Vegan Cruise, Should You or Shouldn't You by Megan Griffith on VeganTravel.com

In 2015, I embarked on my first solo-travel-for-pleasure adventure via the Holistic Holiday at Sea vegan cruise—you know, the one that’s always advertised in VegNews Magazine! I had seen the ads year after year and when I got my first bonus check after grad school, I decided it was time to treat myself! On the surface, the experience was overall enjoyable and fulfilling. As I reflect back on the cruise, however, I have mixed feelings.

First Impressions

As I waited in the airport for my connecting flight to Miami, I was sitting beside a woman with a yoga mat in her carry-on. The odds weren’t necessarily that much in my favor, but I figured I’d ask if she was headed to the same cruise. Indeed, she was. When we landed in Miami, we shared a taxi to the port and I was comforted to know that there would be at least one semi-familiar face during my trip.

As we first boarded the ship, the fact that half the passengers were omnivores travelling not as a part of the Holistic Holiday At Sea caught me off guard. It turns out, the Holistic Holiday at Sea group, though growing in size each year, was only a portion of the ship’s passengers. Well, that squashed my dreams of a meat-free vacation. Our first meal in the buffet was a crowded and unpleasant experience—I was starving and forced to wait in line with the many other vegan passengers at the small, designated vegan section of the buffet while I saw (and smelled) rotting flesh abound. This, I must confess, was a terrible disappointment.Holistic Holiday at Sea

As for the ship, the room was pleasant and the public spaces were well-kept. And I found the staff to be super friendly. No complaints, really. I have only ever been on one other cruise, and it was a major line, so I recognized that this smaller ship wouldn’t have all the same amenities. Nevertheless, it held its own.

The Meals

While the open dining buffet and other ship restaurants offered some (but limited) vegan options, the Holistic Holiday at Sea group had a designated dining hall. Each meal comprised of multiple courses in this dining hall. It was a great opportunity to meet others from the group. Without assigned seating, I actually made quite a few friends from these meals alone.

The food, however, was largely disappointing. The presentation was always spectacular. Sadly, with a few exceptions, the flavor was bland. Portions were fairly small as well. If I were to eat at the buffet, I could grab more food and wider variety. But I was curious to see what the chefs would prepare. Lesson learned: count on the buffet for comforting, satiating meals.

Holistic Holiday at Sea food

Programs and Activities

I am without a doubt a #veganfortheanimals vegan. My primary motivation is to reduce animal suffering. The workshops and activities offered by the Holistic Holiday at Sea were largely health- and fitness-oriented. In fact, I think I personally met only 3 or so other vegans (of the entire group!) who were “ethical vegans” rather than plant-based for their health. I really wish  animal welfare or environmental topics were incorporated into the Holistic Holiday at Sea program. Without this, I ended up skipping most of the planned activities. I did, however, participate in some of the excursions.

Excursions

The Holistic Holiday at Sea program lets you select group-specific excursions, which I joined for two of the ports of call. The first, in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, took guests to a fabulous restaurant with a spectacular view. The food was prepared locally and was so flavorful! This excursion included an afternoon climbing the Dunns River Falls.

Ocho Rios Holistic Holiday at Sea

The meal and scenery of our meal at the Ocho Rios port in Jamaica

The second Holistic Holiday at Sea excursion I joined was in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. A bus drove participants to the Ruins of Tulum. I must say, the food during this excursion was disappointing. Whereas the Jamaican excursion supplied local fare, this trip provided guests with soggy subs of bland veggies. I anticipated authentic Mexican food, but left wanting. The experience of the ruins, on the other hand, was breathtaking.

Tulum Ruins

Tulum Ruins in Mexico

Community

My favorite part of the trip, I must say, was meeting so many new vegans. I ended up connecting with some people from my hometown, who I still see and spend time with, and I met a handful of others who I stay in touch with via Facebook. I even met Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, the author of my favorite cookbook: Color Me Vegan! The morning we anchored at the Cayman Islands, I met two wonderful ladies—Gloria and Elaine (from Canada)—who offered to venture ashore with me, so I wouldn’t have to go alone. They were so sweet and I shared my favorite meal of the trip with them at a seafood restaurant (of all places) called The Lobster Pot. On our last port of call, I spent the day with another new friend, Mayra (from Mexico) and it was so fascinating to learn about the vegan journeys of others. During the ship’s planned evening outings (like ice cream socials, pizza parties, and dance parties), I met Annabelle (from Australia), Eddie (from California), and Eric (who was living just outside Baltimore at the time).

Friends made on the Holistic Holiday at Sea

I met so many amazing vegans on the ship. One friend, however, Eddie, is missing! We never did get a photo!

The Troubling Truth

Environmental Impact

I tried to do research to understand the environmental impact, recognizing that cruise travel typically isn’t the ‘greenest’. From the website, it would seem that the cruise line was very conscious of its footprint, and went so far as to call itself an “eco-friendly cruise company.” I felt assured in my decision. I came to realize that my research was too shallow. Apparently, MSC Cruises is ranked among the worst cruise lines for its negative environmental impact. The Friends of the Earth has consistently given MSC an ‘F’ Grade, with bad marks for sewage treatment, air pollution, and transparency, while no information was provided on water treatment. I am ashamed that I made a rash decision without seeking the right information. But that’s not the worst of it.

Staff Mistreatment

As if a negative environmental impact wasn’t bad enough, it later came to my attention that MSC is a notoriously horrific employer. Conditions of employment are “slave-like,” and the hosts of The Bearded Vegans podcast share the experience of a friend who spoke to the staff, specifically probing about their treatment, to learn about the terrible situations they were trapped in. It’s shameful. I suppose I had too much trust in a “vegan” organization to have done this sort of research for its customers. Alas, at this point, the whole thing just disgusts me.

Should You Join a Vegan Cruise?

I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t get anything out of this trip. My experience was incredibly rewarding, and I booked this trip at a time when it wasn’t uncommon for me to excuse a taste of that one chocolate chip cookie in the office break room, or the slice of cheese pizza that my husband was about to toss out. The trip reaffirmed my commitment to veganism, to the animals, and to myself. I met new lifelong friends. I also found an opportunity to hit “reset,” having just finished a stressful period of life (grad school!).

All that being said, the food wasn’t anything to write home about, and learning about the environmental and social impacts of my trip has been absolutely devastating. Holistic Holiday at Sea isn’t the only vegan cruise option out there; and so, given the options, I’d recommend searching around to find an alternative that might be better for the planet and our fellow human inhabitants.

 

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Vegan Pizza Takes Over the Gulf

In the Arab Gulf, we have ample access to authentic Indian cuisine and an array of Mediterranean delights, but there is nothing more affirming to the vegan palate than a proper vegan pizza. We’re not talking about the cheese-less veg […]

24 Hours in Bahrain

Bahrain is a tiny archipelago that is often overlooked. You can drive the width and breadth of the island in a few hours and scuttle to its most distant island in about 45 minutes. Other than being a former residence […]

Vegan food and animal rights in Cuba

What I remember I first visited Cuba around the year 2003. I spent one month studying at the University of La Habana and had some time to visit Trinidad and Pinar. I was a vegetarian back then, so finding something to […]

The 4 most amazing breakfast cafes in Canggu, Bali

Ciao tutti! My name is Britt and I currently live in a trendy place named Canggu in Bali. Its also known as a surfer paradise but in between the palm trees and surf boards you will find the cutest cafes! […]

Sheep Farm – is it Vegan-friendly?

Daegwallyoung Sheep Farm I had the opportunity to visit a sheep farm near Pyeongchang – where the Olympics will be held in 2018 – which is a lovely town in the east side of South Korea. I usually don’t visit […]

Vegan Weekend in San Francisco

When I dream of blue skies, I dream of San Francisco. The city of a thousand views captivates in many ways. My love of walking endlessly from neighborhood to neighborhood began here. My love of wandering from stall to stall […]

Vegan Musician in Seoul – Part II

<Han Gwa Chae> – Insadong 10-gil, 13 Han Gwa Chae is a vegan place that I had kept an eye on for months. Not knowing their break times last winter, I stopped by one day only to find out that it […]

How to say YES to travel

A lot of people say that they can’t afford travel. They have debts to pay. They can’t leave. It’s ok for people who have plenty of money. Or insert any other reason/excuse here. We all make excuses to not do […]

Las Coloradas, where water turns pink …if you are lucky

  Why pink? Las Colaradas is an astonishing location which is part of the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, established in 1979 with the aim of protecting 60,000 hectares of vegetation and hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Despite […]

Panama City- The Ultimate Travel Guide For Vegans

Planning a new trip can be exciting but it also involves a lot of planning and researching. As I vegan I found myself having to use multiple resources to put together what I want to see and do, but also […]

Best Vegan Breakfast in Copenhagen

For many the most important meal of the day, Copenhagen offers a wide range of healthy, decadent breakfast options. Choose your favorite below or visit all of them! 1. Acacia Located in Frederiksberg Acacia opened in 2017 and offers in […]

My favorite markets in La Habana

In La Habana (Havana, Cuba) you won’t find huge supermarkets like the ones we are used to, but local markets are scattered everywhere and are just perfect if you are looking for mango, aguacate, platano, guayaba, malanga…. These are the […]

Conscious Tourism in Venice

On arrival, the uniqueness of Venice hits you. It is a special place and you’ll be wowed by its magic. Dizzy yourself by winding through the alleyways, meandering along canals and posing on quaint bridges. Yes, it is all so romantic. This is Venice. The […]

Swimming with turtles in Akumal (México): an ethical choice?

When I first heard about Akumal bay I was thrilled at the idea of visiting a place where I could swim with free and wild turtles. Of course I was concerned about the safety of the animals, I don’t really […]

Cleveland: Animal Liberation

Like many Americans and societies around the world, we subscribe to the eating habits of the majority. I had rarely ran into anyone that did not consume meat and animal byproducts growing up. I did, however, see a strong connection […]

Vegan in Paris, France

April 2016 During a family vacation to France, I was glad to find a vegan restaurant in walking distance from our hotel. I was aware that many non-vegan items such as diary products and meats are a staple in French […]

Vegan in Brooklyn, NY

Throughout my experience living a vegan lifestyle, I have made adjustments to be more in line with the philosophy. The definition of veganism means to live without the exploitation of animals for any purpose. In this recent video, I traveled […]

U.S. Vegan Dining Recap

As you know the vegan lifestyle is quite personal and a unique way to live given our historical relationship with animals with regard to clothing and diet. This online platform to share our vegan-specific travel experiences is wonderful. I have […]

My stay among donkeys in Asturias, Spain

Decided not to stay in France too long after my return from Asia, with the desire to learn spanish, I went at the end of July in Asturias, a small mountainous region of northern Spain, to spend five weeks at […]

Eating vegan overseas

You’ve just mastered eating vegan at home and now you have to try and find vegan food in a foreign country? Sounds impossible right? Wrong. It may take a few tweaks, but I promise you it IS possible to find […]

A Vegan in Bolivia: My experience in the Uyuni Salt Flats

The first time I saw a photograph of the Uyuni salt flats on a travel page I told myself that one day I had to go there. It was a place that seemed out of this world with colored lakes […]

Ridge 2 Reef – Living In Harmony: An Eco-Voluntour

it takes 20 years for a Pawikan mother to return to its birthplace to lay its eggs, but industrialization and the boom in tourism makes it harder for them to return to its birthplace, because of strong lights at night […]

Vegan Joyride Philippines

Being invited to a trip where we would be visiting some well talked about vegan restaurants south of Manila, and while doing so we would also be going to Bantakay falls, thinking of the good food we would be having […]

“What is the point of life without meat and cheese” Istanbul and Turkish Airlines

We found eating in Istanbul slightly harder than we first thought, especially because we had a short time in Istanbul and centered ourselves in the old city, while most of the vegan restaurants are in the new town. If you […]

Turin – Italy’s Vegan City

Ever since mayor Chiara Appendino pledged to make her city more vegan friendly, the city of Turin was at the top of my travel bucket list. Turin is a northern Italian city of the Piedmont region, which is often famed […]

Why Solo Travel is My Favorite Way to See the World

I definitely remember there was a time when the thought of doing anything alone seemed so isolating, and almost shameful. “Why don’t they just order carry out?” I’d ask my mom about the people dining alone in restaurants, as if […]

Vegan Feasting at Train Stations

Train stations, airports, highways. Those in between places. The hours you spend waiting in travel purgatory. You really need something to look forward to. And that something is food. Waiting increases appetite (I’m sure that is a scientific fact). Early morning […]

Should You Lower Your Raw Percentage when Traveling? (Part 2)

As promised, here are some tips on how to eat as much raw food when traveling, as well as how to stay sane and still enjoy your trip in spite of eating more cooked food than you usually do. -Travel […]

Bristol-Bath-Oxford-Gatwick Airport (UK) vegan travelling

Bristol (UK) is my home town so I was very excited to come home after 8 months and see my friends and family. It is surprisingly hard to sightsee in your home town! The sights we did see were Bristol […]

Where to eat as a vegan in London, UK? (answer many many places!)

London has many places to eat for vegans, and I was very eager to come back to London and try as many places as possible! We had two days of restaurant tasting and sight seeing. It is impossible to see […]

Should You Lower Your Raw Percentage when Traveling? (Part 1)

I love raw food, but I also love to travel. Ay, there’s the rub. If traveling as a cooked vegan isn’t challenging enough, try traveling as a raw vegan. If you’re fully raw then this post isn’t for you, although […]

Explore Munich and Bavaria

Located in the German Free State of Bavaria, Munich is the state’s capital and center for its arts and political climate. Its name is derived from Munchen, or Munichen in Old/Middle High German, which means “Home of the Monks”, because […]

Traveling Vegan on a Budget

You’ve chosen to become a vegan for several reasons, but it might not be because it’s the most inexpensive option. In fact, finding healthy, environmentally conscious foods can sometimes end up costing you more than it would be to eat […]

Explore Khimat

In the corner of a crowded Indian state lies Khimat – a village enriched with cultures of Gujarat and Rajasthan. It’s the most I’ve traveled to visit ancestral lands, and it seemed detached from western existence because of its tranquil […]

Quick trip to Tuscany and Related Eats

I went for a weekend in the countryside of Tuscany, around Cetona and Amiata mountains, where wolves roam free again. Well, we had no signs of wolves even though we saw plenty of roe deers. Instead of enjoying wildlife though, […]

Latvia and Lithuania: Vegan Eating and Sightseeing Part 2

Part 2 Vilnius, Lithuania We took the Eurolines bus (€17) from Riga to Vilnius. It took four hours, and with free wifi the time went by relatively quickly. The hotel we stayed in was the Artagonist hotel that had Lithuanian […]

Across Nicaragua in a Month

Welcome to all that I learned traveling solo for a month in Nicaragua! I’ve been vegan for almost 3 years, and have traveled within Canada and the USA, and to Vietnam – but I wasn’t sure what to expect in […]

Latvia and Lithuania: Vegan Eating and Sightseeing Part 1

Part 1 Riga, Latvia I have been told many times that Riga is beautiful, and perhaps the most beautiful of the Baltic Countries! I went to Tallinn, Estonia earlier this year, so I booked a trip to Riga, Latvia to […]

5 Ways You Can Make Your Road Trip More Vegan-Friendly

Taking a road trip is often hard enough as it is, let alone trying to find vegan options that you can eat along the way. Between planning where you are going to stay and where you want to go (like […]

Flower Burger – Hippie burgers in Milan

Milan seems to be the black sheep of Italy. Yeah, no one seems to have anything positive to say about it. Nothing negative either, simply that it’s nowhere near as exciting as Rome and Florence (which totally blew us away […]

Best Vegan Food in Manchester

In May, I flew from Toulouse to Manchester to be an au pair for the summer. It’s here, in Manchester, that I decided to make the switch from being a vegetarian for almost 3 years to being a vegan. Why […]

An Australian road trip

In June 2017, my boyfriend and I packed into our JUCY campervan. We were on a two-week road trip down the East coast on the ultimate Australian road trip. Born and raised in northern Queensland, neither of us had ever […]

Goodness in Greece!

Hi all! Welcome to Part 3/3 of our Vegan Travel Blogs in Europe. Today is all about Greece! I am going to be covering all of the delicious food we found in both Santorini and Athens. We both didn’t speak […]

How to be Vegan on an All-Inclusive Turkish Holiday

I have just spent a week in an all-inclusive resort in Fethiye, Turkey at TUI Sensatori Resort Fethiye. The weather was pure sunshine, with no clouds in the sky and +30C! There were also turtle eggs on the beach (protected in […]

Vegan Musician in Seoul – Part 1

Vegan and Music, in Seoul. Until now, all my posts have been about vegan restaurants and food, but in this entry, I wanted to include some reviews of music performances that I saw in Korea. Hopefully, you could make your […]

In Love With Italy!

Hi all! Welcome to Part 2/3 of our European Vegan Travel Blogs! This post is going to be very long so I apologise in advance. Italy was the country we spent most of our time in so we have much […]

Chinese Sweets: Naturally Vegan

It is in China – a country free of the “dessert” concept – that I developed my sweet-tooth. Overdoing it, just a bit. The idea of “dessert” is uncommon as ending a meal with something sweet is not a habit. […]

Museum Hopping & Vegan Travels in Stockholm

One of the perks of having a husband who works for a foreign company is that he sometimes get to travel to the head office. He normally only stays a few days, but when he told me that he was […]

Our favourite food in Myanmar

The countries that border Myanmar, especially India, China and Thailand, have influenced Burmese cuisine, so what a treat it was to try all of the amazing offerings. When we first arrived in Myanmar we had no idea what to expect […]

London & Oxford Vegan Eats!

Hi all! London was incredible! I am so happy and excited to share with you Part 1/3 of our June European Vegan Travel Blogs. Thank you to Vegan Travel for providing us with free t-shirts and stickers to represent them […]

How to Eat Vegan in China

Eating vegan in China is easier than expected. Dairy is not part of traditional ingredients so, unless you pick a westernized place, there will almost be no risk of incurring in any. Eggs are easy to avoid while getting meat-less dishes […]

A Pleasure to Travel Together

Why hello, there! I am so excited about the opportunity to share my experiences and stories on VeganTravel. Here, so many inspiring individuals share their fascinating travels with the world. Before I start blogging about my own wanderings, however, I […]

Favorite Vegan Restaurants In Singapore

Singapore has become one of my favorite countries for vegan food. The country is beautifully multicultural, and one can find an abundance of so many different cuisines, varying from Chinese to Malay, Indian, Indonesian and Western. Singapore was named the […]

Nashville, Vegan in the South

When someone says Nashville you usually think country music, not vegan food.  When I lived there (almost 10 years ago now)  it was definitely heavy on the former and light on the latter.  I recently went back to visit some […]

Eating Vegan in Georgia

When one thinks of Georgia, they think peaches, the deep South, and the Braves. But there is another Georgia that we’ve discovered, and it is pretty vegan friendly. Georgia is a country in the Caucasus region of Europe that used […]

Love in Langkawi!

Hi all! Welcome to my latest vegan travel post! We spent a magical ten days on our maplemoon (honeymoon) swimming under waterfalls, cycling through rice fields, kayaking through mangroves, indulging in daily beach walks and trekking through jungles in the […]

The Beet Retreat!

In May 2016, Francis and I stayed at The Beet Retreat (a 100% vegan & cruelty-free homestead) up in the Yarra Valley for our 3 year anniversary/my birthday! When we arrived, we were shown into our Treetops Room which was […]

Eating Vegan in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Although Puerto Vallarta is not our favourite Mexican destination, it’s a good place to begin our travels-plus it has some great vegan restaurants! Our world wanderings pretty much revolve around us stuffing our faces with good food, or cuddling animals, […]

Tasty Taiwan!

Hi all! I am now back from Taiwan and so excited to share all of my plant-based finds with you. First off, let me state that being a vegan in Taiwan is incredibly EASY! Due to the primary religion being Buddhism, […]

3rd Vegan Fest in Seoul

<3rd Vegan Fest in Seoul!> On May 21st, I finally experienced my very first vegan festival. I had only heard about how great they were, so I had been waiting forever for this day. That morning, I put on my […]

Vegan in Phuket, Thailand

Thailand is known for being a heaven on earth for vegans, but there are areas that are far more vegan-friendly than others. Phuket, Thailand is one of the areas of Thailand that I realized was not very vegan-friendly, but yet […]

The First Ethical Elephant Sanctuary in Phuket

There are so many reasons why we chose to visit Thailand this year. Besides the fact that Thailand has been one of the top places in our list to visit, one of the main reasons was the recent airfare price […]

Cruelty Free in Cairns!

Hi all! As promised, here is our guide to eating Cruelty Free in Cairns! There were so many options which made it incredibly easy to eat vegan in tropical North QLD! DAY 1 – ARRIVAL! At the airport, we snacked on dates, […]

Rock Concerts, the Oldest City in the US, & a Lot of Food! – A Trip to Florida

Ok so normally I travel a lot in my country, but this time a group of 7 friends! decided to go to a concert in Jacksonville, Florida, and since we were going to fly to Orlando and rent a car, […]

Eating is the Easy Part

I can always live on rice and fruit for a while, but coming to terms with a violent world can be an unbearable challenge. When people ask me about traveling they often ask if I’m still going to be vegan […]

Vegan in Québec City

Québec City is the capital of the Province of Québec, and I can assure you that it is one of the most charming places to visit in Canada. People are extremely polite and generous, and the scenery is exquisite. Of […]

Zighy Bay: A Sustainable Oasis

The forgotten enclave of Musandam is separated from the main peninsula of Oman by the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates. Known for jaw-dropping fjords and seaside views of the Hajar mountain range, the region is also home to […]

First Month in Thailand as a Vegan Teacher

Sa wadee ka! Jessie here- formally known as teacher Jessie here in Thailand. I’ve embarked on the journey of a lifetime, teaching English- and other subjects. With absolutely no experience back home and a short 3 week course in Hua […]

Guide to Vegan Eating in Iceland (and Other Tips)

Iceland has been on my bucket list for a very long time, and finally in February 2017 I went! However, I travelled to Iceland filled with excitement but also fear that the only things to eat were shark and whale! […]

Un Séjour Vegan à Paris (A Vegan Sojourn in Paris)

I recently arrived in the Charles de Gaulle Airport ready to spend a few days exploring Paris.  I have visited the city quite a few times in the past, but it had been a while since I spent more than a […]

Vegan in Taipei, Taiwan

I have been taken by surprise once again by a city that I expected to have to hunt down vegan options, when in reality, I had way too many places to visit in the week that I spent there. Taipei […]

Tips for Vegan Explorers!

Today I wanted to share with you mine and Francis’s top tips for travelling as a vegan. It is really important not to be put off from exploring our beautiful planet Earth just because you think finding vegan food will be a […]

What to Know Before Visiting Phuket, Thailand

I feel like there are a few things that we should chat about if you’re thinking about going to Phuket to get the Thailand experience. I don’t want you to book an expensive ticket around the world thinking Phuket is […]

Hanoi’s Best (Vegan) Street Food

How I managed to get behind the scenes, and see how Hanoi’s most delicious vegan street food is made. Upon arriving in Vietnam I had essentially no plan, or idea of what I was doing, except I knew the first couple […]

6 months with VeganTravel

In 225 days, and with the incredible support of the team at VeganTravel, we have visited 18 countries all over this incredible planet. Cody and I began in Rome, Italy eating our way through the world’s best gelato, and pizza, […]

Top 10 Melbourne Vegan Eats!

Hi there! I love doing travel posts as it provides plant-based readers with the confidence to explore. There will be more to come in the next couple of months but for today, I want to share my Top 10 Vegan […]

Touring Toronto Together

Early April, my companion and I traveled to Toronto, Canada. It was my first time visiting the city and so we made sure to visit popularized areas leaving room for exploration.  Although my partner is not vegan, he is open […]

Vegan in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia is a prime example of being constantly blown away by the accessibility of vegan options anywhere in the world. When I booked my flight to Siem Reap, I was not expecting to be overwhelmed with too many […]

A Night to Remember in Bo.lan Bangkok

Bangkok has so much to offer in terms of vegan cuisine that it’s no wonder it’s been consistently named as one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world by several travel websites. It wasn’t hard at all to find […]

Travelling Thailand with Friends and Family

After 5 and a half months of an amazing journey around the world with Vegan Travel, Cody and I made our way back to Thailand where we were graced with the awesome presence of my cousins Aaron and Isaac, and […]

Staying Healthy While Travelling: Berlin

I prefer eating healthy food and during my travels I try to eat as healthy as possible. For sure I also eat some junk food and sweets but the best I feel is when I eat fresh meals. Berlin is […]

Exploring Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cambodia is a country that has suffered greatly, and still the people wear warm welcoming smiles. The genocide perpetrated by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge almost completely devastated the Khmer people and culture, but still they are here, and […]

Cambodia and Vietnam For Vegans!

Hi There! We are back from our whirlwind adventure throughout Vietnam & Cambodia! As promised, I will highlight our favourite spots to eat & do my best to make it easy being vegan in a foreign land! To ensure this post isn’t […]

Plant Based in the U.S.A!

In October 2014, Francis and I journeyed from Melbourne to America and explored various regions from the East to West Coast. We were a little concerned before we left that we would have trouble finding vegan food for breakfast, lunch […]

Khmer Rouge of Cambodia

The bus ride from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is about 6 hours, and worth the ride if you plan on visiting the Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Prison Camp. It is important to learn about the Khmer Rouge genocide […]

Philippines Vegan Language Guide

As vegan travelers, communication means everything, especially in countries where English is not widely-spoken, or where veganism is not well-known. As visitors, it’s our responsibility to prepare for any language barriers to avoid accidentally eating something non-vegan. In countries where […]

Sabah – Kota Kinabalu – Island of Borneo

At Kuala Lumpur airport we got a flight to Kota Kinabalu. From the airport there are public buses (5RM) to town. Kota Kinabalu or simply called KK is the capital of Sabah, located in the Island of Borneo on the west coast. Borneo is all about its […]

Koh Phangan Vegan Food

Koh Phangan had the potential to be such a beautiful island for us, but unfortunately our week there was spent indoors due to our bad timing with the weather. We spent most nights powerless in our bungalow and most days […]

Forest Haven!

In May 2015, Francis and I went to stay at Forest Haven which is an all Vegan, Eco-Friendly Bed & Breakfast situated two hours out of Melbourne in the heart of the beautiful Pyrenees Region. It was such a peaceful […]

A Day in The Pearl, Qatar

Though I’ve lived in the Arabian Gulf for five years, visiting Qatar never interested me. When I hear any mention of the world’s richest nation, I think of anti-simplicity and wasteful abundance.  However, the opportunity to reunite with old friends […]

Vegan in Montréal – Winter Chapter

Salut, tout le monde!  For my third blog, I wanted to put together a nice list of vegan places that you can visit in Montreal. I have actually lived here for two years now, but I happen to discover a […]

Gomacro, Kyoto

Where to go in Kyoto It had to be fate. We booked our Airbnb in Kyoto quite a while ago because we would be arriving in the busy cherry blossom season (Sakura). When the blossoms start to bloom, Japan is […]

Vegan Portugal, Where to Eat (Guide)

Being a vegetarian/vegan in Portugal is not easy, especially if you are traveling relying mostly on restaurants and cafes. The restaurants, have usually 4 main options in their menu (not very vegan friendly) : appetisers, fish, meat, and desserts. however […]

Vegan in Havana

I was so excited and looking forward to our vacation in Havana, Cuba! I knew before our trip that one aspect we needed to research was plant based food. I’m vegan; a quick explanation to those of you who haven’t […]

Favorite Vegan Restaurants in Manila, Philippines

Metro Manila is composed of several cities including the capital city of Manila, Quezon City, Makati, San Juan, Pasig, and others. On Happy Cow, there are 52 vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Metro Manila. While there are many I have […]

Vegan Traveler: MiLisa from Cleveland

Hello everyone! My name is MiLisa, a native of Cleveland, OH. I am glad to be a part of the VeganTravel Community. I transitioned to veganism in December 2013 and have enjoyed the journey since. It is a constant effort […]

Traveling to Koh Phangan from Chiang Mai

It’s much easier to get to the islands of Thailand from inland than I thought, and cheaper than I was expecting! We knew we wanted to either go to Ko Samui or Koh Phangan and luckily they both take the […]

42Raw, Copenhagen

Been wanting to try 42Raw in Copenhagen since I’ve been here! And by the way, I’ve been here for over 3 months! Going back home to the U.S. in a month and a few days. It’s crazy that this experience […]

Vegan Festivals In The Philippines

2016 was a big year for veganism in the Philippines. Two of the very first vegan festivals took place and I was able to make it to both. Here’s when you can find them in 2017: VegFest Pilipinas: November 2017 […]

Our time in Phnom Penh and Kampot

It is only a 6 hour bus ride from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, so there are no excuses not to visit if you have the time. We spent 5 nights in Phnom Penh just walking around the city, visiting […]

Mini-Vegan Tour of Vancouver

When you live somewhere, it’s very easy to get caught up in the little things and forget what a great place you live in.  The other day I met a friend downtown for lunch.  I don’t work downtown, and most […]

Favorite Vegan Restaurants In Makati, Philippines

Filipino cuisine is often seen as being animal-heavy. I grew up in a Filipino household – and it’s partly true. When I first became vegan, I didn’t know any vegan Filipinos, nor did my friends or relatives. It wasn’t until […]

What if Meat Was Illegal?

At first I thought it was a just a legend. I had heard of it in a late night conversation with a fellow volunteer at an elephant sanctuary in rural Thailand. Somewhere in India, the story goes, is a city […]

How to Eat Vegan in Hawaii

Hello everyone, this will be my first Blogpost here on VeganTravel and I am so grateful for being a part of this great Community! The last weeks I have been to Hawaii and I discovered so many nice places. Hawaii […]

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary – Ethical?

Vegan food, culture, and elephants are probably the top three reasons Marissa and I had Thailand at the top of our list for this trip. Our trip to Thailand wouldn’t have been complete without spending time with elephants, but if […]

Vegan in Seoul, Korea

An-nyoung ha seyo!  My 10-day trip to Seoul in January actually turned out to be much better than I had imagined (vegan-wise). In December, my parents suddenly suggested that we go to Seoul to visit our relatives for the New […]

Housesitting in Singapore

How to do Singapore on a budget: find a housesit, because friends, it is not cheap here. While planning our travels with VeganTravel, Singapore was on our list, but for only 2 or 3 days, which would have been doable […]

Vegan Eats in Singapore

Singapore was chosen primarily because we ended up getting a dog and cat sitting gig in the city. And because we had animals to care for, and it rained heavily all week, we didn’t see much of Singapore, plus Cody […]

The Best of Vegan Tampa Bay

When I vowed to love my vegan stud for life, Tampa Bay became my second home. Every time I visit, the warm Southern hospitality melts away my frigid New York City exterior by feeding me soul-filling foods. Vegan options in Tampa […]

Our Week in Georgetown, Penang

The ancient cultures of Malays, East Indians, and Chinese, are all present in Georgetown Penang today, and they are what makes this town so rich and vibrant. Whether you spend your days walking, bike riding, or on a tour bus, […]

Eating My Way Around Malaysia

February 1st kicked off the start of an epic one year travel journey in which I will work remotely as a health coach and nurse practitioner and travel as part of a program called Remote Year (RY).  The program makes […]

Vegan in Paris, France

Bonjour!  I am so delighted to start my very first blog on VeganTravel, and I thank all of you for being interested and taking the time to read my blog! Most of the time, the purpose of my travel is […]

The Pesta Chingay Parade of Penang

We touched down in Penang on a hot sunny day, and with no checked baggage, Cody and I were on a city bus to Georgetown in a matter of minutes. While driving through the city, I noticed posters plastered up […]

10 Days in Malta

August 2015 was were it all started for Dean and myself. Our first trip away and where best to start than the beautiful country of Malta. We wanted to visit somewhere hot, with lots of exciting scenic places to explore, […]

Planning a Whistler Getaway

Whistler is one of those places you have to see to really understand how spectacular it is.  I will admit that the fact I live quite close and am surrounded by the mountain views all the time makes me think […]

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Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and a great city for a quick stopover. This metropolis has an incredibly diverse mixture of inhabitants, from Malay, to Indian, to Thai, to Tamil and Chinese as well as quite a few […]

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by Oxana Poberejnaia All roads lead to Tomsk Tomsk is my hometown. It is situated in the forest of Taiga, in the centre of Russia, 4 hours by plane east of Moscow. I was born, raised and educated there until […]

Authentic Balinese Family Homestay – What It’s Really Like

In November 2016 I landed in Southeast Asia, for the first time in my life. Indonesia more specifically. Bali to be exact. Stepping into the dated, stuffy airport terminal felt surreal. I still remember the longing I’d felt when brushing […]

Belfast, Northern Ireland

December 2016 me and my boyfriend travelled to Belfast, Northern Ireland to freeze our butts off in search of as many Game of Thrones locations we could get to in the three days we were there for. Just a bit […]

Vegan Food in Bali!

Eat, Pray, Love: the agenda for our time in Bali, in that order. In The Raw In The Raw was our first place we tried in Canggu. Along the same road we found many health food/holistic shops and other vegan cafes […]

Farm-to-Table Dining in Jamaica

Jamaica’s food scene can be summarized in three words: hot, spicy, and fresh. However, vegan options are usually lacking at the dining table. Instead, curried or spiced meats and seafood dominate the platter, leaving only a few sides animal-free. To […]

Chiang Mai Vegan Guide

Chiang Mai is a low rise city filled with ornate temples and canals. The pace of life is much slower than bustling Bangkok, but it has a charm all its own. In the last 20 years, tourism has transformed this […]

Vegan in Bangkok

Bangkok, or Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit (yes, that is the city’s full ceremonial name) is a sprawling metropolis that can be overwhelming if […]

Vegan Boots in Brighton

Boots are one of the most important thing when you travel in winter. Before I turned vegan I was a fan of dr. Marten’s because they are comfortable and you can use them with all the weathers!   I think […]

A Pit Stop + Eating Our Way Through Providence, RI

During the tail end of last winter, we decided to hit the road for a week over our son’s spring break, with our sights set on Rhode Island, Maine, and Vermont. Traveling by car from Baltimore to the Northernmost state […]

Exploring Four Areas of Bali

We had the smallest idea of what Bali was like before we arrived. We had no idea how big this island was, what each area was good for, how long we should spend in each place or if it was […]

Getting Delhi Belly in India

The joys of travelling. The new experiences, beach bumming, vibrant cultures, diversity, cheap hotels, and the food. Oh the food! But sometimes, it’s more like “ughhh the food”. Cody and I arrived in Delhi strong and healthy on October 13th. […]

Vegan in Auckland, NZ!

New Zealand is known for its incredibly green landscapes and beautiful outdoor sceneries, but I had no idea I was going to run into so many amazing vegan restaurants. From vegan ice cream shops to popular brunch cafés with amazing […]