To be or not to be a vegetarian while travelling

Although eating vegetarian for over 20 years (yeah, was one of those 8 years olds who realized killing animals is sad, and then never changed my mind), travelling is one of my main reasons to make an exeption. Although I was SO HAPPY in India for just being able to order ANYTHING (well, in most parts of the country and all veg restaurants of course). The exeption actually mainly is used when eating at family homes (I remember very well my Colombian host family taking me out to a Grill Restaurant (so sweet!), or when staying at a local project in the slums of Manilla where ''it was the one day a week when there was Fish instead of veggies on the menu). And there's still some European countries where eating veg is not always easy (have you tried local villages in France or just Belgium in general ;-). On my last trip to Guatemala and Belize however it was actually quite easy to look for veggies on the menu, so I guess travelling and eating no dead animals will become easier, though I will always prefer staying locally at a Family (and eating whatever great comes out of their kitchen), than making travelling about finding the 'right meals''. How about you?

Contributions

As a tourist it may have an

As a tourist it may have an effect when you order the only vegetarian dish on the menu. Especially in countries where it is already mainstream to eat vegetarian dishes in city areas, it could be good to direct local chefs into vegetarian cooking.

A smaller step might be to ask for the origin of your meat.
Support the local economy by choosing local goods over imported food

It all starts with awareness (or awareness of awareness)

Personal/Social vs Climate considerations

Interesting Sander! Seems to me your approach is more from a 'how to care for the climate' as a vegetarian. It's definitely easier to 'go veg' in countries such as India, than in 'meat loving' South America. It definitely starts with awareness of the local environment - but that's also about eating fish when near the sea, and eating chicken (well just about anywhere). Normally you can also 'go the cheap way' right? The cheapest dishes are generally the ones which costs less to produce locally (though this is not really the case here in Europe I guess).