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Top 5 Places to Travel in 2019

Josh okungbaiye

With the new year, comes new and exciting places to visit. Wether it was due to lack of time or you simply weren’t sure about some destinations; 2019 is the year to travel. 

Here are the top 5 places to visit in 2019:

 

1.     Mexico City, Mexico 

WHY: Experience colourful flavours and culture 

Lets face it, everyone loves Mexican food; and who wouldn’t want to have a traditional homemade taco? Although in the past it may have had a criminal reputation, it is definitely an up and coming city, filled with cultural history, homemade food as well as lively parties. What else could you possibly ask for!

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2. Dordogne, France

WHY: A fairytale dream 

This pastoral Southwestern region lies within the richness of the cherished french culture we all admire. 2019 is an especially appropriate time to visit as it makes 100 years since the inauguration of the Félibrée; an annual celebration of all things Occitan. This includes food, music as well as activities such as renting kayaks on the Dordogne River.

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3. Montenegro  

WHY: Breathtaking scenery and heritage

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This Southern European country should be on everyone’s travel list for 2019. For years, this beautiful country filled with undiscovered beaches used to be considered a mere stopover that travellers combined with its popular neighbouring country Croatia. However, this underrated paradise has recently experienced development boom with its pink sand beaches, shopping spots as well as spas.  

4. Reykjavik, Iceland 

WHY:  A place to reach your inner Zen 

From natural springs and waterfalls to whale-watching, Iceland is surreal experience waiting to inspire you. One of the main reasons to visit is the night-time spectacle of the Northern Lights, which are more common in Iceland than any other Northern country. The perfect destination for a full body detox.

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5.  The Azores, Portugal 

WHY: Natural adventure zone

Although Portugal has been a major touristic attraction, new to the scene are beautiful islands of The Azores. Filled with thermal springs, vineyards, volcanic lakes, these spots are all accompanied by outdoor activities such as surfing, diving and kayaking. These amazing islands have something for everyone.

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Wishing you a year of spectacular travels.

Top 10 Tips for Travelling as a Vegan/Vegetarian

Josh okungbaiye

(1) Learn Useful Phrases

This tip is very important when you are travelling to countries where English is not the national language. You will have to learn some phrases such as ‘I do not eat meat, fish or cheese.’ 

Saying that you are vegan or vegetarian in the local language is not enough. In some cultures veganism and vegetarianism is still a new concept, so you will have to be extremely clear on your dietary requirements. Keep in mind that in some cultures, refusing to eat someone’s food can be seen as offensive. When requesting a vegan or vegetarian meal in the local language please be apologetic and polite and they will be happy to help you.

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(2) Find Local Vegans

Before travelling to your destination, do your research on the Vegan and Vegetarian community in the country or city you are visiting. See if there are any events happening where you can meet other vegans that can further help you enjoy the local cuisine in the vegan/vegetarian way.

(3) Pack Your Emergency Food Stash

While you are out exploring, vegan and vegetarian snack options will not always be readily available. In response to this, we would suggest for you to carry around granola, dried fruits, or energy bars. So when you randomly get hungry you can quickly grab one of your snacks. In addition, always ensure you pack up a larger stash of vegan/vegetarian snacks in your luggage as back up.

Bonus Tip -

Pack a snack or two for the flight. Don’t rely on plane food, as they most likely will not have vegetarian or vegan options in their menu.

(4) Research Vegan Restaurants at Your Destination

Look up the vegetarian restaurants and cafés in your destination. There are apps/websites such as Happy Cow or Vegan Passport. These apps/websites give you a full comprehensive list of vegan restaurants in your destination.  In addition, the online platforms also have honest reviews, so this will give you a clearer idea of which restaurants to visit during your trip.

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(5) Check Vegan/Vegetarian Options with Hotel

When booking accommodation remember to check to see if they provide any vegan/vegetarian options in their menu.

(6) Book Accommodation with a Kitchen

If you want to have more control over your vegan/vegetarian options. You can book apartments or hotels with kitchens. You can book this type of accommodation through AirBnB.

This will give you the opportunity to shop for your favourite ingredients and it will enable you to have more control over what you are eating. You can also pack some food for when you are going out.

Bonus Tip:- If you are going to be cooking often during your trip, you may want to book accommodation near a supermarket.

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(7) Book a Vegan Friendly Hotel

Alternatively you can find vegan friendly accommodation if you want the full vegan/experience. In the hotel it is very likely that the guests will also be vegan so you will have a greater chance of meeting new people that will share advice, recommendations and tips during your trip.

(8) Be Clear and Ask for what you want

When you visit a restaurant. Please be aware that you do not have to order what is on the menu. The chef can create a vegan/vegetarian dish for you according to your request.  Please ensure that you are nice, respectful and polite and they will be happy to help you out.

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(9) Eat Little Amounts Throughout the Day

Get used to eating small amounts throughout the day. Fruits, nuts, vegetables always take food with you. This will keep the hunger away and keep you satisfied.

(10) Get Involved In the Culture

Before booking your trip ensure that you research the all the national local vegan/vegetrarian dishes and make sure you try them all. See it as one big adventure and remember to fully enjoy the moment.

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