Vegan Fast Food in Australia

I often get asked how easy it is to be vegan in Australia. I spent almost an entire year in the beautiful country of Australia, and I was vegan the entire time. It wasn’t difficult at all, and I actually found Australia to be one of the most vegan friendly places I’ve visited so far. This is a list of the best vegan fast food in Australia.

Australia is home to many a fast food restaurant that includes vegan options on the menu. There are so many vegans in Australia, it is easy to find a place that caters to us.Best Vegan Fast Food In Australia

Vegan Fast Food in Australia
1. Lord of The Fries

This place is magic. It’s an entirely vegetarian (transitioning to vegan) fast food restaurant that serves burgers, fries, hot dogs, and milkshakes – all of which can be made vegan. This chain is spread throughout Australia, with stores in all of the major touristy areas of the big cities. Vegan Fast Food in Australia

2. Guzman and Gomez

There are loads of Mexican restaurant chains in Australia, one of which is Guzman and Gomez. Most of these chains offer vegan options on the menu, with free guacamole for veg burritos! Other Mexican chains with vegan options include: Zambrero (my favorite and probably the healthiest), and Mad Mex (this would be my third option out of the three). A burrito at any of these places will cost you about $12-$15 AUD. Vegan Fast Food in Australia Guzman and Gomez

3. Doughnut Time

While Doughnut Time isn’t a completely vegan establishment, this magical place offers a variety of vegan doughnuts. My favorite is the Liam Hemsworth, but all of the vegan doughnuts are amazing. One of these little hunks of joy will cost you anywhere between $7-$9 AUD, but is completely worth it. Split it with a friend if you don’t want a stomach ache from sugar, because they are massive! Vegan Fast Food in Australia Vegan Fast Food In Australia Vegan Fast Food in Australia

4. Grill’d

Grill’d is a healthy burger chain, with one vegan option on the menu. The veg option here is a vegetable burger, filled to the brim with fiber but not overly filling – make sure to grab a side of sweet potatoes fries. Grill’d is a great place to grab a meal with a friend. They offer seating, tons of drinks options (from kombucha to beer), and a cute setting. A Grill’d vegan burger will set you back about $11.50. Vegan Fast Food in Australia Grill'dVegan Fast Food in AustraliaVegan Fast Food in Australia

5. Crust Pizza

Crust is a fast food joint that has locations around Australia. They stock vegan cheese, and can make any of the vegetarian pizzas vegan if you just ask for it to be made vegan. A pizza here will set you back about $23-$26 with the addition of vegan cheese, but it’s very worth it. Vegan Fast Food in AustraliaVegan Fast Food in Australia

These are my favorite options for vegan fast food in Australia. They are all amazing, satisfying, and cruelty-free. Make sure to check out my favorite vegan restaurants in Melbourne!

What’s your favorite vegan fast food option?

 

How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast

After my 24 hours in Brisbane, I got to spend a day in the Gold Coast. This is how to spend 24 hours in Gold Coast. How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold CoastHow to Spend 24 hours in Gold Coast

How To Spend 24 Hours In Gold Coast

I recommend booking a place to stay near the action if you’re staying for a short time – and the most interesting spot in Gold Coast is Surfers Paradise. How to Spend 24 hours in Gold CoastHow to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast

Where to Stay

I stayed in an airbnb (my favorite type of accommodation), and I got super lucky because I found a great place right in Surfers Paradise. This is the airbnb I stayed in. It was super cute and in such a good location! (Use my link to get $25 off your first airbnb stay)How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast: Where to Stay

What To Do

One of my favorite things about Surfers Paradise was the beach. The beach here is one super long stretch of ocean, backed up by skyscrapers and palm trees. I spent hours walking on the beach, laying in the sand, and watching the tourists taking photos of their friends jumping in the sand. How to Spend 24 hours in Gold Coast

How to Spend 24 hours in Gold Coast

Gold Coast is a shopping destination, which I’m not usually into, but it worked out well for me because my phone died the day I got there {like permanently}. I was lucky enough to find a phone store selling refurbished iPhones and pick one up.

Where to Eat

There are so many cafes and restaurants in the Gold Coast! I usually prefer to seek out vegan restaurants so I can try something new (or at least have more than one option from the menu). How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast: Where to Eat

I found Cardamom Pod and I highly recommend it. This place is awesome! It’s not cheap, but the food is amazing. I had a Malaysian Satay with basmati rice and a super detox salad.

They also have some incredible dessert options if you have a sweet tooth. How to Spend 24 hours in Gold Coast: What To Eat

I also had a vegan kebab from a street stall – my first one in Australia! Aside from that, I ate mainly fruit and some juice from Wollies. I try to keep my meals budget friendly and only splurge when I know it will be worth it (aka my vegan restaurant escapade in Melbourne).

Planning a trip to Australia? Make sure to check out the best hikes in Sydney, my guide to Rottnest Island, or the guide to a working holiday visa in Australia!

How to Spend 24 Hours in Gold Coast

How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Queensland

I recently went to Brisbane, Queensland – for 24 hours. This was my first time in “Brissie,” as the locals call it, and I was determined to make the most of it. This is how to spend 24 hours in Brisbane. How to spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Australia

How To Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane

You’re going to want to start off your day with a solid breakfast. After researching all of my vegan options, I decided to go for an indulgent pancake breakfast. I headed to the Lost Boys in the CBD after seeing this listHow to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane

What I received was a bit different than what I’d expected, though. The pancakes were alright, but I’d recommend checking out a more relevant list (or some instagram accounts) if you’re looking for an instagram-worthy breakfast. I’m constantly on the search for insta-worthy food for my vegan instagram account.

After you’re fueled up, take a walk down the river to Kangaroo Point. I took the Story Bridge, which was a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the city on the other side of the river. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaHow to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaAfter crossing the bridge, head to CT White Park and take the walking trail along the harbor. It’s a great walk. If you aren’t a fan of long walks, you can rent bikes by the hour at stops along the path. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaIf you get a bit tired, have a sip of water at one of the many water fountains along the way and have a seat at one of the little piers. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaOnce you’re ready, walk across Goodwill Bridge and head across the river back into the city. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, AustraliaHow to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Australia

I used this chance to make friends with the locals. How to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane is a beautiful city and has lots to offer. I stopped for a chilled (and inexpensive) lunch at the Queens Plaza – there is an Indian restaurant in the food court that offers rice & one curry for $6.80 (that is insanely cheap for Australia).
How to Spend 24 Hours in BrisbaneThe day was a bit windy and I was a bit tired from the walk, so I took the bus home after lunch, which was around 4 PM. I spent the night having a good chat with my airbnb host.

Where to StayHow to Spend 24 Hours in Brisbane

This is the airbnb that I stayed at – the hosts were so great. The room was so cute and comfy and the house was only about 20 mins by bus into Brisbane. I love airbnb and use it almost exclusively when I am in a city for a short time. Use my link to get $25 off your first airbnb stay! Airbnb hosts are so helpful. I asked my hosts how to spend 24 hours in Brisbane and she helped me map out this entire walk.

I visited Brisbane after leaving Cairns – check out my first scuba diving experience in Cairns! If you’re planning a trip to Australia, make sure to check out my guide to the working holiday visa in Australia, and my favorite restaurants in Melbourne, and the best hikes in Sydney. 

 

Doughnut Time: The Most Epic Doughnuts in Australia

When I arrived in Australia on September 9, 2016, I had no idea what was in store for me. Australia is the most vegan-friendly country I’ve visited to date. Fast food places have vegan options here. I was in heaven. Enter Doughnut Time.

Doughnut Time: Australia’s Vegan Heaven Doughnut Time Red Velvet Vegan Doughnut: A Must Eat in Australia

I discovered Doughnut Time via the internet. Soon, I found the very first Doughnut Time I’d visit – the one on Degraves Street in Melbourne. Doughnut Time Melbourne Jam Filled

Doughnut Time is a magical place filled with endless trays of beautiful and richly flavored doughnuts. One of these babies will fill you up and give you a sugar high that will last all day. Doughnut Time Manly Beach Doughnuts

As with all things in Australia, these doughnuts don’t come cheap. They range in price, anywhere from $6 to $8. I can tell you, it’s worth every cent. Doughnut Time Vegan Doughnuts: Melbourne, Australia

I made it my mission to try every type of doughnut from this magical store. Once my mission was complete, they added new flavors, so I completed my mission twice. On average, I throw down one doughnut per month. I try to stay moderately healthy, but since coming to Australia, I’ve somehow managed to acquire a weakness for these sugary glazed doughnuts topped with sweet and salty confections. Doughnut Time Perez Hilton

My favorite so far would have to be a tie between the red velvet, Perez Hilton (pictured above) and the Chai Curious doughnut which is pictured above (on the bottom of the tray). I did not take a photo of that Chai one individually – I ate it pretty quickly… it had been a hard day. Doughnut Time: Vegan Doughnuts throughout Australia

Doughnut Time is located throughout Australia – I’ve eaten these beautiful creations at multiple locations in Melbourne and Sydney. They also have locations in Brisbane and the Gold Coast – see their website for more info.

If you’re planning a trip to Australia, check out my favorite vegan restaurants in Melbourne! Also make sure to see the best vegan places in Sydney.

Let me know in the comments which one you’d eat first 🙂

 

Epic Vegan Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes

I spent some time cooking at my place in Melbourne a bit to save up money for my next round of traveling. Though I usually keep it pretty simple, sometimes I like to create something a bit more special. This weekend, I treated myself with {healthy} vegan blueberry vanilla pancakes.

Vegan Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes

Vegan Blueberry Banana Pancakes

These babies were super easy to whip up! They took me less than 5 minutes and I already had all of the ingredients on hand. They are super healthy but taste amazingly decadent.

Ingredients

To make these pancakes, you’ll need: 

  • 1 cup oats (measure, then blend into a flour)
  • 1 whole, very ripe banana (brown spots preferred)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup soymilk – depending on how thick or thin you like your pancakes
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries, heated in the microwave
  • maple syrup
  • optional toppings: coconut flakes, chia seeds, banana slices
Recipe

Once you’ve blended your oats into a flour, add the banana, soy milk, baking powder, and optional cinnamon and vanilla. Blend until it is batter consistency – but don’t over blend.

Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes

Pour your batter onto a hot pan, using coconut oil to prevent sticking. Wait until bubbles rise on top to flip your pancakes.

Once your pancakes are perfectly cooked, layer your warm blueberries in between the stacks. Top with coconut flakes and maple syrup, and enjoy your decadently healthy breakfast!

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Enjoy these vegan blueberry vanilla pancakes, and let me know in the comments if you love them as much as I do!

If you’re into vegan food, check out my list of the best vegan restaurants in Melbourne, Hong Kong, or some of my favorite places around the world. If you’re in Melbourne and feeling too lazy to cook, check out one of my favorite breakfast spots, Urban Projuice.

How to Live in Costa Rica for Less Than $30 a Day

Hola!

I am currently stationed in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. I’ve been loving it here – the sun, the beach, the forest, the monkeys, the ocean. I feel like I’m living in paradise. There is even a health food/vegan restaurant here. How could this get any better?!

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A typical day for me looks like this: wake up around 7am. Get ready, go for coffee around 8. Take a long walk on the beach. Go to healthy restaurant for breakfast. Go to the beach, lay in the sun for a few hours, read. Go back to healthy restaurant for lunch. Work on website/YouTube/misc. Make dinner or eat fruit at hostel. Sometimes go for a run. Watch Netflix (currently re-watching How I Met Your Mother – love that show!) and then go to sleep around 10 pm.

I love every part of my days here. Healthy food. Exercise. Sun. Freedom. The best part is, I’m doing this all for under $30 per day.

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Say what?! That sounds crazy. Costa Rica isn’t cheap – it’s relatively expensive for Central American standards. But I’ve managed to live how I want to live on a budget – without feeling like I’m on a budget. I mean, hello, I’m eating out twice a day.

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Let’s break down the cost of my life here:

Hostel: I am staying in a shared room with two beds. I pay $12 a night, and 90% of the time, the room is all mine. I also pay $1 a day for a locker. This hostel is a lifesaver for being so cheap – it’s what allows me to spend more on food. If I wanted to pay even less, I could get a bed in a 10 bed dorm room. But… that’s not my style. Total: $13/day

Entertainment: I get my reading material from a book exchange. So I take a book, and leave a book. Going to the beach is free. Going for runs is free. Walking through the jungle is, yep, FREE. Netflix costs me a whopping $9 a month, which per day is basically nothing. Total: FREE.

Food: I usually cook and eat my own food while traveling. But I am obsessed with this restaurant down the street (the vegan one), so I’m taking advantage of it while I can. I usually spend around $15 total to eat out twice. If I get something expensive for one meal, I balance it out with something less expensive later. Sometimes I will eat fruit for 2 meals a day, and eat out only once. Tap water is drinkable here, and I usually fill up my hydroflask (reusable water bottle) at the hostel a few times a day. Total: $15/day

Transportation: I walk everywhere. I have rented a bike one day, for $5. Since I’ve been here for 5 days, that averages out to $1/day. Total: $1/day

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Let’s total it up: $13 + $0 + $15 + $1 = $29. So I’m living the life here for $29 a day. That is less than it costs me to live at home – a lot less. And I’m staying right next to the beach, seeing monkeys every day; I’m living my dream life. My overall budget for my entire trip is $50/day. I made it work in Europe by couchsurfing, taking buses for long trips, walking a lot, and eating in often. I like to have fun with my budget, living different lifestyles in different countries. I have loved being in Costa Rica, spending my days in a swimsuit by the ocean with a good book, eating healthy food, and doing whatever I want.

Staying below budget is just the icing on the (vegan) cake. 🙂

 

 

How I Use Travel Hacking to Save Thousands

Since travel hacking is one of my biggest money saving tactics, I figured I could share it and help other people learn how to do it too! I am relatively new to travel hacking, but I have learned a lot in short period of time. Enough to save thousands of dollars on my around the world trip, anyway.

So what is travel hacking? Travel hacking is basically a way of saving tons of money on travelling by doing any or all of the following: utilizing rewards given by credit cards, using unconventional accommodations to save money, and basically just travelling for as inexpensively as possible. To see the ways that I have used travel hacking, read on, my friend:

1. Sign up for travel credit cards. I currently have Chase Sapphire and Chase Sapphire Preferred cards. By signing up for these cards that offer rewards (ex. Chase Sapphire Preferred offered me 40,000 miles if I spend $4000 in three months), I get significant discounts on flights. I accidentally stumbled into travel hacking a couple years ago after reading I Will Teach You To Be Rich, which is my favorite personal finance book of all time. Ramit taught me the benefits of using a credit card that gives you rewards. Why had I not done this sooner?! I wasted years of my life using my debit card for everything. By using a credit card instead of a debit card (and paying it off in full every month), you can rack up rewards and benefits. There is absolutely no difference to your life other than swiping a different card. I got a flight to Portland for free by doing this with my Chase Sapphire card. To see the best credit cards for travel hacking, check out this post.

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2. Couchsurfing. I am an avid couchsurfing creeper. I have yet to leave for my trip, so I haven’t tried it out yet, but I have definitely been searching for people to stay with. Couchsurfing is an amazing resource that connects travelers with people who live in the country that you are visiting. The hosts set up a profile on Couchsurfing and have reviews left of them by the travelers who stay with them. Although this did originally creep my mom out to the max, we have since realized that not only is it a totally legit thing, it’s a way to save thousands of dollars. Saving money = travelling for longer. Accommodations and airfare are usually the most expensive part of the trip. By cutting back on these two expenses, travelling becomes so much more possible.

3. WWOOFing. WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. This is a program where you can set yourself up with a host and work on their farm in exchange for room and board. It is a world wide program that tons of people have used. The details of how much you work/what kind of accommodations you stay in/what you eat varies widely depending on each situation. You will find these things out by utilizing the website and researching the hosts. Because I’m vegan, I am searching for vegan or vegan-friendly farms (which there are a ton of). I am planning to WWOOF in Europe and Hawaii.

4. Cut expenses before you leave. To see the ways that I am saving $20K in six months, see this postI have not always been the most budget-conscious person, but if I can do it, you can too. I used to be a shopaholic (no joke – I would spend an entire day at the mall every weekend, even when I was making minimum wage!). So really, seriously believe me when I say that you can do this too.

These tips will save you so much money if you use them. Please comment down below your money saving tips and what you do to save money while travelling!

xo

Amanda