Being a vegetarian can be a pain in the ass when you're traveling. You may want to save the animals, but you also don't want to starve during your adventures. Part of experiencing new places, is experiencing their foods. It's a difficult balance to try and get a feel for the cuisine while you're limiting your options. I will tell you now: IT IS POSSIBLE! But, of course, some countries are easier than others. There are so many veg-friendly countries to explore, but this is Installment 1 of my findings from plant-based, animal-friendly traveling.
The Good, the Questionable, and the Bad:
GREECE. Greece knows how to feed anyone and everyone. The salads are so good, you could live off of these for your entire trip. Nearly every meal comes with complimentary soups, breads, drinks, and desserts (no for real, like every restaurant does this), so you won't go hungry. A stand out country for the pescatarians out there: Greece + seafood = <3
SINGAPORE. Singapore is essentially NYC as far as food goes. You and your gluten-free-vegan-don't-eat-anything-with-a-shadow-friends will survive and thrive on you vacation.
ITALY. Oh you like pasta, marinara, bread and cheese? (ie you're a human): You'll be fine. As you probably have found on your vegetarian journey, Italian food is the easiest to make meatless. Meat can be added or deleted from most dishes, and the result: still really effing good Italian food.
THAILAND. You're good. You will easily find incredible noodle dishes that can be requested meat-free right off the street. BUT there are a lot of unidentifiable soups. Don't get me wrong, they look delicious, but whether they are based with a meat broth will forever remain a mystery. I tried several ASSUREDLY meat-free soups and dishes that were unfortunately confirmed to contain meat in some hidden form. If you are the vegetarian who can accidentally eat meat, and be relatively cool with it, Thailand will work out for you. If you are the other kind who will be sobbing and contemplating vomit or suicide... be wary.
Good: TURKEY. Hummus! Pita! Hooray! Vegetarian dishes are often offered as main courses in restaurants. They love leeks, potatoes, spinach, cauliflower, eggplants, and peppers. Not to mention the elaborate breakfast spreads that include Menemen (eggs in their best form i.e. served poached in a red pepper, garlic, tomato sauce). Vegetarian rice and curry options are also delicious, and easily located.
Definitive loser: GERMANY. A weekend of beers and pretzels is awesome. But, if you're visiting for more than a few drunken days, Germany is a tough one. Bratwurst, shnitzels, and sauerbraten. These are the rulers of this kingdom. The Kasespatzle (divine egg noodle cheese situation) is awesome, I won't deny that, but if you're looking for a nutritious, balanced stay in Deutschland: buy groceries, or it's not going to happen.
Close Second: THE PHILIPPINES. A lot of processed food here. Can't confidently eat fresh vegetables. Many varieties of fruit are available and delicious.
Honorable mention: JAKARTA. There are actually frequent and widespread vegetarian options in this city. As far as how sick you will feel after eating anything you find...also frequent and widespread. Jakarta took me OUT. Be wary of everything. Just don't eat.
BUT other parts of Indonesia (example Bali below) have incredible vegetarian dishes with vibrant rice field backdrops...so I can't hate too hard on this country.