A vegan travel luxury vacation is the hottest new travel trend. With more and more hotels and restaurants offering 100% animal-free products and experiences, a lot of travelers, especially millennials have embraced veganism in the last few years.
What is Vegan Travel?
Vegan travel pertains to living a vegan lifestyle while away from home, which means living in a way that avoids contributing to any exploitation of animals or cruelty to animals, as much as possible.
Most vegan travelers focus on the food aspect of vegan travel, but there are other factors to consider as well. This can be as conscious as a vegan refraining from using toiletries that have been tested on animals as well as avoiding exploitative animal tourist attractions such as zoos and aquariums and activities such as elephant rides.
How Do Vegans Travel?
Vegans travel in various ways. Some vegans enjoy backpacking while others prefer to pamper themselves by staying in a luxury vegan resort or hopping on one of the popular vegan river cruises.
If you’re new to vegan travel and are a bit nervous about it, you could hire a vegan travel agency to help plan your trip. But if you’re happy to do the planning yourself, vegan independent travel is definitely an option.
However, when traveling, vegans usually read the menu before going to the restaurant or request for the restaurant to veganize a dish. Thus, it is necessary to research the destination you are planning to visit.
According to studies, India seems to be the country with the highest number of vegetarians as a percentage of the country’s total population. The statistics vary, but the percentage of Indians who follow a vegetarian diet is around 30% to 40%. This high percentage can be attributed to cultural and religious factors, as well as economic ones.
What Are the Best Places to Travel to When You’re a Vegan?
While there are many places that are known to be vegan meccas, there are other places (which are often overlooked) with traditional cuisine that happens to be quite vegan-friendly, despite the presence of a strong vegan movement there.
A good example would be Greece where the local cuisine is very plant-based yet many vegans don’t realize just how vegan-friendly the country really is.
Since vegan restaurants are few and far between, and vegan options are rare on restaurant menus, making it easy to miss the selection of vegan options if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
Vegan on the Map, a travel agency that makes traveling easy for vegans and those who want to learn about the lifestyle, ranks each country according to how vegan-friendly it is.
Included in their top five spots are Switzerland, India, Israel, Taiwan, and New Zealand while the least vegan-friendly countries in the world, include Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Venezuela, and Belarus.
Their ranking is based on several factors such as the number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants, the annual meat consumption per capita, and the number of estimated vegetarians and vegans in the country.
What Are the Most Popular Vegan Travel Destinations?
According to several vegan websites, some of the destinations for vegan foodie travel include
Where to Vegan Travel in Europe
Germany is great when it comes to veganism. | Image from Pexels
Warsawm, Poland offers Polish food that is safe to enjoy by vegans! | Image from Pexels
Spain is another well-developed country with an excellent lineup of vegan restaurants. | Image from Pexels
Italian-inspired luxury house and lot in the Philippines is inspired by Positano village in Italy is perfect for the vegan lifestyle. | Image from Pexels
The Big Ben, one of the most recognizable London landmarks and is a fun vegan travel destination! | Image from Pexels
Lisbon, Portunal is a beautiful plave to be. | Image from Pexels
Where to Vigan Travel in USA and Canada
Portland, Oregon boasts of rich history and food culture. | Image from Pexels
Vancouver, Canada is a must when doing luxury vegan travel. | Image from Pexels
If you are looking for a more outdoorsy vegan travel idea, try going to British Columbia. | Image from Pexels
Texas might be known for the best steaks, but in Austin vegan culture is booming. | Image from Pexels
Another Canadian vegan travel destination is the capital itself, Toronto, Canada! | Image from Pexels
Grand Velas, Riviera Nayarit, Mexico (vegan friendly)
Finca Victoria, Puerto Rico, Sandals Resorts, Caribbean (vegan friendly)
Puri Ganesha, Bali, Indonesia
Apoyo Lodge, Nicaragua
Koh Samui, Thailand (vegan friendly)
Agrivilla I Pini, Italy
Luxury Vegan Travel
As the weeks of COVID-19 travel restrictions continue to change, we discovered ourselves spending an increasing amount of time fascinated about the places we’d go when travel becomes a reality again.
Most of our hearts lie in Asia, however, we still have that gentle spot for European cities. As lovers of luxury travel and as passionate supporters of sustainability and cruelty-free vegan travel, the locations we’re longing to return to all supply that unique mix of luxury and superb vegan meals.
Imagine eating vegan waffles or a tofu omelet for breakfast? How about a conventional Southern Indian idli feast or platter of Middle jap delights? And the consuming around the globe journey continues for lunch with everything from calzones with vegan cheese, tacos, sushi, and tofu veg stir-fries with peanut sauce. And for dinner? Nothing is better than vegan fish and chips.
How about staying in the five-star Hilton London Bankside hotel, which has a posh new vegan suite created entirely without animal products. Imagine those cotton carpets and fabrics, plant-based toiletries, and pillows made sans animal feathers.
You will surely be greeted with vegan-friendly elements from the moment you arrive. From the check-in desk to room furniture, they are all upholstered in Piñatex, which is a natural leather alternative made from cellulose fibers extracted from pineapple leaves.
One of the distinct features is the earthy toiletries such as shampoo and conditioners that are made with vegetable extracts, and the minibar that boasts locally-sourced vegan treats like protein powder, energy bars, and fruits.
There is also an all-vegan hotel called the Vegan Lodge, which is located in Turkey. The property has 34 rooms, a gym, a yoga studio, and two swimming pools. Guests can indulge and dine on a plant-based menu with Mediterranean-style cuisine and join in on-site cooking classes. The decor of the said hotel is made with animal-free materials and sustainable and cruelty-free cleaning products.
Is There a Luxury Vegan Group Tour for Vegans?
World Vegan Travel is a luxury group tour company whose owners have been vegans for over 13 years and discovered through their own experiences that vegan travelers didn’t always get the best quality experience for their money when exploring different places.
This was their inspiration in putting up the said group tour company.
Although group travel might not be the top choice for everyone, traveling with like-minded people creates a more relaxing and enjoyable environment for them.
World Vegan Travel spends months working with all of the hotels, restaurants, and cafes on the trips’ itinerary to plan delicious and local-style meals, organized.
But it doesn’t end there. Other aspects of the trip are adapted too, which includes choosing hotels or accommodations with vegan-friendly furnishings and creating the itinerary to include learning about animal conservation in that area.
On some holidays, travel takes over to customize and organize an entire hotel for a group trip.
World Vegan Travel’s previous tours have included Thailand, Vietnam, France, Germany, and Rwanda including a visit to see wild gorillas. They also often partner with popular vegan writers and podcasters on their tours to include vegan-related talks during the trip.
With this, we can see that more and more hospitality and travel companies continue to capitalize on the trend. As the world begins to carry travel restrictions and we start to permit ourselves to plan to get away from all of it, our wish list is quickly turning into our ‘must visit again soon’ listing.
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