It’s about time somebody thought of this. Of course, I didn’t think of it, either. An article this weekend on one of my favorite sites, the Mother Nature network, introduced me to a great new vacation option, just in time for summer.
VegVoyages is an eco-sustainable-vegetarian-vegan travel company. Say that several times. The company is run by owners committed to traveling responsibly, making little negative impact on the communities they visit and even seeking out ways to make a positive one. This is not your typical, all-inclusive group tour.
All Groups are Small and Travel Sustainably
The tours, which are limited to Asia and India (for now) are designed just for vegetarians and vegans. All meals and accommodations are included, but you won’t see any chains on your trip. VegVoyages books stays with small, family-owned inns, cabins and beach cottages to support small, sustainable industry.
Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants are Highlighted
VegVoyages doesn’t just visit vegetarian-friendly restaurants, it seeks out actual vegan and vegetarian places, which is huge for vegetarians. One of the few problems with traveling when you are vegetarian or vegan is that you leave behind all of your reliable restaurants and finding a good place to eat can be hard-especially in a country where you can’t read the menu.
A Chance to Go Somewhere Great and Do Something Great, Too
One of the things that really stands out about VegVoyages is that they don’t just travel sustainably while visiting these communities, they also support them financially. As their website says:
An underlining commitment of VegVoyages is to actively support grassroots animal rights and social organizations that make a difference in the communities we travel to. Whether it is a hospital for local street animals, a rural village school, an orphanage, a refuge and rehabilitation center for abused and exploited animals or an organization that helps those with disabilities who otherwise could not afford it — when you join a VegVoyages adventure, you are helping to make a difference as part of the cost of everyone of our adventures goes directly to these groups and their causes.”
Summer vacations are right around the corner. Maybe this summer we’ll skip the amusement park and take a trip that’s not only good for us, but good for the destinations we visit!