Veggie Visa – Exploring a Vegan Planet

The mission of the site Veggie Visa is to discover vegan lifestyle options all over the planet. Whether it be a delicious restaurants to dine at, great places to shop, vegan recipes, or health and wellness information, I’m devoted to traveling the globe to bring you great vegan resources, tips, and stories.

Who is Veggie Visa?

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Hi! I’m Randi, creator of Veggie Visa (and co-creator the travel site Just a Pack). 

I’m a wanderer, have moved over 20 times in my life, and love the freedom that comes along with living out of my suitcase. 

I left my life in NYC and job in legal marketing behind in 2014 to travel the world. I’ve since been to over 30 countries, and have no plans to stop traveling any time soon.

I’m a vegan (of course), love to cook, and am happiest when I’m lying on a beach in a foreign country. My favorite ice cream flavor is salted caramel, I love cows (seriously, see how much I love them here), and think cacti are the most beautiful plants on the planet.

My written work has been featured in publications like Marie Claire, XOJane, and A Women’s Thing. I have a background in marketing, culinary arts, and am a Certified Health Coach.

What is Veganism?

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Don’t let the V word scare you. Vegans don’t belong to a cult, and we’re not out to convert everyone we meet.  Being a vegan simply means that a person has chosen not to eat or use animal products, or anything that has been produced by harming or exploiting animals.

That’s it, nothing more.  It might sound boring or difficult but I guarantee it’s neither.  The best food I’ve had around the world (and I’ve been to a lot of places) is vegan and I’ve never had to go hungry or break my diet to survive.  

My Vegan Story

I used to hate the idea of veganism and vegetarianism. Now I try to figure out why I felt that way and I really don’t even have a good answer.

I guess I really believed that eating animals was something we needed to do to be healthy. I was very closed minded about the topic until one day a friend, whose opinions I respected, told me he was about to become vegetarian (over a big plate of osso buccco I’d made for him, no less).

Something clicked. I couldn’t deny that I was repulsed by the way animals were treated in factory farms, so I decided I’d stop eating those animals. This decision quickly steered me down a path of devouring facts about the realities of animal slaughter regardless of the size or type of farm they were being raised on.

Within a few months I became vegetarian but there was still something pulling at my conscious. I learned more and more about the cruelty that existed as a result of the dairy and egg industry. Over the next year or so I weaned myself off of milk products but continued to eat eggs.

When I was traveling throughout Thailand in 2014 I came face to face with animal cruelty and the complete lack of respect for animal life. On my last day in Thailand, before crossing the border to Cambodia, I decided to make the final step and go vegan.

Now, I can’t even imagine eating animal products. It’s such a strange and foreign concept to me.

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