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Vegan vacations travel guide
Finding great places to eat great vegan food in your hometown can be tricky, and vegan eating while traveling can be another level of difficulty entirely. But with this guide we intend to show you that vegan travel is not only within your grasp, it can be tied in with an incredibly diverse range of experiences, too.
Veganism goes well beyond simply diet. It’s a way of life, a state of mind and, if you’re concerned about the environment, one of the most effective contributions you can make.
Whatever your reasons for being a vegan, you shouldn’t have to compromise your principles on vacation, or be restricted in where you go and the types of food you eat. Whether you’re exploring ancient churches in Ethiopia, Mayan temples and coral reefs in Belize, street markets in Thailand and India, the epicurean delights on these trips are strictly cruelty free, strictly good for the environment, and strictly delicious.
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What does a vegan vacation entail?
These are regular vacations (well, about as regular as the awesome vacations we offer can ever be) – cultural, foodie, multi activity – but with one key difference, they are infused throughout with amazing plant-based cuisine, with all eating establishments, meals and snacks thoroughly screened beforehand by operators. This is especially useful for when you’re traveling in countries where you face a language barrier, and where you can’t be sure that what you consider to be vegan is the same as what the chef considers to be vegan.
Make no mistake, though – while these trips may be designed with the vegan traveler in mind, you don’t need to be a vegan to enjoy them. Maybe you want to spend a week enjoying a different, healthier lifestyle. Maybe you’re a vegetarian or pescatarian looking to see if you’re ready to go a step further. Maybe you plan to sneak the odd meaty treat in while touring a street market. Or maybe you simply like the sound of the itinerary, from touring the ancient churches of Lalibela in Ethiopia, to snorkelling and trekking in Belize, or admiring India’s magnificent Golden Triangle, and you’re happy to tuck into vegan food along the way.
For the most part these are small group tours, accompanied by tour leaders that are usually either vegans or vegetarians themselves. Itineraries have been carefully crafted to ensure that everything you’ll eat is entirely vegan, and depending where you go, much of the food will also be seasonal, organic and locally sourced. In Central American countries such as Guatemala and Belize, for instance, this is pretty much the only way.
Some trips are center based while others move from place to place allowing for a very broad cultural immersion, and will frequently involve market tours, restaurant visits and even hands-on cookery classes. These are fantastic if you want to explore how veganism fits in with different world cuisines.
“I have just got back and I had the most wonderful time on vacation – [great hosts] made me feel very welcome. They also took me around to see wonderful sites in and around Kalamata..... I learnt to make the most delicious food. I have added a link to Vegan FB groups. The apartment I stayed in was very clean and comfortable with beautiful views of the hills, olive and lemon trees, and the sea.” – Katy Poynter on a vegan vacation in Greece
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