About Us

Hi!

Stefan & Brenda in GöteborgWe are Stefan and Brenda, owners of Samsara Vegan Travels and this is our story:

For most of our lives, we have both been avid travelers. Alone and later together, we have had the pleasure and profound luck to be able to see a lot of different countries and experience a lot of different cultures.
Our love story even begins on a website for travelers, if you can believe it!
When we both went vegan for ethical reasons, we experienced a few difficulties that made traveling suddenly a lot less fun and a lot less relaxed. Finding vegan food, we found, was quite a challenge and in some places we traveled, finding something edible would take up a large chunk of our day. The result was that we had less time to see all these wonderful places and less time to enjoy them, because we were in a bad mood a lot of the time.

Back in the Netherlands, we thought to ourselves: we can't be the only vegan travelers with this experience. There must be a lot of vegans out there worrying about being able to find vegan food in the countries they want to visit. What if we could take away that hassle for them, so they can truly enjoy their holiday while still being able to adhere to their vegan principles?

Out of this, Samsara Vegan Travels was born....

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Stefan

Stefan is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour leader who turned his passion for discovering the world into work.
Born in the small country of the Netherlands, Stefan developed a taste for travel from a young age. Soon afer graduating University his trips outside of the Netherlands expanded rapidly.

Throughout the years, Stefan has quit several jobs to venture out into the unknown and to experience the ultimate freedom. So far, he has been able to visit 57 countries. While he has been to many countries, he has a strong love and preference for South-East Asia, Japan and New Zealand.
In 2018, he combined his love for traveling and a growing demand for Vegan oriented travel opportunities, and started Samsara Vegan Travels, supported by his wife Brenda.

Brenda

Brenda has been interested in countries, cultures and languages from a young age. She has a Master's degree in Social Anthropology and has spent several portions of her life living in different countries. Together with Stefan she has lived in New Zealand, Sweden and the UK and they have traveled all over South-East Asia. Although many countries interest her, she is particularly passionate about New Zealand, Sweden, Myanmar and Japan.

Brenda has her own health coach business and web design business, but she is currently devoting much of her time to Samsara Vegan Travels and hopes to one day be able to add health and meditation related travels to the itinerary.

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Together, we form a strong team with a lot of experience and passion for what we do and love. Our aim is to make vegan travel easy and fun and bring together like-minded people who love exploring the world as much as we do.

Our Values

Everything we do, every decision we make in our company and private lives is based on the guiding belief that it is wrong to harm sentient beings. We are ethical vegans and that is why we seek to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. We also strongly believe that violence is never the answer.

Joy and enjoyment is an important part of life and of our travel experience. Travel should be fun and exciting and our tours are a joyous experience where you will create fond memories.

We feel it is important to have a sense of connectedness with others. That is why we want to build a community of vegan travelers who enjoy sharing experiences and each other's company.
We are dedicated to offering the best service we can. We will do everything within our reasonable power to offer travel experiences you will love. This means we are dedicated to listening to your needs.
Our passion for traveling and the countries we visit guides us in our business endeavors. This means we will never offer tours to destinations we do not feel passionate about.
Freedom of choice is important to us. We believe everyone should have the freedom to choose whether they want to follow our program for excursions and meals or do their own thing.
We believe it is important to be respectful and not don't judge when you don't know what someone's story is. We do not tolerate any form of discrimination, including racism, sexism, hetero-sexism, ageism, ableism, and classism. Everyone is welcome and should feel safe with us.
We believe that the practice of exchanging things or ideas with others for mutual benefit is important to create a better world and a better business. We shouldn't just take, but give freely. This is reflected in the choices we make: we like to support local businesses and rescue centers where we can.

WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

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