At VegVoyages, we want you to walk away from your adventure with much more than just a few snapshots - we want you to become part of the destination and leave the country with an understanding of its people, culture, history and let's not forget...food!
We don't attempt to insulate you from the realities of a destination. When you travel with VegVoyages, you should expect to see the country as it is. From the pretty to the not so pretty, we want you to experience it all.
VegVoyages doesn’t "5-star" hotel hop. Once you’ve seen one international chain hotel you’ve seen them all. We want your accommodations to be unique - a destination in themselves. We care about where you stay and try to bring you as close as possible, including in choice of accommodations, to being a part of the destination you are visiting. Our accommodations vary depending on where we are, but they are always clean and comfortable. We may stay in a centuries-old royal haveli (mansion) or private palace in the badlands of Rajasthan, or at a peaceful eco-retreat nestled among some of the oldest mountains in all of Asia. We may stay in a wood beachfront cabana on a tropical island, at a charming locally owned bed and breakfast in a colonial-era villa, or in a remote village as guests of a local family where time goes by much as it has for centuries. Wherever we may be, we always try to stay in places that capture the region’s charm and uniqueness.
Transport on a VegVoyages adventure varies from place to place. It could be in a traditional village boat floating down river to the sounds of local village life along the water’s shores or cruising along the banks of a peaceful lake where glimpses of a bygone era fill the sights and sounds in an almost half-millennium year old lakeside city. It could be navigating the sea by local boat out to remote uninhabited islands or traversing the back alleys of an ancient temple town by rickshaw (tuk-tuks) where colorful bustling bazaars and roadside vendors selling everything from local savories to herbal remedies are the norm. It could be traveling over the barren desert of Rajasthan in an open top jeep or enjoying the tranquility of a world heritage protected national park bird sanctuary by bicycle. Whatever form of transport we use though, whether traveling by jeeps, vans, rickshaws, trains, buses, boats, bicycles or songthaews - we strongly believe that getting there is half the fun!
We know vegans and vegetarians love to eat too – and there's a lot more to veg food than salads and side dishes. That's why food plays an important part in all of our adventures! Tasty, spicy, sweet or sour – our pure vegan and vegetarian food highlights the culinary traditions of our destinations. You’ll probably even put on a little extra weight too on a VegVoyages adventure as we spend a lot of time enjoying all the tantalizing delicacies found wherever we are. For more details on the food served on a VegVoyages adventure, please see our Food page.
Responsible travel and giving back to the communities and places we visit is an important philosophy at VegVoyages. We feel it is important to make travel and discovery beneficial to everyone – our guests and the people and places we visit. As part of VegVoyages’ aim to bring people closer to the destination we are in, we regularly visit with our groups to raise awareness and contribute to several worthy causes. From helping keep rural schools running by providing books and other materials to assisting in funding for grassroots 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. In addition to direct help, we also always try to use locally grown produce and ingredients for our meals, local labor to help as guides, cooks, drivers, etc., stay in locally owned accommodations and conduct our adventures in as an eco-friendly way as possible.
On our adventures, we like to travel in a way that appreciates cultures and lifestyles vastly different from our own. We respect local customs and cultures, rather than imposing ourselves on them. And it’s important to note that cultural differences and certain “standards” may be quite different from what you may be used to - but that’s all part of the adventure. Though sometimes it may be trying, it will always be exhilarating - and we guarantee you will fully appreciate the destination.
PLEASE NOTE: VegVoyages does not use animals on our tours for expeditions, rides and/or safaris. Laws concerning the humane treatment of animals are lacked and rarely enforced in the regions our tours go to. Although there are exceptions, many animals such as horses, camels and elephants are often mistreated, forced to work long hours and live in poor conditions without proper care. Should you individually decide to engage activities where animals are used - such as safaris - please check to see that the animals you are “hiring” have been treated well and that their living and working conditions are humane. Thank you for your understanding.