This is a guest post by Lela Lake.
Traveling around the world for the first time and worrying you’ll have to compromise your meat-free ethics when you visit exotic locales? Never fear, there’s a simple solution — just try accommodations at vegetarian-friendly hostels like these that embrace a gentle approach to living.
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Find out more about these properties and other veg-friendly accommodations on the vegetarian traveler page at HostelBookers.com, but have a little peak below:
Hotel Na Balam – Playa Norte, Q.Roo Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Chill way out at this affordable tropical paradise nestled on an island in the Mexican Caribbean just 20 minutes (by boat) from Cancun. Crisp, beautifully maintained jungle-style accommodations are just the beginning! After your complimentary Continental breakfast, attend Yoga class to achieve new depths of tranquility, bliss out around the landscaped swimming pool or guzzle natural fruit juices at the Palapa Bar while contemplating gorgeous ocean views. Prepare to be impressed by their romantic Zazil Ha restaurant that dishes out divine vegetarian fusion cuisine. As evening falls, kick up your heels at the nightclub or take a serene walk along the moonlit beach.
Nomad Guesthouse and Café – Shuhe Ancient Town Lijiang, China
Modeled after the famed Tibetan establishment of the same name, you’ll find equal dedication to providing guests with healthy, affordable cuisine that has made their namesake a magnet for backpackers. Delicious buffets of vegan and vegetarian dishes are offered in a communal atmosphere that encourages visitors and locals to mingle and exchange travel tips. Contemplate your navel in the “Dharma Hall” or rent a bicycle for an excursion into the fresh air of the surrounding countryside.
Manso Boutique Guesthouse – Guayaquil, Ecuador
Relax in the quixotic radiance of this classic establishment offering rooms with romantic balconies over the Guayas River. Their all natural restaurant delights in using local grains, vegetables and fruits to concoct delicious vegetarian meals (both Ecuadorian and American) for reasonable prices. Balance your chakras with Reiki and reflexology sessions and attend onsite Yoga classes to harmonize your mind/body connection.
Sir Toby’s Hostel – Prague, Czech Republic
Located just a few doors down from a sweet supermarket, you can take advantage of the well-stocked communal kitchen or BBQ area at this cozy hostel to impress your fellow travelers with your vegetarian culinary skills! The art nouveau architecture includes a way cool pub in a brick cellar with Czech beers on tap or you can hold your own party on the rooftop terrace. Cozy dorm or private rooms have fluffy beds and the travel desk will arrange an informative guided city tour.
Ling Sabai Bungalows – Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand
No wonder this place is called the “Happy Monkey”…not only do they serve up mouth-watering vegetarian dishes with traditional Thai and Western recipes in their cozy restaurant, they’ll cheerfully deliver it to your personal bungalow so you can dine in delicious privacy. Choose between budget-priced communal accommodations or private facilities with great views and lots of elbow room. Walk to the Haad Yao beach where you can dive, surf or just watch the world go by from a shoreline café.
Bed and Breakfast Novecento – Trapani, Italy
Dedicated to sustainable practices, this vegetarian based B&B understands that environmentally-conscious travelers relax even more when lodged in quarters that reduce their carbon footprint. The sunny, uncluttered rooms are cooled by ceiling fans that catch the sweet Mediterranean breezes as they waft through the huge windows. Bask in the warm Sicilian hospitality of your hosts while relishing your meat-free breakfast made with local ingredients and cooked with traditional techniques. Located just steps from the Piazza del Duomo, you’ll find it hard to leave this charming “home away from home.”
Lela Lake is a staff writer at Hostelbookers.com and an avid vegetarian traveler.