Hi, welcome to Samsara Vegan Travels!
My name is Stefan van de Wetering, 47, from the Netherlands and addicted to travel. My first real journey was to the USA where I worked as a volunteer in a summer camp, this was back in 1994. Since that moment I traveled more and more. I finished my University Degree in The Netherlands and found a job, but that never held me back in exploring the globe as much as I could. I have quit steady jobs several times to venture out into the unknown, to explore different countries and cultures and to experience the ultimate freedom. So far, I have visited 57 countries (see the image below for countries I have visited). I have a strong preference to travel in South-East Asia, Japan and New Zealand.
My Personal Experience with Vegan Travel
As a Vegan, I know from personal experience that traveling the globe and being Vegan can be quite a challenge.
Although Veganism is definitely on the rise and there are a growing number of Vegan eateries in most countries in the world, there are still a lot of misunderstandings about Veganism, especially when it comes to food.
During my travels over the years, I have explored and will continue to explore nice places to eat Vegan food, and luckily other people are doing the same and are sharing those experiences. I want to take all my travelers to these restaurants so they don't have to search for them. I know how much time that can take, and how stressful that can be. Especially if you are hungry!
A Vegan Travel Agency is born
In 2018, I turned my love for traveling and a growing demand for Vegan oriented travel opportunities, into the birth of my own travel agency.
I want to take as many people to all my favorite countries, to enjoy the culture & people, the animals, nature and, last but not least, the Vegan delicacies. On top of that I want to give my travelers an opportunity to visit animal sanctuaries or rescue centers where everything evolves around the animals and not the visitors, and help out. I want to give them the experience of a relaxing, exciting and meaningful holiday, while sampling some delicious local delicacies.
Countries I have visited.
My Going Vegan Story
My mission is to convince as many people as possible all over the world not to exploit animals and people, and live a compassionate life by doing the least harm possible. A great way to start that conversation, is through food and asking non-vegans to cook Vegan food for you. Being kind is the bottom line for me.
Our Tour Leaders
Hi, my name is Brenda Waldekker and I am one of the tour leaders at Samsara Vegan Travels. I have a background in Cultural Anthropology and Nutrition. I love traveling, being in nature, cooking and exploring foods from different cuisines. I have been Vegan for almost 3 years. I love taking people around the world and showing them how beautiful the world is.
Countries I have visited.