I was deep in the hills of Uganda being introduced to my host family when I had my first real desire to eat meat. The look and the smell of the chunks of goat in a brownish, watery gravy in front of me were not in the least appetizing, but I was still tempted to throw my vegetarianism out the window if it would have helped me avoid offending my hosts. I would have been perfectly happy eating the staple food of steamed matoke (plantain), but instead, to commemorate the occasion of a guest in her home, the matriarch had prepared a special meal of goat soup. I stared at the goat chunks for what felt like hours wondering if I could just scarf it down and deal with the consequences later. In the end, I begged for forgiveness and turned down their generous offering.
I have been a vegetarian all my life, and I have traveled to almost 50 countries. While it’s never easy, it is totally possible to be an avid traveler and still stick to your dietary choices. Here’s how: