It’s Travel Blogger Thursday again! This week, we’ve interviewed Jojo of Vegan in Brighton, a blog about travel and yummy vegan cuisine – a bit like our blog! It’s no wonder I enjoy Jojo’s blog so much. Read on to read more about this traveler…and baker of vegan treats!
What inspires you to travel and what do you enjoy most about traveling?
I think almost anything could inspire me to travel but the three things that first spring to mind are beautiful beaches, exciting new food and interesting people. I really enjoy discovering new things when I travel and then getting to pass that knowledge on to other people via my blog. Recently I’ve been travelling with my husband a lot and getting to spend every day with him is my favourite. I also love meeting up and hanging out with
online friends when I travel, it’s so cool when you finally get to meet someone you’ve been talking to for years and it just clicks.
Where is your favourite destination and why?
This is such a tough question! I’m pretty in love with Austin, TX. I visited with my husband in October 2012 and we had the best time. I loved the weather, the breakfast tacos, outdoor swimming, Capital City Bakery brownies, the awesome vegan community…I could go on but I think you catch my drift. I actually squeaked and jumped up and down when I heard that Vida Vegan Con, the vegan lifestyle and blogging conference, would be held there in May 2015.
When did you start to travel, and where did you first visit?
I’ve always loved to travel, I have great memories of trips to France, Spain and Greece from my childhood and I actually signed up for an Ancient History class at college just so that I could visit Rome!
Why did you start your blog, and what do you enjoy most about blogging?
I started my blog a little over five years ago for two reasons; to tell people about the great vegan food in my city and to document my travels. I really enjoy being a part of the vegan blogging community, I guess I just really love connecting with people online!
What do you like to bring back from the places you’ve visited?
Food! Last time I visited the US I came home with a suitcase stuffed full of exciting things I can’t find in the UK. I’m also building up quite the collection of magnets from the countries and cities I’ve visited!
Where do you plan on visiting next?
This summer I’m heading to Mallorca for a short break and then I’ll be re-visiting one of my favourite places, Austin! My friends and I are also heading down the coast to Cornwall in August to go camping and to check out a new vegan restaurant that’s recently opened there.
What are your reasons for choosing a vegan diet, and how long have you been vegan?
I went vegan around eight years ago for animal rights reasons. I’d been vegetarian for a while and eventually it hit me that I didn’t want to be complicit in any form of animal cruelty. Watching a video of what happens to the baby chicks the egg industry doesn’t want pushed me over the edge and I know I’ll be vegan forever.
In your travels, where are the best places to find vegan food and where are the worst places?
Y’know I don’t think I’ve ever been anywhere where it’s been super hard to find vegan food but as long as there’s fruit and bread I’ll be happy! Japan was a little challenging at times but thanks to my well honed research skills and Japan’s burgeoning vegan community I enjoyed amazing food on that trip. New York City is a fantastic place to be vegan, the options are so varied; from fancy upscale places to more budget friendly pizza slices and knishes, they have everything!
When you’re not traveling, you operate a not-for-profit vegan bakery! Please tell us about the kinds of baked goods you make, where people can buy them, and the
charities you support!
My not-for-profit bakery is called Operation Icing and I’m based in the North Laine area of Brighton. I focus on cupcakes because I love them but also because I have a tiny oven that can’t handle a layer cake at all! I donate 100% of my profits to animal charities including Sea Shepherd, Raystede Animal Sanctuary, The East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service and Wild Futures who operate a monkey sanctuary in Cornwall.
I currently sell my cupcakes at one of my favourite local vegetarian cafes WaiKikaMooKau and also through my website where you can order cupcakes in batches of 6 and up for collection in central Brighton.
Thank you so much for the awesome interview, Jojo! That cupcake looks amazing! And we love that you are so passionate about veganism and helping animal charities and sanctuaries. We’re definitely going to look up that pizza place the next time we’re in New York, too! You can connect with Jojo at her blog and on Twitter.
Every Thursday, we’re going to be featuring a fellow travel blogger and highlighting their journeys around the world. If you’re a travel blogger and would like to be interviewed for this weekly series, please contact us.