Why vegan travel and what the hell is vegan travel anyway?
Good question – whilst many people nowadays think deeply about the products they buy, the food they eat and the businesses they support so as to encourage cruelty free practices and to “do our bit” for the environment and animals.. travel options rarely come into this thought process. Maybe it’s because we have the mindset that we’re going on a holiday so lets just “take a break”, leave reality behind for a while and just indulge ourselves. Well of course we do and you know what, we DESERVE to have time out – we all work hard, have crazy schedules and commitments coming out of our ears so taking time out for ourselves is super important. But you know what… taking a holiday and finding out that the destination I chose, or the restaurant I went to, or the products I purchased, or the tour I took was deeply connected with human or animal exploitation, with environmental degradation or copious waste.. really puts a bummer on the holiday mojo for me. I work hard to do the right thing as often as possible by the earth and it’s inhabitants, so taking a holiday that is in complete conflict with how I like to live my life leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.
That’s why I’m psyched to see that more and more travel options are popping up for the conscious consumer… from Eco-tourism, to volunteering, to vegan restaurants, healing retreats and animal sanctuary’s… there are some great things we can do and enjoy whilst taking that much needed holiday, that gives back just as much as we take. That’s why I wanted to create a list of vegan friendly holiday destinations/resources… because if it’s vegan friendly, it’s definitely going to be animal friendly… and 9/10 it’s going to be local community friendly, environmentally friendly, and mind & body friendly.
So, for all of us who want to feel good beyond the holiday (and that’s all of us!) I have begun creating a list of vegan travel resources and destinations on my Facebook group – “Australian Complete Vegan Product List”. You can see the growing list here.
I’ve also blogged about a few in more detail right here on this site. I did this because these ones really appeal to me and I thought you may want to know about them too.. I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts on them. 🙂 I will be adding to this list from time to time – so if you do find my ramblings interesting, you can subscribe to the feed to be notified of any new posts.
Let’s work together
If you know of any great vegan friendly holiday destinations, accommodation, tours, packages, etc… please join our Facebook group and post your suggestions under the travel destinations category, or leave your feedback here in the comments section of this post. This will be an evolving and growing list for all to use and participate in, and I hope that together, we can make a truly comprehensive and helpful “cruelty free” travel guide, that is good for us and the wider world we live in and above all, embraces compassionate and mindful choices.
Now….. where did I put my suitcase? 😀