Viva La Vegan!

I'm excited that in a week's time I'll be heading off on my next overseas adventures - this time to Europe!

EU adventures

Check out my travel photos on Instagram: Leigh-Chantelle & Viva la Vegan!

I'm leaving Brisbane, Australia on 15 May and will be overseas until the end of August. I'm mostly going to speak at various Summer vegan events, and to catch up with a lot of my friends and some family over that side of the world. My Vegan Athletes Book also sells the best in Europe, so that was another reason why I jumped at the chance to head there. I was aiming to go in October 2016, but it was just going to be WAY too cold for me considering I don't really like anything under 20 degrees Celcius... This will be my first time over that side of the world, so I'm excited about trying something new. I'm quite experienced with travel in America and South East Asia, so it's a bit out of my comfort zone, but I'm sure the ride will be worth it!

Please have a look through my itinerary below, and get in touch if you'd like to catch up, have ideas of places I should visit, places I can stay, and people who might want to be interviewed for my Interviews with Inspiring Vegans series. I love trains, so train trips and road trips are up the top of my list of things to do. I've got a few weeks spare here and there in between events, and am open to exploring new areas. I much prefer the coast and mountains to the cities.

Watch my European Video Vlog here:

 

Here's my itinerary:

May 16 - 19 Staying at a vegan AirBnB with Farrah (a friend of a friend)

May 19 - 22 Staying with my good friend Jeremy (Vegan Perfection) and his wife Bec in Corsham, near Bath.

Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 May: Bristol VegFest

I'm speaking SUNDAY on International Activism & Engaging Abroad from 1-1:45pm, here's my blurb:

How can we learn from other countries and cultures as we advocate respect for animals, animal rights, and veganism abroad? Join 20-year vegan veteran Leigh-Chantelle as she shares her expertise in International travel, activism, and promoting the vegan lifestyle. From her home in Australia, to her many travels to South East Asia and America, learn about engaging in activism while travelling, issues unique to specific regions/cultures/governments, the bond and division caused by identifying as vegan, and supporting activism abroad while sitting on your couch. Find out about some of Australia’s progresses and challenges, and how the online world has helped spread the image of diversity of the vegan movement and message around the world - or has it? WATCH THE VIDEO OF MY PRESENTATION.

LC Bristol VegFestUK

I'm also speaking about Online Etiquette & Dealing with Negativity Online from 5-5:45pm, here's that blurb:

So many people are mean online, don’t listen, don’t read, and don’t communicate well. How do we as vegans and activists remember to rise above the negativity, and focus on our aims and core values? 20-year vegan veteran Leigh-Chantelle shares her expertise on how to effectively use our time and energy to promote the positive aspects of veganism, and inspire others to lead by example online. Learn more about how to communicate effectively online, work together, deal with trolls, online etiquette, and how to be the best vegan you can be - online and beyond. WATCH THE VIDEO OF MY PRESENTATION.

WATCH my promo video for Bristol. See their website for more info.

Monday 22 - Friday 26 May I'll be on my first Workaway with Donna and her family outside of Kendal, near the Lake District

Friday 26 - Monday 29 Staying in Manchester with Dan, one of the organisers of VON, and his family

Saturday 27 May: VON Manchester Vegan Fair

I'm speaking on 20 Years a Vegan from 1-2pm. Here's my blurb:

20 years ago, most people didn’t know what a vegan was, let alone how to pronounce the term! Cut to now and veganism seems to be on trend in a lot of ways, in a lot of areas in the world. Join 20-year vegan veteran Leigh-Chantelle as she shares the changes - both good and bad - she’s experienced over the past 20 years on her vegan journey. Find out the areas we need to focus on for the long-term growth of an inclusive, ethical vegan lifestyle for all. Find out some of the past and present challenges, what’s changed, and what’s stayed the same in the vegan and activism movement. WATCH THE VIDEO OF MY PRESENTATION.

WATCH my promo video for Manchester. See their website for more info.

Monday 29 May - Monday 5 June I'm staying with my (New Zealand) friend Aryan, who's just moved back to the UK at her place in East Hoathly, ouside of Lewes, near Brighton

Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 June: Vegan Summer Fest Brighton

I'll be speaking on Sunday at 3pm, giving a 1.5 hour presentation on Promoting Veganism Online with Q&As to follow. Here's my blurb:

Being vegan is not enough, we need to be using our skills to promote the positive and inclusive elements of the vegan lifestyle when we can. Leigh-Chantelle shares her expertise on how to effectively use our time and energy to promote the core ethics of veganism online, and inspire others to become more effective activists in every possible arena. Learn more about working together, dealing with trolls, online etiquette and leading by example from a 20-year vegan veteran. Find out more about how you can help promote and market yourself, your product, your brand or your vision for a better world using Social Media and other means online. WATCH THE VIDEO OF MY PRESENTATION.

See their website for more info.

Straight after Brighton, I'm heading to see my second cousin Kelly in Belgium for Monday 5 - Monday 12 June

Monday 12 - Friday 16 June staying with Geoff, a friend of a friend, in Swanage.

Saturday 17 - Monday 19 staying in a hotel in Bournemouth for the event over the weekend

Various Vegan events

Saturday 17 - Sunday 18 June: Bournemouth Vegan Fair

I'll be speaking about Online Etiquette & Dealing with Negativity Online at 2pm on Saturday - here's that blurb:

So many people are mean online, don’t listen, don’t read, and don’t communicate well. How do we as vegans and activists remember to rise above the negativity, and focus on our aims and core values? 20-year vegan veteran Leigh-Chantelle shares her expertise on how to effectively use our time and energy to promote the positive aspects of veganism, and inspire others to lead by example online. Learn more about how to communicate effectively online, work together, deal with trolls, online etiquette, and how to be the best vegan you can be - online and beyond.

I'll also be speaking on Promoting Veganism Online at 12:15pm on Sunday - here's my blurb:

Being vegan is not enough, we need to be using our skills to promote the positive and inclusive elements of the vegan lifestyle when we can. Leigh-Chantelle shares her expertise on how to effectively use our time and energy to promote the core ethics of veganism online, and inspire others to become more effective activists in every possible arena. Learn more about working together, dealing with trolls, online etiquette and leading by example from a 20-year vegan veteran. Find out more about how you can help promote and market yourself, your product, your brand or your vision for a better world using Social Media and other means online.

WATCH my promo video for Bournemouth. See their website for more info.

On Monday 19 June I'll be heading to Alicante, Spain to stay with Ted and Jacqui (two train friends who I met on a sleeper train from Butterworth, Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand). 

Monday 26 June heading to a Workaway for a vegan cafe in Marbella, Spain to help out with their menu (with a night in Munich, Germany en route to Italy)

8 July will be in South Tyrol, Northern Italy with Jean Paul (one of my favourite travel companions, who I met on a bus in Java, Indonesia years ago) for 10 days.

Another night in Munich, Germany this time en route to Warsaw, Poland to stay with Dobroslawa (an activist friend) for a few nights

23 July in Amsterdam, Netherlands staying with (friend of a friend) Michiel for a bit over a week

Friday 28 - Sunday 30 July: Isle of Wight Vegan Festival

Update mid-June: This event has been cancelled.

I'll be speaking on Promoting Veganism Online, not sure of the time yet. Here's the blurb:

Being vegan is not enough, we need to be using our skills to promote the positive and inclusive elements of the vegan lifestyle when we can. Leigh-Chantelle shares her expertise on how to effectively use our time and energy to promote the core ethics of veganism online, and inspire others to become more effective activists in every possible arena. Learn more about working together, dealing with trolls, online etiquette and leading by example from a 20-year vegan veteran. Find out more about how you can help promote and market yourself, your product, your brand or your vision for a better world using Social Media and other means online.

WATCH my promo video for Isle of Wight. See their website for more info.

2 August still in Netherlands, this time in Kampen for a few nights with (long-term friend and ex-workmate) Maritza and her partner Cas.

7 August staying with Constantin (one of my favourite travel companions, who I met in an Ubud bungalow years ago) in Groningen for my last few nights in Netherlands.

Thursday 10 - Sunday 13 will be in Liverpool for the Viva! event

Saturday 12 August: Liverpool Viva! Vegan Festival

I'm speaking on International Activism & Engaging Abroad at 2-3pm, here's my blurb:

How can we learn from other countries and cultures as we advocate respect for animals, animal rights, and veganism abroad? Join 20-year vegan veteran Leigh-Chantelle as she shares her expertise in International travel, activism, and promoting the vegan lifestyle. From her home in Australia, to her many travels to South East Asia and America, learn about engaging in activism while travelling, issues unique to specific regions/cultures/governments, the bond and division caused by identifying as vegan, and supporting activism abroad while sitting on your couch. Find out about some of Australia’s progresses and challenges, and how the online world has helped spread the image of diversity of the vegan movement and message around the world - or has it?

WATCH my promo video for Liverpool. See their website for more info.

Sunday 13 heading to Westbury on Severn to stay with (clients and friends) Lee and Sue at their new house in the countryside for a couple of nights.

Tuesday 15 stayed in Leeds at an Air BnB (my first!) for a couple of nights so I could go on a steam train from Keighley to Haworth, where the Bronte sisters are from. This one one of the highlights of my trip.

17 -23 August I'll be in London staying with my favourite cousin, Matt

Leaving London on Wednesday 23 August, but won't be home for awhile as I'm heading to Bali to chill out after all this travel!! Home in Brisbane, Australia end of September now.

Want to see what I've been doing? See my travel photos on Instagram: Leigh-Chantelle & Viva la Vegan!

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