We are Victoria and Adam, co-founders of Vegans with Appetites. Our story is one united by a love of food.
For the past 6 years, we have been traveling the world full time without a home. Our food-infused journey has taken us to the ultimate vegan culinary hotspots and best restaurants as well as introduced us to must-try local dishes. As a matter of fact, our favorite part of traveling is experiencing the world through food. That's why most of our favorite travel memories are connected to eating such as devouring Indian masala dosas, falling in love with the Ethiopian cuisine and hunting down the best vegan gelato in Rome.
We travel to discover local cuisines to have our minds blown by the traditional food of the countries we visit. Lucky enough, many of the world's greatest culinary delights and our favorite cuisines are extremely vegan-friendly.
By sharing our experiences, we want to show you that it’s possible, even easy, to travel the world and live cruelty-free.
I perhaps started my journey of travel and veganism in one of the most unlikely places of all, Georgia (the country). The wheels started to spin in early 2011 and I decided to become vegetarian. A few shorts months after, I graduated college and with no other plans other than experiencing the world.
I scoured Dave's ESL cafe and stumbled upon a program called Teach and Learn with Georgia. After an application, a few interviews, and a doctor's clearance I set off to teach English in Georgia.
Little did I know that that experience would change the course of my life forever. Living in a tiny village where no foreigners had ever set foot was a culture shock, to say the least. But those 3 months taught me more than I could have ever imagined. Living among free roaming cows and pigs also struck a deeper chord in me and so in December 2011, I became vegan.
Coming home with reverse culture shock as a vegan with a taste of the wide-open world meant I could never return to the life I once knew. So in March 2013, I set off to Thailand on a one-way ticket with the sole goal of traveling for as long as possible.
I spent the next 11 months traveling solo all over Asia. I volunteered for 3 months at an animal shelter in Koh Lanta, helped with disaster relief in the Philippines, trekked the Himalayas and spent 10 days in silence doing Vipassana in Nepal. I also met Adam at the end of December 2013 in Vang Vieng, Laos and the rest is history. The trip changed my life and my hunger for travel became insatiable.
During these past 7 years as a vegan, I have also witnessed the world shift and embrace veganism. Now this beautiful movement is becoming more and more accepted, and being vegan is easier today than ever before.
Fun Facts about Victoria:
- I am a dual citizen and have grown up in two different cultures with half of my family in Italy and the other half in America.
- I have an unquestionable love and compassion for animals and I stop to greet every four-legged animal I meet. This usually proves to be time-consuming and tests Adam's patience but is nevertheless an absolute priority.
- I have trekked the Himalayas twice in my 20’s.
Two days after my 18th birthday, I got on a night train from my home in Lund, Sweden to Berlin with nothing but an overly-packed backpack and a never-before-experienced restlessness rushing through my body. My friends were supposed to have joined me, but since they all backed out last minute, I decided to go alone.
Eventually, the decision to travel around Europe for a month would bring me around the world, connect me with my soulmate, change the foundation of my moral code by opening my eyes to veganism, allow me to work in three separate continents, inspire me to start a business, and take me to places most people only dream of visiting.
Since that first trip through Europe, I have seen several of the world’s 7 wonders, trekked in the Himalayas, sled down a volcano in Nicaragua, slept on beaches across Southern Europe, gone diving on isolated paradise islands, and eaten food I never even knew existed.
In addition to travel, my identity is deeply rooted in my love for food and especially cooking. In fact, cooking has always been a passion for me. As a 6-year old, I used to put together three-course meals for my family, spending all day planning and preparing elaborate dishes that I had seen on cooking shows on the TV.
Still, to this day, I daydream of ingredients and can plan food combinations for days before I execute them. Better yet, becoming vegan introduced me to a whole new world of ingredients and tastes. It also helped me widen my horizon to new cuisines, flavors, and textures I had never experienced before.
Few things excite me as much as laying my hands on fresh produce like a bag of deep red cherry tomatoes or over-sized, multi-colored peppers in Italy. I love being transported to my childhood from the scent of vegetables roasting over garlic and rosemary in the oven. And I can’t wait for the next time I’ll be overwhelmed by the scent of spices when entering a local eatery in South Asia.
And bread. Freshly baked, doughy, oozing hot bread is, and will always be my weak spot. It doesn't matter if it an Indian paratha, a Mexican corn tortilla, a piece of focaccia, or just your average roll from the grocery store. I love bread!
Fun Facts About Adam:
- I travel the world with a chef’s knife because it is essential to cooking great food in any kitchen.
- I learned how to drive a scooter during a two-week stint in one of Indian's busiest cities, without crashing once, although fearing for my life on a daily basis.
- I worked on an organic permaculture coffee farm in the mountains of Malaysia helping the locals plant, harvest, and roast fresh coffee beans.