An Open Letter to Family and Friends
Dear Family & Friends,
As we look back on the first year of the Vegan Food Quest (and the amazing year it’s been), we want you to know how important you have been to us and to say a big thank you for your support.
When we set off from home on 14th January 2014 we didn’t know what our new adventure would hold; we had a few loose plans, a list of places we wanted to eat at and a bag full of all of our possessions that we’d thought we would need (some of which we quickly sent back home of course).
One year on and we’ve explored Thailand, Malaysia, Java, Bali, Singapore, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and the Maldives and it’s fair to say we’ve eaten our way around all of these countries. We’ve met some fabulous people and seen a lot of things that have left us speechless, made us laugh and even driven us a little crazy at times.
Sunrise at Pansand on day 365
We’ve made a whole new bunch of friends in person, on Facebook and on Twitter; never before have we been in touch with so many people that are interested in vegan food and travel. All of you are absolute stars!
We follow your blogs, posts and tweets with interest and love it when we hear from you. And then there’s the comments you’ve left for us on our website, they help us keep on with writing and it makes you part of the record we are keeping of this amazing journey we’re on so do keep on letting us know what you think.
Thank you to everyone for putting up with endless pictures of vegan food we keep sharing; we know some of you love them but we also know that some of you have probably never had your newsfeed filled with so much vegan food. We just never knew that we’d find such amazing things to eat and that being vegan while travelling would be so easy.
Plus, as you know, we LOVE food and a lot of our memories are attached to the things we eat so when you see a picture of a tasty curry, a vegan burger or some kind of raw vegan cake creation, know that you are sharing a memory with us.
We’ve done a lot of research about vegan luxury travel and have been spreading the vegan message far and wide to people that don’t usually cater to plant based travellers; we’ve visited some beautiful places and eaten food that has been seriously impressive.
We’ve met chefs from around the world that shared our common passion for good food, sustainable living and great local ingredients – its been an education (hopefully not just for us!).
But we’ve also spent a lot of time discovering how local vegans eat and finding vegan food options on the street (we still really love street food) or in small local restaurants. In fact in a whole year we have only found one of two places that we struggled to find vegan food; South East Asia really is a paradise for vegans!
We’ve even managed to meet up with some of you whilst on our Vegan Food Quest to find eat and write about the best vegan food in the world, which has been nothing short of awesome. We have loved hanging out with you in a different part of the planet and without fail when you have all set off on your journey back home, we’ve been so sad to see you go and wished you could stay.
We loved those moments of being together, the laughter and of course the supplies of sun tan lotion, marmite, chia seeds, good chocolate, Space Bars and peanut butter you have brought with you. Not to mention Saints shirts (it’s a football thing), stickers, clothes, trainers, glasses and taking back stuff we can’t carry around…plus donating things to help us on our travels (from medical supplies, hats, scooters, spa treatments and even a roof over our heads)… all of these things have made our lives better for sure and we are truly, truly grateful for your generosity.
The second year of our Vegan Food Quest will see us heading through Thailand and Laos to Cambodia. We’ve already got a quick trip back to Malaysia booked in (to see the Formula 1 Grand Prix) and we’ll definitely be in Hong Kong at some stage too; who knows where else we’ll get to as the adventure continues!
So, as we begin another year of the Vegan Food Quest, we want to send you all vegan love and plant based happiness. Please do keep in touch and keep sharing your travel tips, vegan food suggestions and your thoughts with us.
Plus, let us know if you’re coming to South East Asia or if you’re already here and have something exciting to offer to vegan travellers, we’ll happily come and pay you a visit and help spread the vegan love.
Caryl and Paul