Travelers should consider that, beyond just the cost of food, where it came from is important as well, as sustainability is important in ensuring we can enjoy the countries and regions we are visiting for a long time to come. While vegetarians and vegans are certainly contributing less than meat and dairy eaters, there are still ways to consume every type of food but in a mindful, considerate, and sustainable way.


Markets are your friend. Not only are they budget-friendly for your travels, but you’re cutting down the distance your food travels. Instead of flying in produce from other cities or countries, you’re buying it directly from the people that grew it, who might even live down the road. It’s fresher, less treated, and carries a much lower carbon footprint. Plus, you’re supporting locally grown food.

Eat seasonal foods

If you’ve ever eaten a strawberry in the dead of winter, you’ll know there’s a huge difference in taste when it comes to food and their seasons. Know when foods are in season and eat them only then. If they’re out of season, they are not sustainable.

Eat local foods

For each place you visit, there’s likely to be a food specific to that area that you may have never tried before. Step outside your comfort zone and try something new, supporting the people who grow it as well as their culture.

Inquire at restaurants

All the above points don’t mean that you can’t ever eat out. But when you do, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Where do they get their food from and how is it grown and shipped to the restaurant? Do a little digging to find out where your food is from.