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Laura Carson Miller is freelance lifestyle writer in Atlanta, writing for magazines and the web. Her favorite subjects include beauty, health/wellness, and financial issues. She is also an avid cook, gardener, fashionista and interior st...

Travel made easy for vegan lifestyles

If you’re a vegan -- you abstain from eating or using animal products -- you likely know where you can find vegan food and apparel. But when it comes time to take a vacation, are you up on all of your options?

Vegan food on the beach

With a rise in those living the vegan lifestyle, businesses are taking notice and giving the people what they want in the way of trips designed to honor and expand their chosen path.

At the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona, owner Dr. Gabriel Cousens serves 100 percent live organic vegan cuisine in the Tree of Life Café. The plant-sourced-only foods are separated into glycemic index phases, and the Tree of Life Foundation has a 3-acre garden that supplies the café with fresh food year-round. As a registered center guest, all of your meals are included in the price of your stay, or if you are in town you can simply stop to sample their lovely cuisine.

If you’re looking for a fun weekend getaway that respects your environmentally conscious lifestyle, why not try the Cedar House Inn and Yurts? This green bed-and-breakfast, located in Dahlonega, Georgia, boasts more than 300 trees and 27 varieties of edible plants, planted and tended by innkeepers who are active permaculturists (an ecological system for sustainability in all aspects of human endeavor). Meals are all-vegetarian and they will happily serve vegan, gluten-free or other special diet meals with advance notice. If you are feeling very adventurous, you can skip the inn and stay in a yurt, which offers a glimpse of "glamping," with queen-size beds and simulated woodstoves.

Are you getting married and want to take a honeymoon where you can easily embrace your veganism? Check out the Vegan Honeymoons website, where you can peruse 11 global destinations with vegan-friendly accommodations and eco-friendly sightseeing tours.

You may be surprised to learn that even Las Vegas has gone vegan, with Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Resorts offering vegan dining in their restaurants. Renowned vegan chef Tal Ronnen is the genius behind the menus, which Steve Wynn insisted his establishments serve after the changes in his own eating habits proved so helpful. So if you’re a high-rolling vegan or even just a vegan wanna-be looking to try something new in Vegas, you’re in luck!

As our society wakes up to the effects of the food we eat each day, many more are choosing to cut down on, if not eliminate, certain dietary choices altogether. It's comforting to know that your lifestyle choices can be supported when you travel away from home. It’s one less thing to worry about and even something to look forward to.

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