VegiVentures

Vegetarian and vegan holidays

Britain - Turkey - Peru - Guatemala - Grenada

Great vegetarian/vegan food | environment oriented holidays | small friendly groups

Vegiventures - food worth travelling for!

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Nigel Walker
VegiVentures
Castle Cottage
Castle Acre
Norfolk
PE32 2AJ
UK

Phone: +44 (0)1760 755888
holidays@vegiventures.com

Hello and welcome ...

to our Autumn 2017 newsletter

After nearly 29 years of running veggie/vegan holidays I am now findling time to have the occasional holiday for me, recently exploring Norwegian fjords. Norwegians are very friendly and helpful. I found that, for veggies, it's best to go self-catering. I can reccommend the HiHostels in Oslo, Bergen and Ålesund, all of which have excellent breakfast buffets with plenty of choice for veggies and, with some inventiveness, for vegans. They have self-catering kitchens for other meals. Earlier this year we ran our 4th South Indian Journey, see the highlights in my Reflections below.  We may run another adventure to India in 2020. Watch this space! We are still offering our Christmas Houseparty, 4 nights in rural Gloucestershire, please see below and please do contact us for further details. Happy Travelling - Nigel


[Hawkwood College]

Christmas in the Cotswolds

23 - 27 December 2017,  space available

We will be returning to Hawkwood College in the Cotswolds . This is our 27th Christmas Houseparty. We offer 4 days of relaxation and a warm house-party atmosphere. We expect about 35 guests. Both traditional and creative events are organised. Enjoy: yoga, guided country walks, dancing, singing, creative activities and great veggie/vegan food. Choose to join in, or simply toast your toes in front of the log fire. Prices from £385. Please contact us for a copy of the brochure by email or post.


[Backwater canoe]

 Reflections on India

VegiVentures 4th South Indian Journey took place in Jan/Feb 2017 (for full article download, click here)

…Across the wide estuary known as Vembanad Lake, passed massive oil tankers, tiny fishing canoes and diving porpoises, the peninsula of Fort Cochin offers romance, history and culture including classical Indian dance, music, yoga…

…From Kochi we travelled south by train to Alleppy and boarded boats for a backwaters cruise, pampered with delicious Keralan cooking…  Then by bus through rubber plantations to Kumily, a jungle-surrounded hill-station in the Western Ghats, to trek in the Periyar Tiger Reserve…
 
…we moved further into the heart of India to Madurai… the temple is a vast exuberant celebration of the Hindu Goddess Meenakshi and all things feminine.  Families descend here to arrange marriages, pray for conception, make offerings for easy and healthy birth…

…I love many cultures, but it’s India that grips my attention like no other country. Every day opens new windows on Indian life. On our second afternoon at NGO SCAD (Social Change and Development) in southern Tamil Nadu we visit Pudukkudi, nicknamed the Saree Village, an ‘island’ surrounded by beautiful rice-paddies… We duck our heads under a carved teak lintel and enter one of the family homes. Filling one third of the main room is a wooden loom, set-up with colourful threads for making saris. A man, stripped to the waist, works the loom with his hands and feet… It takes 2 days to set up the loom and 2 – 4 days to weave a saree, which may sell for only 800 rupees (£10)… 
   
… We completed our journey by chilling for 2 days on the 2km beach at Varkala on Kerala’s coast... a good way to end the tour, enjoying the warm sea and cafe life on top of the cliffs…

To download the full article Reflections on India, please click here.

Photos by T. Caton & N. Walker


Climate Care

Each time we take a flight or travel by car CO2 is added into the atmosphere. One way we can help to reduce the impact is through carbon offsetting. There are several organizations that offer this service. We suggest Pure Leapfrog, click here   Offsetting isn’t the answer to climate change. The first step should be to see how we can avoid and reduce emissions. However, some emissions can’t or won’t be avoided. That's where offsetting has a role to play. It’s a way of compensating for the emissions produced with an equivalent carbon saving. - You could also consider donating to Trees for Life. It’s not directly a carbon offset provider, but a very worthwhile forest regeneration project in Scotland: www.treesforlife.org.uk

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