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Byway’s Flight Free Vegan Planner


This Veganuary, flight-free travel company Byway will launch a first of its kind dynamic vegan holiday planner to help carbon conscious consumers enjoy plant based holidays by train, boat and bus: 100% flight free and 100% vegan.

Byway’s technology creates multi-stop trips fully personalised for the holidaymaker, and optimises for quality of experience instead of speed. With the vegan planning feature, trips prioritise curated accommodation, restaurant recommendations and activities selected for their excellence for vegan travellers. All trips include a 100% Covid refund guarantee if restrictions affect travel.

Getting on a plane is the single worst thing an individual can do for their carbon footprint, but travel is often overlooked as a way to cut emissions compared to choosing a vegan lifestyle for the same reason. This Veganuary, Byway says: why not both?

Cat Jones, Founder and CEO, Byway, says, “We believe that the best way to reduce carbon emissions is to make low carbon activities more enjoyable than carbon-intensive ones. Slow travel – by trains, boats, buses and bikes – allows for a thoughtful, holistic and authentic experience of a region. Last year, we saw a surge in requests for fully vegan holidays from our travellers as well as our team (20% of us are vegan!), so we’ve refined our technology and data so it can create trips that emphasise vegan highlight experiences throughout.’

The carbon impact of rail travel is 14g of CO2 per passenger mile, compared to 285g for air travel. Giving up meat for a year saves 2.7 tonnes of carbon, which is about the same as a return flight from London to San Francisco. Taking a holistic approach to carbon reduction prevents one lifestyle change being pitted against another, and instead facilitates the ability to make multiple daily choices that add up.

Top vegan journeys Byway recommends:

Vegan journey to Berlin

Start your trip in France’s lively capital Paris, then head to Frankfurt, exploring the city’s vibrant food, arts and culture scene. Travel across the country to Berlin. Explore on foot or hire a bike to discover the myriad vegan options the city has to offer. Next stop is Hamburg with its punk-rock personality and maritime history. The final city on your vegan adventure is Amsterdam where Byway recommends some of the city’s best kept plant-based secrets. 12 days from £1,258pp.

Vegan Tuscany by train

Take a leisurely journey through France to Tuscany, making your way south to Turin, home to the slow food movement. Head south into the rolling hills of Tuscany, and stay in a sustainable, vegan agritourism, the perfect base to explore the surrounding landscape. Head back home with a stay en-route in the romantic city of Florence, and finally two nights to soak up the atmosphere of Paris. 15 days from £2,487pp.

Vegan Scotland Credit @murilog8
Vegan Scotland Credit @murilog8
Vegan Highlands & Islands

Discover the beauty of Scotland, delighting in the variety of plant-based highlights along the way. Start your trip in the vegan hotspot of Glasgow, then head west to the Isle of Mull. Next stop is the wild Isle of Skye, then a stop in Fort William on your way home. Spend the days hiking up hills, exploring hidden glens and wandering around lochs, and cosying up with a wee dram in the evening. 5 days from £333pp.

Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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