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Elephants and Ethical Tourism

I’ve had the privilege and honor of being in the presence of these magnificent beings in:

*Thailand
*Rwanda
*Botswana
*California
*Texas

And in September, we hope to see them in France at Europe’s first sanctuary for elephants rescued from circuses and zoos. 🥰  (Check out Elephant Haven.)

France just announced its plans to re-open by June, and with the hope that’s on the horizon, our 2021 trips are filling up! 🥳

👉👉Visit JoyfulVeganTrips.com, and join us to experience the joy, abundance, camaraderie, and compassion that characterize our Vegan Trips Around the World with moi my amazing husband, and my incredible travel partners, World Vegan Travel

🙏Just as ivory belongs to elephants, elephants belong in the wild. ⠀

ETHICAL TOURISM
As I discuss in my Food for Thought podcast episode “Ethical Tourism,” please remember (and remind your friends and family) to avoid any outfit — both domestically and internationally — that involves / sells / promotes any of the following experiences: 

*Elephant Rides
*Elephant Paintings
*Elephants in Zoos
*Elephants in Circuses 

…or the use of elephants in any form of entertainment. 
RED FLAGS / GREEN WASHING:

—Chains
—Ropes
—Hooks / Bull-hooks
—Baby elephants without their mothers
—a place that calls itself a “sanctuary” but has elephants chained in any way or allows riding or sells paintings by elephants

HAVE YOU BEEN TO AN ELEPHANT SANCTUARY? Please let me know in the comments below!

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Best Vegan Backpack Ever!

(READ TO THE END TO GET YOUR 10% DISCOUNT!)

I’m not a girlie girl. I don’t like purses or clutches or anything that feels fussy. I like cross-body bags and backpacks, but the cross-body bags I was wearing started hurting my shoulder, so it was time to return to backpacks.

I have a very practical one from REI I like a lot, but it’s a little too casual for every occasion, so before I left for our first Vegan Paris / Alsace group trip in December 2018, I started shopping for a vegan leather backpack that was stylish as well as functional and ethical. I couldn’t find anything I liked and didn’t want to risk paying for something online that would be expensive to ship back. Alas, I ventured to Europe with my cotton backpack and figured I’d keep looking another time. (I hate shopping.)

One of the features of our Vegan Paris / Alsace Trip is a vegan / food walking tour in the Marais region of Paris, and as our lovely guide told us about the history, walked us around, and pointed out various relevant sites, she casually called our attention to a vegan leather bag shop as we walked past it. Well, far be it from vegans to pass up such a shop, so we all doubled back to see if it was open. It was closed. As we pressed our faces against the glass peering into the minimalist shop, the owner sat at his desk peering back probably wondering who this hoard of nosey Americans were. He was kind enough (and lucky enough) to open his doors for us, and it was heaven…especially for me.

This isn’t simply a vegan leather bag shop. It is a family-owned shop that specializes in one brilliant product: an animal-free, ethically made BACKPACK that comes in 3 different sizes and 10+ different colors. I couldn’t believe it. The vegan gods had smiled upon me. The bag is stylish, functional, and designed for security. (The zipper closure is hidden when closed so pickpockets can’t pick!) It’s even won awards for this design!

Truly, everything I wanted in a backpack is in this bag. It’s very stylish, very comfortable (it fits like a vest so the weight is equally distributed all over the back), lightweight, waterproof, and large enough to fit a laptop (and I got the small size!). They’re also unisex! They’re not cheap, but that’s the point: this is an ethical bag made from an environmentally friendly material that’s meant to LAST!!

The most difficult part was choosing a color. I picked a neutral dark gray color, and 4 other of our travelers bought their own: in taupe, black, teal, and mustard. 

When we returned to Paris for our 2019 Vegan Paris / Alsace Trip, we made sure a visit to Arsayo was built into our walking tour, and this time we got to see their new line of cork bags (which is what they’re focusing on now since the material is more environmentally friendly than the synthetic leather). 

NOW YOU CAN GET YOUR OWN with a 10% discount by visiting Arsayo.com and entering joyfulvegan as the coupon code! 

Our travelers in 2019 fell in love with them as well and can’t wait to use them as advocacy tools — gifting the bags to friends and family to demonstrate how you can be fashionable AND ethical!

Which is YOUR favorite color?

A Magical Fairytale Vegan Holiday!

I LOVE TO TRAVEL. I love being vegan. I love Christmas, especially in Europe! I love romance and forests and twinkling lights. I love spending time with compassionate, kind, fun peeps. Now, imagine combining ALL of that in a little ball of MAGIC: A FAIRYTALE CHRISTMAS TRIP IN FRANCE AND GERMANY!

Quaint villages, historic medieval towns, magical Christmas markets, romantic castles, beautiful vineyards, and every food non-vegans eat that we do better (because you know: animals): croissants, fondue, onion soups, seitan bourguignon, pain au chocolats, pâtés, and black forest cakes! This is France and Germany, after all! I know it’s insane.

We have THREE CPG VEGAN TRIPS currently running. You know how you tell me what you want — and I do it? Well, here you go: you asked me to replicate the trips I’ve talked about on my podcast, so here it is. Let’s spend NOËL together this year!

You can view the very special itinerary at alsace.cpgtrips.com (including our Christmas feast, cooking classes, wine tastings, and more)! BUT HERE’S THE CATCH: FOR THIS TRIP TO BE A GO, WE NEED YOU TO SECURE YOUR SPOT BY MARCH 10th! (And that’s just two days after my BIRTHDAY, and that would be the best gift ever!)

If you want to experience the joy and abundance of living a compassionate life CPG-style, then secure your spot today! Get clicking, or it ain’t gonna happen! (And now, stop asking me to do stuff, okay? Cause I take it really seriously!)

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