These vegan vacations (holidays if you’re in the UK!) are ideal if you prefer to find something more niche, than just going on a ‘normal break’ and searching around for vegan food. From walking holidays to B & Bs to alternatives to Airbnb, here are some nice finds! Read these articles at Responsible Tourism and National Geographic on how to be an animal-friendly tourist.
Where to Find Vegan Hotels & Guesthouses
- Vegan Welcome lists vegan-friendly hotels worldwide. You can also filter for organic and business hotels, pet-friendly, beach resorts, hiking hotels, city trips and wintersports.
- Veggie Hotels lets you explore the right plant-based break for you – from a cosy B & B in the mountains to stylish yoga treats and luxury breaks. The book Veggie Hotels (2021) serves up over 50 veggie hotels and guest houses, that have joined the website’s label. From a Tuscan country estate to a wellness resort in Bali, and from a vegan surf camp to an urban design hotel. Each hotel has text in English and German, with practical info and great photos (above).
A Vegan Alternative to Airbnb
VegVisits is the vegan version of Air BNB, where you stay in the homes of other vegans. Book unique accommodation in over 80 countries, or become a host to earn some money (vetting applies). Costs less usually (because vegans tend to support other vegans!) and often the fridge is full with tasty treats on arrival, and details of the best local vegan eateries. Some hosts offer extras like 3-course dishes or yoga classes.
Helpers for Vegan Tourists
The Vegan Travel Handbook is a beautifully designed book by Lonely Planet. As well as tips on vegan tours, festivals and food trucks, you’ll find where to explore:
- Cooking classes in India
- Wildlife watching tours in New Zealand & Ethiopia
- Wild camping by Scandinavian lakes
- Vegan wine-tasting in Italy
- Dancing and dining breaks in Seville
- Amazon rainforest trips to see jaguars
- Spotting the ‘big five’ on African safaris
- Mountain trekking in Cambodia
- Supping rum cocktails in the Cayman Islands
- Exploring Australia’s East Coast
- A DIY Doughnut tour on USA’s west coast
- If you dine out a lot, then check out VegDining Card (a discount card worldwide for participating restaurants) and Vanilla Bean App (which lists local eateries worldwide, with details and reviews).
- The Vegan Passport is regularly updated, and includes phrases to use when abroad (includes pictures, if you get stuck). Covering over 96% of the world’s population, there’s an app version too and the new edition boasts 79 languages including Hausa, Igbo, Xhosa and Zulu!
Vegan Vacations & Travel Agents
- Joyful Vegan Trips are led by best-selling vegan cookbook author and animal welfare campaigner/writer Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. They are not all walking holidays, but some are – one upcoming trip in northern Italy explores the mountains and includes walking tour of Verona (Romeo & Juliet territory) and Venice. Colleen handles all the meals and itinerary and you also get trips to vetted animal sanctuaries, shelters and rescue centres.
- Responsible Travel is a UK travel agent that lists over 30 vegan walking holidays worldwide. Many involve walking holidays in the Austrian alps, or similar. This is based at a family chalet, where you get yoga classes thrown in!
- Vegan Adventure Holidays offers vacations to Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatamala, among other countries. Again, not all the breaks are walking but many are (you can hike for 3 days through the jungle in Colombia, or visit Mayan burial sites, or even climb an active volcano and toast vegan marshmallows at the top!
- World Vegan Travel offers luxury trips worldwide, with plant-based meals, often overseen by expert hosts. Everything is included from hotels to restaurants to local guides, with each trip run according to your ethics and compassionate choices.
- Vegan Travel Agent is a great website to find holidays worldwide. There are three budges to choose from: Backbacker’s Budget (low), I only have one week of PTO (mid) and ‘Alfred, grab my coat!’ (high).
- Veg Jaunts & Journeys offers small group tours (they can also arrange vegan vacations and honeymoons), which include supporting local restaurants, food tours and cooking schools. Visiting animal sanctuaries where possible, single travellers also pay no more, as you’re buddied up with a fellow new vegan friend!
- Vegan Travel Asia offers off-the-beaten-track holidays to explore the amazing cultures of the East: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Bali, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Sumatra and Cambodia.
The Best Vegan Travel Blogs
- The Nomadic Vegan is your go-to source for vegan travel tips, around the world. Find country, city and regional guides, and also read Wendy’s books, available on site.
- Roaming Vegans is a beautiful and informative blog by two long-term travellers on a mission to map out a vegan world. The site offers inspiration and help to vegan travelers and digital nomads, including travel guides worldwide, to highlight the best travel experiences.
- Veggie Visa has heaps of posts including the best eating in major cities around the world, along with a downloadable e-book of vegan eats, if you are visiting the beautiful city of Prague in the Czech Republic (ideal reading in what is not the most vegan-friendly of areas – Eastern Europe).
- Justin & Lauren is a nice site from a Canadian plant-based couple who are slowly making their way around the world. They love outdoor adventures, exploring nature and visiting cities and small towns. Passionate about eco travel and responsible wildlife tourism, check out their sister site Ontario Hiking.
- Veggie Vagabonds is a good site for adventurers, with posts on hiking around the world, and tips on finding the best mountaineering boots to camping food choices. He was a bartender and she was a disco dancer (!). Their eyes met and now they run this blog!
- Vegan On Board is a popular recipe blog from a couple who travel around in their campervan. So many of their recipes are designed for cooking in a van, and there are also plenty of campfire recipes too.