Summer means vacation time for pretty much everyone, right? Well for vegans, travel means meal planning, which can bring on all kinds of stress! Planning our meals ahead of time is a task that all vegans have to deal with from time to time and we cope by bring our own snacks, sometimes meals, and settle for an endless diet of tofu and salad. And this is a shame since vacations should be full of fun and delicious food! After all everyone knows when traveling abroad you can really miss out on fully experiencing the culture by not sampling the regional dishes. So to assist you with your travel plans I went and found a few sites that provide booking for trips that focus on vegan and eco-friendly travel! There are a lot of options around the web but I thought that these selections nicely demonstrated the availability of help for the vegan explorer.
Veg Voyages provides excellent tours of Southeast Asia by providing travelers with experienced guides, intimately familiar with region. These guides are not agents, they are enthusiastic travelers like you who have lived and worked in the country you’ll be visiting. They are devoted to taking you to “off the beaten track” destinations, secret to all but the locals. And the best part is that the guides understand the only way to fully immerse yourself into a culture is to eat the food! They plan your entire trip around regional vegan delicacies at each stop. So banish all fears of a monotonous string of salads and tofu! You’ll visit local cafes, neighborhood restaurants, must-stop bistros, and even have some home cooked meals.
CEO and founder Donna Zeigfinger books eco-friendly trips for those interested in either adventure vacations or volunteering trips. Her business was established on providing sustainable, bio-diverse trips for vegans. Consultants meet with individuals and parties to schedule a uniquely tailored trips, ensuring that all your needs are met. These greenwise experts assist you with finding the best vegan fare so you can appreciate and enjoy the local cuisine!
While not strictly vegan, Kids Can Travel focuses on providing seamless, stress free travel planning for families with kids. They also have packages that meet the needs of a vegan lifestyle, which means you can avoid the hassle of planning your meals for your vegan family! They offer a variety of guided, kid friendly trips across Europe.
I can see this being a fun experience for active vegan couples or any summer holiday. Bicycle Beano offers cycling tours of Wales and the Welsh Borders of England with planned stops at cafes, bistros and even homes that specialize in vegetarian and vegan fare. The awesome thing about these tours is that, like everything else on this list, vegan dishes are the default options, not afterthoughts on the menu. Bicycle Beano also partners with Vegetarian Vacation which provides a comprehensive listing of restaurants, cafes, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and tours that feature vegan resources for your holiday. The site even lists bookstores, which I thought was unique!
While not really a vegan booker, this site is a wealth of resources for finding free and low cost opportunities to do some good in Central and South America. Ethical volunteering is the core of their mission, which means that as much of the proceeds as possible goes back into the community or is passed on as a deal to you for booking an opportunity abroad. They locate the cheapest and best volunteer abroad programs doing the hard for you; so all you have to do is search the website and compare. Some of these programs even pay you for your help. And they are more than happy to assist vegan philanthropists by providing resources for local vegan fare. Opportunities you’ll have to choose from are incredibly diverse; you can work with children teaching English, or in animal welfare, or build communities. They also have a yearly membership option that passes benefits and exclusive deals onto you for joining.