Travel Guides: For Yogis & Vegetarians

As a yogi, spiritual seeker, green traveler and/or vegetarian and vegan, where can you stay or vacation and not feel like a stranger in a strange land? Help us build a great resource list for fellow travelers by submitting places you’ve been. Meantime, here’s a few online vacation guides as well as listings of holidays and hotels around the globe. Happy travels!

VACATION GUIDES

1. Online Directory of Yoga Holidays & Vacation Places
http://www.abc-of-yoga.com/yoga-holidays.asp
Go on a Yoga Holiday!  Find and compare the services you are looking for

2. Savvy Vegetarian’s  Online Travel Resource Guide  http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/resources/vegetarian-travel.php

Travel If You Must, Travel Lightly, and Go Green
The way things are these days, with terrorism, global warming, extreme weather, high fuel prices, endangered species, delicate ecosystems, scary governments, and airport security out the wazoo – it’s debatable whether we should travel more than ten miles from our homes – and that on foot or by bicycle. On the other hand, the urge to travel seems to be mapped in the human DNA. So what can you do when you get the itch? Here are a few ideas for socially responsible, green vegetarian travel.

3. Bicycle Beano Vegetarian Cycling Holidays http://www.bicycle-beano.co.uk/

Vegetarian Travel In The UK with Bicycle Beano: ‘Cycling holidays in the idyllic lanes of Wales and the Welsh Borders of England. Delicious vegetarian cuisine, using home-grown organic fruit and vegetables. Friendly non-macho groups. Relaxed atmosphere.’ Clear, detailed information about their bike holidays, and costs. One very useful feature of the site is the currency converter. The prices seem reasonable, even in $US. The lovely pictures and descriptions alone make it worth visiting Bicycle Beano

4. Biotica Eco Tours  http://www.bioticatours.com/

Vegetarian and Vegan Ecotours: Provides vegetarian and vegan-friendly adventure travel for environmentally-minded travelers. ‘Biotica EcoTours hosts nature walks, kayaking trips and outdoor adventures that provide a window to the outside world while respecting and conserving the natural environment on which we all depend. Have fun! Get exercise! Learn more about the wonderful plants and animals that call these wild places their home. Biotica Eco Tours are geared for all skill levels. From Low Gear nature walks, to High Gear ocean paddles, anyone can participate.’
Catskill Animal Sanctuary

5. Catskill Animal Sanctuary  http://www.casanctuary.org/

A 105-acre rescue for abandoned or abused farm animals. The organization encourages the public to meet these amazing, inspiring animals, and also educates on the connection between factory farming/meat eating and environmental, ethical, and health implications. Tours every weekend April-November, and special events all season.

6. PETA’s Best Vegetarian Festivals  http://www.helpinganimals.com/Travel-vegfest.asp?c=vff07bgs

Nothing beats a festival devoted to great vegetarian food and other animal-friendly treats! The U.S. has a bounty of fun-filled festivals that celebrate living la vida vegetarian. After searching far and wide for the best vegetarian festivals in the country, we’ve compiled our picks here

7. Porto Club: Vegetarian and Vegan Tours and Cooking Classes
http://www.portoclub.gr/vegeterian-recipes-holidays.html

Porto Club is a unique Greek vegetarian cooking and touring holiday run by the George Portokolakis family on the Island of Crete. It sounds wonderful, and hopefully the wine and ouzo are optional. During the Midwest winter, the thought of a vegetarian vacation on hot, sunny Crete is more than appealing. If you have the winter blues, and are up for a reasonably priced travel adventure, check out Porto Club
Socially Responsible Eco-Friendly Travel

8. Volunteer Latin America:  http://www.volunteerlatinamerica.com/index.html

This isn’t directly concerned with vegetarian travel, but it’s in the neighborhood. Stephen Knight at VLM says that ‘being a responsible traveler means more than just offsetting your carbon emissions – it’s based on the principles of sustainability … minimizing the impact of your travel and maximizing the benefits for local economies, environments and host communities.’

‘Making informed choices before and during your trip is the single most important thing you can do to become a responsible traveler.’ And of course, traveling with a humanitarian purpose through organizations like Volunteer Latin America.
Veg News 2006 10 Best Travel Destinations

9. Veg News Travel: http://www.vegnews.com

“Once upon a time, veggie vacationers were left to fend for themselves in a sea of omnivorous package tours, cruises catering to carnivores, and clueless concierges who couldn’t begin to point in the direction of the nearest veg-friendly dining establishment. Foreign travel? Oh la la! This used to require a PhD in Pantomime to keep beastly bits off dinner plates, and even then, there were no guarantees that a meal would arrive cruelty-free. Thankfully, those days are a world away. Vegetarian travel has finally come into its own.”

10. Wanderbird Expedition Cruises http://www.wanderbirdcruises.com/

Eco-tourism cruises off the scenic coasts of Maine, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, with Captains Rick and Karen, aboard their renovated 90-foot Dutch fishing vessel, The Wanderbird. Only 12 passengers per cruise, beautiful yacht-style furnished cabins and homemade gourmet food and pastries. Karen, a twenty-year vegetarian, does the cooking, and is more than happy to accommodate vegetarians. Once a year they offer an all vegetarian cruise, and are available for vegetarian and vegan charters. Wanderbird was voted one of the 2005 top 10 vegetarian travel destinations by Veg News

Here’s something to keep in mind when coming and going from your vegetarian travel adventures:

“Of journeying the benefits are many: the freshness it bringeth to the heart, the seeing and hearing of marvelous things, the delight of beholding new cities, the meeting of unknown friends, and the learning of high manners” – Sadi Gulistan

11. Top 5 Eco-hotels/hostels – http://tinyurl.com/lwn3wm
We’ve rounded up our top picks for the best eco-hotels and hostels around the world! From high-flying airplane hostels to tranquil eco-lodges to stunning hotels made from reclaimed industrial materials, there’s a world of incredible eco-accommodations out there recommended by inhabitat.com

TRAVEL GUIDES

1. Green Earth Travel – http://www.vegtravel.com/
Offers travel services for vegetarians and vegans.

2. Vegan Traveller – http://www.vegan-traveller.com/
International directory of resources for vegan travelers including message board and useful links.

3. VegetariansAbroad.com – http://www.vegetariansabroad.com
A holiday and travel directory putting vegetarians and vegans in touch with the hotels, guest houses, and restaurants that cater for them – also vegetarian and vegan recipes.

4. Vegetarian Travel Guide – http://www.vegetarianusa.com/
Articles, maps, and guide for cities in the United States.

5.  Vegetarian Vacations – http://www.vegetarian-vacations.com/
A list of tours, holidays and courses which offer exclusively vegetarian or vegan cuisine.

TRAVEL GUIDES BY STATE

Arizona

a. AZVegan.com – http://www.azvegan.com/
Provides a comprehensive listing of animal rights/vegetarian/vegan events and information for people in Arizona. Seeks to unite individuals and groups with shared interests.

Mississippi

a. The Vegan Connection – http://www.veganconnection.com/
Vegan Information. Vegan recipes and information, restaurant reviews, information on finding vegan products. Specific information for Jackson, Mississippi, and Columbia, South Carolina.

New York

a. Vegan NYC – http://vegannyc.com/
Provides information on where to eat and buy vegan in New York city. Includes information on local events.

South Carolina

a. The Vegan Connection – http://www.veganconnection.com/
Vegan Information. Vegan recipes and information, restaurant reviews, information on finding vegan products. Specific information for Jackson, Mississippi, and Columbia, South Carolina.

TRAVEL GUIDES BY COUNTRY

British Columbia

a. Vegan in Vancouver – http://www.korvus.com/vancouvervegan/
A guide to vegan-friendly restaurants, shops, health resources and places to see for both locals and visitors to Vancouver, British Columbia.

British Virgin Islands

1. VegeSailing – http://www.axion.ca/~pgraveline/
A fully equipped yacht in the British Virgin Islands offering all-inclusive vegetarian sailing trips.

Canada

1. Vegan Montreal – http://www.veganmontreal.com/
A resource guide to all things Vegan in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Europe (General):

1. Vegan Travel – http://www.vegantravel.co.uk
A vegan perspective on traveling. Covers camping equipment, eating and first aid while traveling around New Zealand and Europe.

France:

1. La Maison du Vert – http://www.maisonduvert.com/
Vegetarian and Vegan Guest House with Restaurant and organic gardens in rural Normandy, France. Includes photographs of the gardens, rooms, restaurant and local attractions.

Greece:
1. Vegan Travel in the Greek Islands – http://www.rhizomatics.org.uk/gvn/greekvegan.html
Guide to Greek vegan food and drink and island specific advice / reviews.

India:

1. Haritha Farms – http://www.harithafarms.com
Culinary holidays in the spice growing countryside of Kerala, India. Spice garden cottages with veranda and home cooked vegetarian cuisine. Cookery courses are also available. Map, photos, and rate information.

New Zealand:

1. Vegan Travel – http://www.vegantravel.co.uk
A vegan perspective on traveling. Covers camping equipment, eating and first aid while traveling around New Zealand and Europe.

Russia:

1. Moscow Vegetarian Information – http://www.unclepasha.com/vegetarian_russia.htm
Vegetarian resources and materials for traveling in Moscow, Russia. Includes vegetarian-friendly accommodation and assistance with shopping.

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