located on Cape Cod Bay and offers small dunes and warm waters.
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As the evening progressed, my eyes were to behold a stunning sunset view!
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Dinner time had arrived. A wonderful restaurant serving South African specialties offered several vegan items on their menu. Karoo Café (Karoo Café) in Eastham is a spacious restaurant whose interior is decorated with reminders of CapeTown and its’ environs. African carvings on the wall , in addition to South African packaged foods and sauces available in the gift shop, add to the authentic ambiance of this restaurant.
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The dinner entrée I selected was a South African dish called “Pap and Chakala”. This spicy South African veggie stew consisted of cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, peas, chickpeas, and red beans, over ‘pap’; a porridge made of ground maize. What a delectable and flavorful meal!
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My day trip to explore new vegan-friendly restaurants, ice cream shops, and chocolate shops across the entire Cape Cod area had come to an end. I was very pleased to find such wonderful and new vegan treasures here! The gorgeous ocean views and tranquil beaches really made for a special day!

For more vegan-friendly dining across the Cape and Islands, please refer to my previous blog posts from the past couple of years. The following are their urls:
Upper Cape Cod: Upper Cape Cod / Outer Cape Vegan Restaurants
Lower Cape Cod: Lower Cape Cod Vegan Restaurants
Central Cape Cod: Central Cape Cod Vegan Restaurants
Provincetown: Provincetown Vegan Restaurants
Plymouth: Plymouth Vegan Restaurants
Martha’s Vineyard: Marthas Vineyard Vegan Restaurants
Nantucket: Nantucket Vegan Restaurants

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My Last Day in Turkey – A Vegan in Instanbul

The overnight bus from Canakkule had arrived back in Istanbul slightly before midnight, ending my ten day vacation in Turkey. This allowed me approximately three hours to shower and then nap, before heading to the airport for my flight back home to the United States.

It made me so happy to find a kiosk selling simits at the airport in Istanbul! I was able to enjoy this yummy vegan Turkish treat for one more time! Fresh and warm right out of the oven, made this snack feel especially wonderful!
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Onboard my Air France flight, my VGML vegan breakfast was served. A sandwich baguette filled with baby corn, eggplant slices, tomatoes, lettuce, and cucumbers was my tasty option! It was served with a succulent bowl of mixed fruit. Air France knows how to take care of vegans!
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Several hours had elapsed and lunch time had drawn near. I was served the VGML vegan entree of couscous with raisins and sliced zucchini, a salad, a sweet bread, and some mixed fruit. The meal was very flavorful!
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For an afternoon dessert snack, a sweet croissant was my offering.
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As my flight landed back in Boston, I reminisced about my amazing ten day vacation in Turkey! The wonderful vegan foods, the ornate palaces and beautiful churches and mosques in Istanbul, the fascinating rock formations in Cappadocia, the breath-taking calcium thermal water pools in Pamukkale, the impressive ancient city ruins at Ephesus, and the legendary civilization of Troy would all be permanently ingrained in my mind!

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