World Vegan Travel

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We offer group tours designed specifically for vegans and the vegan-curious, with a focus on abundant regional cuisine, cruelty-free activities, vetted animal sanctuaries and shelter visits and unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Our vegan trips are designed to the highest standards featuring luxury and unique accommodations and transport. Our goal is for our vegan travelers to experience the best in not only vegan travel but all travel.
Member since: 15 Feb 2019

How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...

Economic responsibility

We try to employ local people as often we can. We believe these people are the ones that know the area the best and can give our travelers local interaction. This is throughout the trip process from guides to drivers and so on. We have local people on the ground and we also try to make sure that we avoid big corporations and brands and try to stay at locally owned places if such a choice is available at our standard.

The majority of the food and beverages we consume is locally produced because they are fresh fruits and vegetables. We might buy and use local soy milk in Vietnam and Thai tea in Thailand.

We do not have a policy regarding the amount that goes to organizations on a trip, but we always include a big donation to the organisations that we visit.

In our recent Alsace trip we did the following in terms of :
Included tours to local attractions and towns with a highly qualified tour guide
Visited French owned restaurants and vegan grocery store in Paris.
Stayed in a locally owned independent French hotel in Ensisheim.
We gave a $500 donation to Animalsace who are campaigning to get vegan options on university menus.
We gave 200 euros to the Bear and Wolf Sanctuary.

Each trip has similar donations. We also try to visit and donate to organisations that support human animals too. An example of this is KOTO.

Environmental responsibility

We are committed to minimising our impact on the environment. We are still a small boutique company who is still growing and figuring out everything, but we feel confident that we are going above and beyond to travel as consciously as possible.

Some ways we do this are:
We work from home. We’re a boutique travel agency. We are vegan for the animals, our health and the planet. This means that we really do care about many of these issues.
All our meals are 100% vegan.
Encourage people to bring their own toiletries so they do not use the hotel’s ones. Our travellers are keen to comply with this, as we do know if these products are vegan and cruelty free or not.
We ask people to bring a refillable water bottle from home or we provide them.
We sometimes provide a reusable mug. This is made from enamel. When we ordered these we were saddened that the packaging contained a lot of packing matierals, so we collected the eco foam and posted it back to the manufacturers. We also insisted that the cardboard was recycled
For any take away food we insist on eliminating or minimising any single use. For this picnic on a train, we brought Tupperwares to the patisserie so that we did not need to use single use plastics. We also ensured that everything was recycled afterwards.
All our travellers are provided with this cutlery kit (10:30) made from upcycled fabric and a tote bag and includes bamboo cutlery and a straw.
When we travel in countries that do not have potable drinking water, we insist our travellers minimise their plastic use from water bottles with the following
Allow travellers access to out Steripen to purify tap water.
Suggest they buy their own Steripen or a lifestraw
We include 10 water purification tablets in their tote bags so that travelers can purify their water.
In the buses we use a big water container like this and add a handpump. We encourage people to fill up their refillable bottle with this every time we get on and off the bus. This simple action really helps.
We ask the hotels to replace any plastic water bottles with glass (in the room)
We ask hotels for there to be access to water. In a communal space so everyone has access to it.
We also do volunteer beach clean ups.
One of our guides was so inspired by our veganism and commitment, she has now opened a vegan restaurant in Hoi An and employs many of the strategies that we use in our own trips to reduce waste.
We remind restaurants many times about the use of single use plastics (straws and bottles)
Our trips have a focus protecting all animals, but especially wild animals in their natural habitats. We visited the Green Viet Douc Langur project.

Some areas for growth are:
Carbon offsetting our travels

Social responsibility

Travelers are provided with a lot of information regarding the social and cultural situation. This is usually discussed in the emails leading up to the trip. We also give a lot of information about how they can travel sensitivily. This might be linked to a YouTube video discussing some basic phrases or a some cultural norms to be aware of. This is usually communicated through the Facebook group. For example. for our upcoming Rwanda trip, we have about 8 of us reading ‘Shake Hands with the Devil’ book club. We intend to get together to discuss the book virtually so we are more informed about the genocide.

Guides are with us at all times (in places which are culturally very different). We brief them to feel comfortable to tell us or the clients that the travelers need to change their behavior. We also find that this breaks down barriers.

In some cases, we do include visits to local social projects, but we tend to do more visits to animal sanctuaries and find out about issues regarding animals and perhaps the human-animal relationship due to the nature of our trip. Of course, there are many benefits to the local population as well through jobs and perhaps preservation of the local environment in the case of our visit to the Douc Langurs in Vietnam. We also visited KOTO in Hanoi as well.

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