VegTrip expands in Portugal with Colina Flora B&B becoming the first vegetarian hotel added

VegTrip today expanded it's worldwide footprint when the Colina Flora B&B became the first vegetarian hotel in Portugal to be added to the site. 

  

Colina Flora is a small, comfortable, "green" country guesthouse peacefully located in the rural hills - a serene oasis and tranquil retreat - in the amazing Sintra Natural Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Cultural Landscape - with dramatic scenery, ocean views, only a few minutes to beautiful beaches and less than an hour from Lisbon - lovely rooms with ocean views, clean sea/mountain air, a walker's, biker´s and surfer´s paradise and a refuge for Slow Travelers!

VegTrip enables users to save favorite hotels

VegTrip today published a new feature allowing registered users to create and store a list of their favorite hotels on the site. The aim is to facilitate travel planning as this makes it both a lot easier to compare hotels and to save hotels for the future.

To start using this feature, simply register for a free account on the site. Then, after logging in you will be able to go to "My Favorites" which will show a list of all the hotels that you have marked as favorite.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To mark a hotel as a favorite, simply go to the hotel listing and click on the white star (as underlined in the image below). To remove a favorite, simply click on the star again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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VegTrip passes 200 vegetarian and vegan hotels in 42 different countries

VegTrip today reached a new milestone when three new hotels were added to the site. VegTrip now features more than 200 vegetarian and vegan hotels complete with detailed information in 42 different countries all over the world. 

We're proud to welcome these three new hotels to an already large collection! 

Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, Indonesia

A haven for nature lovers & for those who just need to escape from the madness of a busy life, Sarinbuana Eco Lodge is located at 700m on the slopes of Mount Batukaru in central Bali, we offer you a chance to retreat into nature, to relax or be active taking treks or workshops with our local community.Experience being part of the vibrant Balinese culture.

 

B&B Agata, Italy

While visiting the charming city of Ravenna enjoy a stay at Agata’s and a delicious cruelty-free breakfast, prepared with no animal products of any sort.Vegans, vegetarians, fruitarians and raw foodists are most welcome as well as all other customers wishing to try our specialties which will satisfy even the most discerning “traditional” gourmets.

 

 

 

Eco Yoga Park, Argentina

Our Volunteer program is specially designed for those who want to experience an eco friendly way of life; you can take part in sustainable activities, such as organic farming, eco building, vegetarian cooking, etc., while at the same time experiencing the quietness and harmony afforded by yoga and meditation.

Top 10 Vegan Travel Resources

Here we have collected our ten favorite travel resources for vegan vacations. This is a mix of sites that aids both with planning and preparation of trips as well as services that can be used while travelling. Let us know if you think something should be added.

Vegan and Vegetarian accomodations

VegTrip - Over 270 vegan and vegetarian hotels, B&B and guest houses all over the world, complete with detailed descriptions for each listing. 

Couchsurfing.org - Join vegan groups and connect with like-minded people around the world. 

Vegan and Vegetarian restaurants

Happy Cow - The biggest directory for vegan and vegetarian restaurants. A must have for any travelling vegan. There is also an accompanying mobile app to easily find restaurants on the move.

Veggiefocus.com - Whether you’re looking for vegan, vegetarian, and veg-friendly places nearby, or are planning your next trip - VeggieFocus is the place to get inspired.

VegGuide.com - Community-maintained, world-wide guide to vegetarian and vegan restaurants and shopping. Also has a special section for airport options.

 

Vegan and Vegetarian travel guides and other general resources

VegNews Travel - Vegan and vegetarian travel articles 

Circle Our Earth - Advice and inspiration for vegans who love to travel

VegVoyages - Vegan and Vegetarian adventure tours in Asia 

Vegan Backpacker - The vegan backpacker has a comprehensive list of vegan travel advice

The Vegetarian Resource Group - Lots of various information for both vegetarians and vegans

Finding vegan shoes

Finding good quality vegan shoes is not always easy. We therefore set out to visit the shop Il Gatto con gli Stivali (literally "Puss in boots") in Rome to try out a few different brands.

These are not your average fake leather shoes but are made with comfort and quality in mind. They are made out of high quality, breathable materials. Having tried out several pairs while walking the streets of Rome we can confirm that this is really the case.

The shoes we tried out are mainly manufactured by four different companies, di Romeo in Italy, Vegetarian Shoes in the UK, Novacas in the US and finally Cri de Coeur. We also tried ordering a few shoes directly from di Romeo and this worked out great.

 

di Romeo is an Italian brand which is also available online

 

Vegan women shoes, vegan purse and vegan wallet

  

More vegan shoes

To sum up, most of the shoes that we tried were very comfortable and so far seem to be of high quality. If you look around, especially in bigger cities it's relatively easy to find shops selling vegan shoes and if you happen to live very far from one, many of the brands have online shops shipping worldwide.

For vegan and vegetarian places to stay while shopping for shoes, check out www.vegtrip.com

VegTrip launches hotel search website aimed at vegetarian and vegan travelers.

FRANCE, March 5, 2013 - Emerging hotel search company VegTrip today publicly released their new website aimed at vegetarian and vegan travelers. Seeking to facilitate travel planning for vegans and vegetarians conscious about their choice of accommodation, the website is launching with more than 200 hotels worldwide.

Estimates show that there are approximately one and a half billion vegetarians and vegans in the world today with at least 75 million people being vegetarian by active choice. With the growing concerns about health, environmental impact and animal welfare these numbers are on a steady rise, particularly in the western world with recent statistics showing that for example in the United States, up to 13% of the population now follows a vegetarian or vegan diet and sales of vegetarian food has doubled there in the past ten years.

Yet there are remarkably few services available to aid with vegetarian vacations and travel planning. VegTrip is aiming to change this by providing a unified service for discovering vegetarian and vegan hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest houses around the world. With each hotel on the site listed with detailed information to make it easier for travelers to choose between hotels and destinations.

To provide the same level of quality that travelers has come to expect from online travel websites, VegTrip is working with hotel owners to keep information accurate and up to date. Each hotel owner is provided with an interface for modifying their hotel information.

About VegTrip

VegTrip is a new and emerging hotel search company aimed at the vegetarian community committed to promoting a healthy, environmentally sustainable and cruelty free way of life.

For more information, please visit
http://www.vegtrip.com

Contact

To learn more about VegTrip and the services it provides, please contact
info@vegtrip.com

Or visit http://www.vegtrip.com and use the contact form

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Vegan Vacation in Rome, Italy

We visited Rome in late February for a welcoming spring break away from the winter storms and to see what the Italian capital had to offer in terms of vegan food, accommodations and shopping (and Roman ruins).

The Colosseum

HappyCow already suggested that there is a fair number of vegetarian restaurants many of which also offer vegan options. We unfortunately did not have time to try all of them but will have to save some for our next visit.

On our first night we decided to start with an Ayurvedic restaurant called Bibliothe, it was close by had vegan options and most importantly, was open on Mondays which seems to be a day many vegetarian restaurant owners considers their day off. We found out that the name of the restaurant comes from the fact that it is housed in an old library and they actually offer books both to borrow and to buy. All this promised a very cozy setting.

We went for their 25 euro menu, which was completely vegan and, in case you are hungry, is highly recommended.

 

The next day we went to a fantastic restaurant that quickly became our favorite, Ops! Cucina Mediterranea

Ops! Cucina Mediterranea

This restaurant is open both for lunch and dinner and is listed as being 80% vegan on HappyCow. However, each time we went there all the food was vegan. The restaurant features a large vegan buffet with an impressive selection of different dishes – you put as much as you want on your plate and pay for the weight. They also offers various freshly pressed juices – a welcome energy boost after walking the streets of Rome! We ended up coming back here several times.

 

 

We also went to a few non-vegan restaurants and found that generally it was easy to find vegan options on the menus. Highly recommended is the Pizza Marinara which in its original form is always vegan.

 

There are several purely vegetarian or vegan hotels available in Italy and at least two that we know of in Rome, for example The Beehive Hotel which we’re planning to visit next time.

 

The Beehive Hotel in Rome, Italy

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