Vegan travel can be incredibly uplifting – whether you’re connecting with like-minded locals or new vegan traveller friends over a dish of something delicious, or optimistically searching for a vaguely described vegan café listed on Happy Cow (yep, we’ve all been there!). If travel and vegan living are the two greatest loves of your life, you’ll be pleased to know there are many awe-inspiring destinations where plant-based dining is taken to a whole new level!
Whether vegan adventure holidays set your soul alight or drinking vino on the beach is more your thing, here are five incredible vegan-friendly destinations to visit in May.
1: Southern Spain
With its sun-bleached towns, azure waters and full-of-life atmosphere, southern Spain is idyllic in May – when it’s comfortably warm, but not overbearingly hot. There’s a killer vegan food scene here, too, with dishes like gazpacho and pipirrana just begging to be savoured with a hunk of crusty bread! Tomatoes are the star of the show in southern Spain, whether drizzled with oil or served in garlicky patatas bravas.
Gorge on the freshest vegan food, wander along the Costa del Sol, and raise a glass of Sangria with the locals – southern Spain is where great memories are made! It’s also home to Jacobs Ridge Animal Sanctuary, where more than 130 animals live free from fear under the Spanish sun. Spend a week volunteering here and you’ll fall in love with each and every one.
P.S. Fun fact—I used to own a vegan bed and breakfast in Spain!
2: New York U.S.A.
New York is an explosion of sights, sounds and smells – with plenty to satisfy your taste buds, too. Grab an oat milk latte and vegan cream cheese bagel from one of the many plant-based cafés squeezed into this bustling city, and let yourself be swept away by a tide of tourists and taxis. You’ll beat most of the summer crowds in May, so you’ll be able to tick plenty off your NYC bucket list.
Number one on your list should be a day trip to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, where you’ll make friends with rescued farm animals, learn all about their individual stories, and connect with like-minded vegan travel lovers. It’s easiest to travel here by car, so don’t forget to stock up on NYC’s finest vegan eats for the road.
Did you know that Woodstock Farm Sanctuary also have an onsite vegan inn called The Gray Barn, this is the stuff that vegan travel dreams are made of!
Whipped guacamole. Salty corn tortillas. Salsa-stuffed tamales. Oh-so-rich chocolate. Guatemala is a haven for vegans, with fresh, locally grown vegetables and vibrant flavours meaning you’ll never go hungry. Choose from the ever-expanding list of vegan cafés and plant-based dishes as colourful as its streets in Guatemala’s former capital, La Antigua.
Wherever you’re headed, here are five of my favourite vegan-friendly Guatemalan dishes to look out for.
Guatemala is the perfect destination for a vegan adventure holiday in May, and not just because of its not-to-be-missed cuisine. This is a country where adventure is right on the doorstep of your hotel! From soaking up the soul-igniting scenery of Acatenango volcano to exploring ancient Mayan ruins, May is the last month before the rainy season kicks in so let me help you start planning your adventures in Guatemala now.
Ready for a Guatemalan escape like no other? Check out my one-month work and travel programme for passionate vegans like you!
4: Melbourne Australia
Melbourne’s food scene is as diverse as its landscapes and scenery, where skyscrapers melt into lush green lawns and craggy coastline. It’s a must-visit for vegan travel lovers, with plant-based cafés so abundant you’ll never struggle to find what you’re looking for. Asian cuisine is done particularly well in Melbourne, so prepare for aromatic curries, moreish noodles and ramen upon ramen!
Next, it’s time to visit Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary, a not-for-profit organisation and the home of 300+ rescued animals. You’ll leave here with a full heart and some gorgeous pictures of the Macedon Ranges. Temperatures in Melbourne won’t yet have peaked in May, so this is an ideal time to visit.
For the vegan adventure holiday of a lifetime, Nepal is calling your name. From the cloud-topped mountains of the Himalayas to the sacred temples of Kathmandu, Nepal is truly paradisical – so prepare for some serious WOW moments! Lace-up your vegan hiking boots, traverse mind-blowingly beautiful mountain trails, say “namaste” to everyone you meet, and finish each day with a hearty serving of dal bhat.
From market stalls overflowing with vegetables to plant-based restaurants in Kathmandu, Nepal is a haven for vegan travellers. Many street foods are naturally vegan, such as vegetable momo dumplings and roti, so you’ll be well-fuelled for every adventure that crosses your path. May is the last month before Nepal’s rainy season, with warm temperatures that haven’t yet become stifling.
At Vegan Adventure Holidays, I know that fully immersing yourself in a new culture means trying as many local delicacies and dishes as possible. That’s why incredible vegan food is key for all my trips and expeditions throughout Guatemala and Central America, whether we’re toasting marshmallows on a volcano or hitting local vegan cafes.
You can take a look at the trips and expeditions I run here to start daydreaming (and drooling!).
I hope this article was inspiring, don’t forget to check out Queztal: A One Month Work & Travel Program In Guatemala and let me know in the comments which Guatemalan experience you would most love to have,
Emma – Vegan Adventure Holidays