We've reached 400 hotels!

The Italian B&B Al Colonnato di San Pietro located in central Rome is the 400th hotel added to our site.

"The Bed and Breakfast is within walking distance from Saint Peter's Chatedral, the Vatican's Museums and Castel Sant'Angelo. Trastevere, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, as well as Trevi's Fountain and Piazza di Spagna are in the vicinity. The Colusseum, the Forums, Villa Borghese and all other tourist attractions are situated 10/20 minutes by bus."

A plant based hotel reduces carbon emissions by twenty tonnes each year

Few things affect the environment as much as animal agriculture. It is estimated by the WHO that animal farming is now contributing as much to global warming as all cars, buses, trains, boats and planes put together. Each person eating an average meat based diet contributes approximately 2.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere each year, while someone on a plant based diet contributes much less, namely, only 1.5 tonnes - thus saving one tonne every year.

Therefore it is interesting to see how much a plant based, vegan or vegetarian hotel reduces its carbon emissions each year compared to a regular hotel. Let us take a medium sized hotel with ten double rooms as an example, with full occupancy throughout the year. A hotel of this size saves 20 tonnes of carbon emissions compared to a hotel serving meat based meals.

This is a significant reduction, and even without doing anything else, a plant based hotel will emit much less carbon dioxide than a regular hotel claiming to be Eco friendly. For example, installing a typical 3000 kWh solar panel system is estimated to save about 0.9 tonnes of carbon each year, which is less than the impact one person makes on a plant based diet.

Finally, how far would you be able to drive to emit 20 tonnes of carbon? Five and a half rounds around the world!

To learn more about plant based travelling, visit www.vegtrip.com today.

 

How many animals did you save by going vegetarian/vegan?

Did you ever wonder how many animals you saved as a direct consequence of becoming vegetarian or vegan?

According to this calculation by PETA, the average American vegan saves nearly 200 animals every year. That's 200 animals every year that will not have to go through unimaginable suffering in factory farms, fish farms and slaughter houses.

We've made it really simple to find out how many animals you've saved since becoming vegetarian or vegan. Just click the link below to use our calculator and to give yourself or one of your friends a nice reward.

http://award.vegtrip.com/

Easy ways to boost your hotel listing

Link to your hotel listing

An easy and effective way to increase visibility for your hotel listing and to make sure that it is displayed prominently by search engines is to add links to your hotel listing on VegTrip. If your hotel has its own website, blog or any other page those all make ideal places to add links to your listing.

If you login and go to edit the details of your hotel, you will find templates at the bottom of the page that you can copy-paste for convenience. Otherwise you can just as well create your own.

Frequently update your hotel details

It's very important to display up-to-date information on your hotel page and to make sure that you let visitors know about what's going on in or around your hotel. Every time you update some textual information on your hotel listing, we will list your hotel on the front page as recently updated, greatly increasing exposure of your listing.

 

 

Let visitors know what's going on in or around your hotel

A great way to increase exposure of your property is to make visitors aware of what you have going on there for the moment. Do you offer special time limited offers or events? Is there a festival going on? Those are just some examples of what may generate interest from visitors. You can add up to three such promotions for your hotel at a time and doing so will highlight your hotel on our front page as well as on the special promotions page

Read more about how to add a promotion here 

 

 

Use social media to your advantage

About 30% of our daily traffic is coming directly from various social media networks so it's needless to say that a strong presence here might generate a lot of interest in your hotel. Each hotel page on VegTrip is optimized for easy posting in social media. On Facebook for example, the main hotel image along with the short hotel description will be displayed by default when posting the link to your listing.

Another social network which is very popular with our visitors is Pinterest. It's particularly well suited if you have some great images of your property uploaded.

 

 

Add high quality photos

The photos of your property and it's surroundings is one of the most important things a visitor will look at. Many hotels on VegTrip are located in truly stunning locations so it's essential to have photos that makes the location justice. Remember that these are the photos that will represent your property every time people are talking about it in social media. There are many professional photographers around that can help you with this.

 

Luxurious vegetarian paradise in Mumbai, India

There is no doubt that India is one of the top destinations for vegetarians. With nearly 30% of the population being strict vegetarian and a big part of the others having varying degrees of meat restrictions vegetarian meals usually makes up more than half of the menu in most restaurants. With so many different dietary requirements, many restaurants are also accustomed to modifications, which is good news for all vegans.

One of the latest additions to VegTrip, The Trident Bandra Kurla is a luxurious five star hotel in Mumbai. Featuring three different restaurants (Indian, Italian and mixed) all having large vegetarian selections and being extremely flexible with special dietary requirements (vegan, gluten...) this hotel guarantees a warm welcome to India.

Check it out: http://www.vegtrip.com/Hotel.aspx?HotelId=302

 

 

Health Centers using food for natural healing

VegTrip is not only a great place to find vegan or vegetarian accommodations, but it also features many health centers using food as a way to heal illnesses. Food and health has always been closely connected and more and more evidence is starting to emerge regarding the health benefits of a plant based diet (Hint: Read The China Study by Colin Campbell or How to Prevent and Revert Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn).

Here is a selection of Health Centers available on VegTrip

 

 

 

 

 

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

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