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‘Vegan vacations’ are so popular now that even omnivores want in

From 2014 to 2017, the United States saw a staggering 600 percent increase in people who identify as vegan. In 2017, the demand for vegan and vegetarian food in Ireland grew by 987 percent.

RACHEL KRANTZ: ‘With new vegan travel experiences sprouting up every day, it’s easier than ever for the vegan, vegetarian, and vegan-curious eaters of the world to follow their taste buds… From 2014 to 2017, the United States saw a staggering 600 percent increase in people who identify as vegan. In 2017, the demand for vegan and vegetarian food in Ireland grew by 987 percent. “Vegan” is now officially a more common Google search term than “vegetarian,” surging 90 percent in 2016 . Beyond the strictest herbivores, an increasing number of “flexitarians” (those who will eat animal products but prefer plant-based food when it’s an option), “reducetarians” (those who are actively trying to reduce their consumption of animal-based products), and other health- and environmentally-conscious travelers are also interested in better vegetarian and vegan-friendly travel options.

Enter the vegan vacation… In May, international tour operator Intrepid Travel announced a new line of vegan tours in India , Thailand , and Italy . The three destinations are among the company’s most popular and provide a good range of options of both food and activities for vegan vacationers… If you’re interested in a vegan travel experience, which destinations should top your list? Germany, Austria, and Switzerland offer the most strictly vegetarian hotel options, followed by Italy and the United Kingdom… The United States is catching up quickly, with about 50 vegan lodgings, most of them bed-and-breakfasts or retreat centers… including the Stanford Inn, an all-vegan accommodation in Mendocino, California, and Farm Sanctuary, a vegan bed-and-breakfast and animal sanctuary in upstate New York that’s rustic without roughing it, with gourmet breakfasts and tours that allow you to bond with the sanctuary’s rescued animals’. SOURCE…

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