Vegan Adventure Tours
How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...
Responsible travel and giving back to the communities we visit is a founding principle and philosophy at VegVoyages – Vegan Tours. We feel it is important to make travel and discovery beneficial to everyone – our guests and the people and places we visit. We regularly visit grassroots projects with our groups to raise awareness and contribute to worthy causes. From helping keep rural schools running by providing books and other materials to assisting in funding for grassroots social welfare, animal rights and care organizations.
For us, travel is not only our business but a way to do something – however modest it may be – to help communities, people, animals and other causes we believe in.
Yes, we do hire local guides on every one of our tours. We value local knowledge and we believe that in order for our guests to have the best information, it is important for us to have local guides that are not only knowledgeable in the country we're in, but also knowledgable in the specific site(s) that we visited, with that in mind, we often also hire separate local guides for each individual sites. It is not uncommon that on our tours, we have two local guides at the same time (one local guide that accompanies us throughout our tour, and one local guide at each, individual site(s)).
Yes, we also hire local transports company. The knowledge of local drivers is very valuable, especially since a lot of our destinations are off the beaten tracks places.
All our accommodations are locally owned places, most often, family-owned places. We believe in supporting the local community, so we choose to stay at locally owned places that provide employment for the local people, and communities where it is located.
Luckily, on all our destinations, people are still sourcing their vegetables, other produce, drink, clothes, etc. from their own area or their neighboring states/province.
We are against animal exploitation in any form and we do not use them on our tours for expeditions, rides or safaris. We also do not visit zoos, “wildlife parks”, aquariums, and profit-oriented “animal sanctuaries”. A founding principle of VegVoyages from the very beginning was and is to create cruelty-free travel experiences in which no living being is exploited in any way, shape or form.
We don't print a lot since most of our works are through emails. The Pre-departure package that we sent out to travelers are sent via email (electronically), and all our details itineraries are available online for anyone to view.
In the areas, we're traveling to, and with our busy activities, it is VERY IMPORTANT for everyone to keep hydrated. We definitely do not want our travelers to experience dehydration, which can be very dangerous for them. The safety of our travelers is very important to us. So, though we do not encourage our travelers to reduce water (in term of drinking water) for their safety, we do request that they are aware of their water consumption so as not to waste.
Travellers are provided with relevant suggestions to minimise damage to the environment, wildlife and marine ecosystems. We cover all these information during our Orientation Meeting and also throughout the tour.
On our tours, depending on the country we're in, some of the activities that included on the tours are: visiting and supporting local community recycling project, animals sanctuaries, and coral reefs protections projects.
Majority of organizations are local initiative, so a website is not available for them. The below are the "more bigger" organizations that we have been visiting and supporting for years:
VegVoyages works closely with local communities, families and grassroots organizations to create an authentic vegan travel experience and a journey that brings you a closer understanding of the country, its people, traditions, culture, and of course – their wonderful cuisines – all 100% vegan and all 100% authentic.
Upon confirmed booking, travelers are provided with a pre-departure package (which is about 30 - 45 pages information) and have access to a travel consultant (we call this specialist our "adventure coordinator") that will work directly with each traveler, answering any questions they may have regarding their tour. This travel consultant will know their travelers by name and have history of conversations, so that each traveler's do not have to "repeat" their inquiries history each time they call or email us.
Our tours focus on cultural immersions. We have cultural information included on the tours' pre-departure package. We also start each one of our adventures with Orientation Meeting, giving in-depth information regarding the country they're in, from the historical background, cultural, to the local ethics, do and don't, and answer any questions they have. On some tours, where appropriate, we even provided travelers with garments to wear/use at certain sites (where required), to make sure that we respect local tradition and custom.
Yes, we do hire local guides on every one of our tours. We value local knowledge and we believe that in order for our guests to have the best information, it is important for us to have local guides that are not only knowledgeable in the country we're in, but also knowledgable in the specific site(s) that we visited, with that in mind, we often hire separate local guides for each individual sites. It is not uncommon that on our tours, we have two local guides at the same time (one local guide that accompany us throughout our tour, and one local guide at each, individual site(s)).
On each of our tours, we always include social projects. From visiting and providing rural village school with school supplies in India, to serving up vegan lunch at a local school in Thailand, providing and serving up vegan lunch at a children's home in Bali, visiting and supporting community recycling project in Bali, visiting and supporting the Laos Disabled Woman's Development Center in Laos, and visiting and supporting an organization which provides prosthetic limbs, mobility assistance and rehabilitation for Lao people who can’t afford it, amongst other.