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New Website: Vegannomadguide.com

Postby barnz2k » Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:39 pm

Hey all

I have started a new website related to vegan travel, called http://www.vegannomadguide.com/

Although this went live around July last year, I hit the road again 3months later and am just getting back to it now. Basically its all vegan related travel advice written by me, the vegan nomad. I will include typical tourist information but coming from a vegan's perspective and a blunt opinion.

Yes there are a tonne of websites in this field already, but to be honest all of the ones I have seen are crap. Bad design, layout, hard to find information, out of date information.. I am sick of hunting for places that don't exist!

I have started with London, but will ad many more locations as free time permits. Next up will likely be mexico and Singapore (where I am currently living). But I have a lot of information (from personal experience) on many other places. Have currently visited around 40 countries and lived in 6.

I will also post articles and gear. I have finally posted an article about Airline Meal Codes (currently on front page) and will post the table of which airlines offer what choices soon!

I would love to get some input from you all. Be brutal.

1. Do you think this is a worthwhile project?
2. Do you like the site's overall design, look and layout?
3. What do you consider the most important/useful of information for vegan travellers?
4. What country/city/region would you most like to see information on next?
5. Do you want to see places listed with bad reviews (to know to avoid) or just only list places I think are worth visiting?
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Re: New Website: Vegannomadguide.com

Postby loveliberate » Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:22 am

Excellent idea!!! I am very excited to check this out & will get back to you with my uber-harsh critique soon. :twisted:
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Re: New Website: Vegannomadguide.com

Postby Lordmuppet » Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:33 pm

sounds like a great idea I will answer questions soon!
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Re: New Website: Vegannomadguide.com

Postby blinki » Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:32 pm

The logo is very awesome. Though the picture in the background of the top banner just looks like brown fuzziness to me because the banner is so dark you can’t really see it. Layout seems good though it’s a bit tricky to tell when it doesn’t have a lot of info to navigate yet.

I think it could be very worthwhile but it'll depend on you building up a fairly large amount of ino. Obviously that'll take you quite a while unless you are devoting a hell of a lot of time to writing up so maybe it's worth considering getting some others to input- people who you trust so folk using it can be more confident that it's right.

In terms of travelling my concern is mostly locating food easily so being able to see on a map where there's more places because that'd likely influence where I choose to stay. I think including shops is good because it gives you something extra over Happy Cow. I'm not sure if you have done a bit of it but maybe also info on local products/brands that are vegan (for items that can sometimes be a bit of a pain) which are fairly easily available without having to track down a specialist type shop.

I want bad reviews too. I wouldn’t just use your site, I’d flick through a few. If somewhere else mentions it or says good things it’d be good to hear your opinion to so to better judge whether or not to bother going.
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Re: New Website: Vegannomadguide.com

Postby barnz2k » Sat Mar 10, 2012 4:13 am

Glad you like the logo! :) The BG image is just for colour really and to make the logo and header links stand out. Yeah once I get more info on there the layout will become more obvious. I may tweak that part as I go and see how it works with more and more info.

I have all the info in my head just need the time to get it written up. I have thought about using collaborators, but I will get more of my own stuff on their first to get my tone and feel set in. Maybe using people for places I dont have as much experience/knowledge on.

Yup I will be adding an overall map which lists all the places in each category at the top, so you can see what area has more places in it.

OK yeah bad reviews might be good for comparison and to know to avoid etc.

Thanks for your input blinki!

Looking forward to hear from loveliberate and lordmuppet! :)
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Re: New Website: Vegannomadguide.com

Postby barnz2k » Sat Mar 10, 2012 4:14 am

Oh also, what do you think about listing clubs/bars/pubs?

And I will add more specific info for food, brands and products too per location
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Re: New Website: Vegannomadguide.com

Postby NatB » Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:21 am

oooh will check it out and get back to you! Already had a quick peak and am liking the airline guide!!!
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Re: New Website: Vegannomadguide.com

Postby NatB » Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:38 am

Really like the layout! Its very visually appealing and looks really professional. And for someone as technologically challenged as me I found it easy to use!

As its a "guide" rather than just a blog though is there a way to sorth through entries? am thinking for when you have a lot more restaurants you might want to search for something near you or a certain type of place.

Like all the additonal info too esp the travel section. Its great for anyone visiting London and not just vegans!
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Re: New Website: Vegannomadguide.com

Postby fredrikw » Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:39 am

barnz2k wrote:Yes there are a tonne of websites in this field already, but to be honest all of the ones I have seen are crap. Bad design, layout, hard to find information, out of date information.. I am sick of hunting for places that don't exist!


Good initiative, I once thought about the same thing but I failed for the above reasons. How are you going to address these? Having all the information in chronological order with keywords is perhaps not the easiest way to get overview and find information, and how are you going to keep information up to date? When the site grows you'll have a hard time not falling into the exact same pattern you hate about other sites.

When I'm out travelling I usually look for information of two kinds: things I shouldn't miss (that I'll make a detour to visit) and places that are near where I am or will be (vegan restaurant near my present location). I'm not sure the present solution really addresses these two issues.

Sorry to be negative, but you asked for it :) Kepp up the good work.
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Re: New Website: Vegannomadguide.com

Postby barnz2k » Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:47 am

All good feedback!

The navigation isn't as obvious now with not as much info, but on the top left are destinations and as you click the arrows you see sub categories like eat, sleep, drink, see, do etc. Making it easier to find what you want. This will auto expand once you click on any post/category either.

At the head of each catetgory will be a map listing all the locations within that category, and links to each post. so you could select London > Eat and then see a map with all places listed.

Up to Date is probably the hardest thing - but all places I list I will have personally been to recently, and as I move around a lot I will try to go back to all of them as often as possibly and check up.

This is still in early stages so its good to get this kind of initial feedback before getting too far into it, I can fix it along the way and start pumping out content :)
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Re: New Website: Vegannomadguide.com

Postby barnz2k » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:07 pm

Added the second part to the Airline Vegan meal options. This is a table listing what vegetarian options each airline has

http://www.vegannomadguide.com/post/art ... l-options/
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Re: New Website: Vegannomadguide.com

Postby osric » Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:49 pm

barnz2k wrote:Added the second part to the Airline Vegan meal options. This is a table listing what vegetarian options each airline has

http://www.vegannomadguide.com/post/art ... l-options/

I just added a big comment about my experiences with AA's meals. Thanks for putting all this infer online, and let me know if you're looking for contributors :)
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Re: New Website: Vegannomadguide.com

Postby barnz2k » Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:24 am

Cheers Osric! yeah AA are pretty crap.
I may well be in the future. I have quite a lot to catch up on then will think about branching out more :)
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Re: New Website: Vegannomadguide.com

Postby mabli » Tue May 08, 2012 5:25 am

massive project but great idea :-)

the guys who run this may help with your welsh section http://www.eatoutveganwales.org/
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Re: New Website: Vegannomadguide.com

Postby NatB » Wed May 09, 2012 7:00 am

Ohh speaking of Wales went hiking in Snowdonia on the weekend and found this little place http://blueskybangor.co.uk/31/ on the high street in Bangor. Loads of veggie and vegan options and they use a lot of organic local produce.

Was also surprised by how many veg options were offered in the cafe at the base of Snowdon. Am guessing lots of active veg and vegans have ben out there climbing :)
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