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9 Week Itinerary: Canadian Road Trip (Dipping into the USA)

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If you are thinking of going on a cross Canada road trip you might be wondering how you would plan such a long trip or what sort of time frame you need to do a cross Canada trip. We recently did a trip across Canada and it took us 9 weeks. You could easily spend more time in each place so this itinerary would work best as the minimum amount of time you need to do a trip like this and still be able to stop in lots of place across the country.

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Week 1  Vancouver, BC - Edmonton, AB
Fly into Vancouver International airport Rent a car from the airport Drive northeast towards the Rocky MountainsExplore Kamloops and Revelstoke along the wayHead up into the mountains driving through Glacier and Yoho National ParksKeep driving north towards Saskatchewan Crossing in Banff National Park Stop at Rocky Mountain House before making your way to Edmonton, AB
Great Canadian Road Trip: 
Beautiful British Columbia: The Best Place on Earth
First Leg: Vancouver to Merritt BC
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Best Places VEGANISED Across CANADA

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If you are planning a visit to Canada, or maybe you're a Canadian looking to do some domestic travel, then these are the places you are going to want to check out. Canada is full of natural beauty and wilderness to enjoy so there are lots of reasons to visit Canada. You're not going to find a vegan donut shop out in the wilderness so this is a city slicker guide on the best places veganised across Canada.

Chances are when you visit Canada you are going to end up in a city even if you're on your way to somewhere more remote. Bigger cities tend to be the best places to visit for vegan food in Canada. For the smaller towns, you can always try your luck at finding some vegan options or hit up the local grocery store. Use the Happy Cow app. If you want to see some fun cities and get some memorable vegan cuisine then check out these places across Canada.

VICTORIA
Vancouver Island is a fun island to visit and a trip there wouldn't be complete without a stay in Victoria. Victori…

How to Live on a Budget and Travel More!

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Our Guide to Living a Frugal Lifestyle:

Neither of us Wanderlust Vegans has a great paying job. Most of the jobs we've had so far don't pay much more than minimum wage. Since we don't make a lot of money we have turned to being frugal in order to make the most of what we have.

Here are some tips to penny-pinch your way towards saving some extra travel money:

Accommodation: To save money we have had roommates, rented a room and lived with our family. These options are a deal breaker for some people since they value their independence but you can save a lot on accommodation if you live with others.

Clothes: Everyone likes having some decent clothes but you can often find the stuff you like on sale or second hand. Looking for items at the thrift store can be a good way to go. You would be surprised what you can find sometimes. We found some Carhartt work pants for $3 at the thrift store and some never worn steel toe boots for $50 on a buy and sell website. You can get gently wo…

Vegan Travel Interviews: Which city did you find to be the most vegan-friendly that you have travelled to?

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There are so many great vegan travel bloggers out there that we wanted to quickly get to know a few more of them better with another mini interview. We enjoy checking out other vegan travel bloggers to see what they're up to. Whether you're a junk food vegan, whole foods vegan gym rat, yearly vacationer or digital nomad it's great that you're sharing your lives with us through your blogs.

What we Would've CHANGED About our 2 Month Road Trip

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Now that we're back from our road trip and had lots of time to reflect on how well it went, we are able to pick apart what we did and what we might have changed. Originally we set out on a three-month road trip. As we went it turned into a 2-month road trip as we were starting to get a little exhausted. It's is hard to decide what we would have changed because we did enjoy the budget way we travelled and also the spontaneity of driving without having concrete plans. We are very happy with the outcome of our trip but these are the things we would have changed that would have possibly made things go a bit smoother.

SUV SET UP:
We wanted to buy a van and set it up like a mini camper. We ended up getting our GMC for free, so we can't really complain. We set up two single half-inflated air mattresses in the back every night. It was a very annoying setup, as we had no space to store our stuff. We would have to move it to the front seat every evening and then move it all back in t…

Vegan Guide to Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Minneapolis is a big city in Minnesota right next to St Paul. The two are referred to as the Twin Cities. Minneapolis is known for a few musical artists such as Prince, The Replacements, Hüsker Dü and others. It has also recently hosted the Superbowl. It's a city with lots of different things happening and has a number of places that will interest vegans.


How NOT to look Suspicious at a border-crossing

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Can you believe that these two would look suspicious at the border into the USA?! We didn't think we did but turns out we looked like hippies living in our SUV ready to settle into the USA, or smuggle in drugs. One of the two. He even shaved his face in the Walmart parking lot the night before! You've got to look your best for the border guards.

Here are the mistakes we made while entering the USA
We were living in our SUV which looks abnormal.We were unemployed which calls into question how we support ourselves on such a long road trip.Our permanent address was the parents so why don't we have our own place?We had no real concrete plans for our USA trip other than visiting people and saving time as the drive west through USA is faster than Canada.We looked like we have been on the road for a couple months, all tan and stuff. This probably didn't help us to not look like suspicious characters. Anyway, what happened to us? We got held up and they performed a secondary se…

Vegan Travel Interview with The Nomadic Vegan

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Wendy Werneth is an intrepid world traveler, vegan foodie and animal lover. She is the author of the book Veggie Planet and the creator of the award-winning vegan travel blog The Nomadic Vegan, where she uncovers vegan treasures across the globe so that you can be vegan anywhere and spread compassion everywhere.




You may remember Wendy from when we did our mini Vegan Travel Interviews when we asked seven other vegan travel bloggers the following questions:
Why are you travelling? Why did you become vegan?
and Where in the world did you discover your best meal/vegan find?
Today, Wendy is back on our blog answering more questions about her vegan travel lifestyle. We are excited to have the opportunity to interview her again and get her perspective on vegan travel as she is quite the expert and role model for all those aspiring vegan world travellers out there. She is a vegan travel trailblazer and has gone to many different countries all over the world eating all kinds of vegan food on the…

The Best and Worst that Canada has to Offer

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While we were on our road trip across Canada, for Canada's 150th birthday, it was hard not to compare each province to one another. Canada is a massive country and we noticed a lot of differences between all the places we ended up visiting. While driving we discussed all of the differences in each region and thought of a best and worst list for our experience on a cross Canada road trip.

BEST

Campsites: British Columbia. We found that BC had not only the cheapest campsites but the best overall campsites. The scenery in BC is hard to beat with the mountains and lakes. We were also very impressed with the condition of the campsites we visited and that is why we think BC has the best overall campsites.

Rest Stops: Quebec rest stops had clean fully functioning washrooms, vending machines and a picnic area in nature. It was such a peaceful place, you forgot that you were at a highway rest stop. There were even trails to walk along the St Lawrence river. Strangely enough, you were not allo…

Vegan Guide to Montreal, Quebec

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Montreal is the largest city in Quebec. Quebec is a french speaking province in Canada and Montreal is a very multicultural city with lots of excitement and character. It's a city known for many things such as the Just for Laughs comedy festival, the F1 Canadian Grand Prix and the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Team.

How to Budget for a Long Road Trip Across Canada

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We already talked about how to plan a long road trip, now we are here to tell you how to budget for your trip!

Once you have decided on what kind of road trip you would like to do and for how long then you can start figuring out a budget. You will be able to figure out how much you can expect to pay for your trip and whether or not what you want to do is feasible.

In order to budget for a long road trip across Canada, you need to consider the five budget categories of Transportation, Food, Accommodation, Entertainment, and Emergency.

1. Transportation. For a road trip, you will need to either own a car, borrow a car or rent a car. You might need to purchase something especially for the trip or you might have something already. If you need to rent then you can compare prices of different rental companies. Aside from the major purchase of a vehicle, one of the main things you will be looking at in terms of budgeting for transportation is fuel. You need to figure out how much you will need …

Best Places VEGANISED on Vancouver Island

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Vancouver Island is an interesting place to visit with lots of cities and towns surrounded by beautiful nature and opportunities for outdoor activities. A lot of people enjoy the island for it's laid back atmosphere and all the great things to see and do. Here are some of the places that you might visit on the island and some info on the vegan food options you will find while visiting. There is vegan food to be found all over the island from Victoria to Tofino and more. Check out the Best Places Veganised on Van Isle.

SIDNEY
If you are planning on travelling to Victoria from the mainland, you can catch the ferry to Vancouver Island from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay. Swartz Bay is in Sidney and it happens to be a wonderful town to check out. It's close to the water, it walkable and there are a few vegan places to check out such as Fish on Fifth. It's not a vegan place but they have a vegan menu which includes a vegan big mac. It's also close to the famous Butchart Gardens s…