Excerpt From United Airlines: Hemispheres Magazine
August 2006 by Alicia Mil
Vegetarians (and their friends and associates) can finally relax on vacation.
As a vegetarian and enthusiastic traveler for more than a decade, I’ve realized that it’s not always easy to pursue those two interests concurrently. Unfamiliar surroundings, cuisines, restaurants, and languages mean that on some trips I’ve spent more time trying to spot something to eat than sightseeing, not a popular choice with non-veg travel companions. But these days, travelers who don’t eat meat (in addition to non-vegetarians who just want to eat healthy when they travel) have a full plate of helpful resources available on the Web. Restaurant guides such as vegdining.com can steer you toward friendly food in destinations worldwide. Or you can avoid the pressure of having to search out veggie cuisine first thing in the morning by staying at a vegetarian or veg-friendly B&B. You’ll find global B&B listings (plus restaurant and market guides and other travel info) at sites such as vrg.org, vegetarianusa.com, and happycow.net. The White Pig Bed & Breakfast (thewhitepig.com), for example, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, is a great base camp for a visit to Monticello, about 20 minutes away. Winner of a PETA Proggy Award and a VegNews Veggie Award, The White Pig serves delicious vegetarian breakfasts and doubles as a sanctuary for personable miniature potbellied pigs, so it’s doubtful any meat-eating fellow travelers will be pining for bacon. If you’d rather let someone else do the research to set up a hassle-free vegetarian trip, visit Green Earth Travel at vegtravel.com (Tel: 301-229-5666 or 888-246-8343). Owner Donna Zeigfinger founded the company in 1991 with full travel-agency offerings for vegetarian voyages that include walking, kayaking, sailing, and cycling trips. If you’ve ever wasted part of your vacation searching for a salad, now the world is your avocado.
Illustration / John Hersey