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How to plan a trip abroad if you're vegan

YouTube sensations Henry Firth and Ian Theasby offer advice on getting the right food to Ella Walker

Hints: Ian Theasby and Henry Firth
Hints: Ian Theasby and Henry Firth

By Ella Walker

Shopping and eating vegan can be tricky, even if you speak the language, so on holiday, the trickiness can only intensify as you repeat, "Plant-based? No meat?", to every server you encounter.

But your next trip doesn't need to be a nightmare if your diet is animal product-free.

We caught up with vegan YouTubers BOSH!, aka friends and cookbook writers Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, for their advice.

Start with a plan...

"You're going to want to do a little bit of planning - I was in Japan and that's a bit of a challenge with the language difference," says Firth. "It's doable. Maybe learn the language a bit, so that you can have some basic dialogue with waiters, and hunt down the right vegan spots."

Rely on America and London...

"America or London are the places probably leading the charge," says Firth, who notes that there's just so much choice and variety. Bristol, Sheffield and Glasgow also all have budding vegan communities.

Europe is pretty clued up...

"All over Europe you've got really incredible pockets of vegan food, but again, you have to go and hunt it down," says Firth, who adds that there's a huge vegan movement in the Netherlands.

But not France so much...

Admittedly, veganism is not taking hold so quickly in fromage-loving France. "If you were staying in a self-catered place, you could cook up an absolute storm in France if you knew how," notes Theasby.

Explore Israel...

"One country we haven't been to, but which we should, is Israel," says Firth. "They have a really high percentage of veggies and vegans, and obviously their hummus and falafel is fantastic."

Asia offers some exciting vegan grub...

"Asian food is really good because on the whole they don't use dairy," says Firth. "You know that if it's veggie in Asia, it's probably going to be okay, apart from the fish sauce."

BISH BASH BOSH! by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby, published by HQ, HarperCollins, £20

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