Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

The Getaway Co. is a fully plant-based travel company that carefully curates life-changing, getaways worldwide. The Getaway Co. takes the guesswork out of planning, so there is no need to worry about finding beautiful accommodations, delicious 100% plant-based food, alluring excursions, experiences within the local culture, transportation or an amazing group of friends to connect with on the getaway.

The Getaway Co. takes the guesswork out of planning, so there is no need to worry about finding beautiful accommodations, delicious 100% plant-based food, alluring excursions, experiences within the local culture, transportation or an amazing group of friends to connect with on the getaway. All getaways cater to the vegan community and those who are curious in a plant-based lifestyle providing unforgettable life-changing experiences in beautiful, exotic locations helping one relax, connect, learn, grow and be inspired

In 2020, there will be five getaway locations including Bali (two trips), Italy, Portugal and Switzerland. Each getaway will feature intimate groups of like-minded plant-based lifestyle enthusiasts who will enjoy a focus on delicious food, local culture, enlightening excursions and relaxation.

Space is limited to a maximum of 30 guests who are at least 21 years of age or older. Due to the small, intimate nature of the group and to foster a like-minded community, each guest is carefully vetted and a preliminary phone call takes place to ensure all questions are answered and guests feel completely comfortable and connected to our team before joining a getaway. In this process, notes are made so that guests who are sharing a room can be paired together based on common interests.

Getaway locations for 2021 and beyond are already in the process of being scouted. Places like Morocco, Thailand, Spain and Greece are at the top of the list to be added to the repertoire.

The Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA) is the biggest animal charity in Bali and they are responsible for saving the lives of thousands of homeless animals every year. The Getaway Co. partners with BAWA each year during the Live With Purpose getaway to create an event to raise money to help BAWA in their mission to educate the locals, rescue injured and homeless animals and create programs to sterilize dogs to reduce the population problem.

The Getaways FAQ

Each getaway includes 2-3 plant-based meals per day, which is a combination of recipes from the host partner’s cookbook, some local favorites, and special restaurant meals organized by The Getaway Co.. 

The Getaway Co. partners with some of the biggest names in plant-based living for special custom-curated experiences. Past and current partners include:

Lauren Toyota – host of hot for food Instagram and YouTube channel, who has nearly 1M followers and over 25 million YouTube views since launching in February of 2015. Her debut cookbook, Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes To Feed Your Face (Ten Speed Press/Penguin Random House) is available now wherever books are sold. In 2017 she was also named Canada’s Most Influential Vegan by IMPACT magazine.

Other partners include Timothy Pakron of Mississippi Vegan who explores the vibrant tradition of plant-based cooking that exists within Southern cuisine online and through his popular Mississippi Vegan cookbook.

Each getaway features an array of different food both inspired by the host partner as well as the amazing location of the getaway. Food experiences in the past have included buddha bowls, tofu scrambles, various plant-based burgers, tofu and tempeh satay, pizza, alfredo pasta with homemade noodles, gumbo, gnocchi and the list goes on and on. Vegan fondente gelato in Italy is always at the top of the list and one of the best experiences was a tropical fruit tasting experience in Bali.

Each getaway is passionately curated to help one connect, learn, grow and be inspired. From the selection of the beautiful locations, excursions, meditation, delicious plant-based menu to pairing of hand-picked enthusiasts creating a deeper connection with oneself, others and the location. An example of one traveler is Paul Villamil who strengthened his relationship with himself and his partner with a change to a 100% plant-based lifestyle due to the unique environment, inspiration and connections formed on the getaway.

The sunrise volcano hike on top of Mt. Batur in Bali always tops everyone’s list as being one of the favorites. This excursion involves waking up in the middle of the night for a 2am departure, driving hours north to hike up a volcano in the dark in order to make it to the summit just in time for the sunrise over the countless volcanoes across Indonesia. There is nothing that connects a group more than doing something challenging and being pushed way outside of what is comfortable together. 

Another favorite is relatively self-explanatory – the fully-vegan wine tours in Italy! The group jumps in a bus and tours the Tuscan countryside where they get to learn about the history of the region and visit two different wineries. One of the wineries serves a big Italian vegan lunch and the delicious Italian wine flows throughout with a stunning view of the hills in the background.

Each travel package ranges from approximately $2500-$3,000 (excluding airfare) for single or double occupancy (partners, friends or an assigned roommate). All travel packages include: 

• 10 nights’ accommodation at a stunning Balinese resort (Surya Kembar Villas)
• Access to recreational pool club (Titi Batu)
• Two delicious plant-based meals per day
• Four special excursions (Ubud Day, Culture Day, Volcano Hike, Beach Day)
• Opening and closing parties
• Two culinary experiences with Lauren Toyota
• Participation in the custom made Live With Purpose meditation program led by meditation and mindfulness expert Natalie Matias (five sessions with movement)
• Two massages
• Professional photos of the event and a memories video
• Airport transfers

Each travel package ranges from approximately $2500-$3,000 (excluding airfare) for single or double occupancy (partners, friends or an assigned roommate). All travel packages include: 

• 10 nights’ accommodation at a stunning Balinese resort (Surya Kembar Villas)
• Access to recreational pool club (Titi Batu)
• Two delicious plant-based meals per day
• Four special excursions (Ubud Day, Culture Day, Volcano Hike, Beach Day)
• Opening and closing parties
• Two culinary experiences with Lauren Toyota
• Participation in the custom made Live With Purpose meditation program led by meditation and mindfulness expert Natalie Matias (five sessions with movement)
• Two massages
• Professional photos of the event and a memories video
• Airport transfers

Average age of our travelers is around 30 years old with a range of around 23-55.

Plant-based lifestyle FAQ

Yes. Don’t let those around you make you feel like living a plant-based lifestyle is too difficult or that you are making the wrong decision. What you are doing is benefiting your health, the environment and you have chosen not to participate in the atrocities that are currently being inflicted upon innocent beings every year. You’re doing the right thing. The Getaway Co.’s co-hosts have amazing cookbooks that make cooking vegan easy and sometimes we host online events where everyone is welcome to join the Getaway Co. community. So make sure to follow along on Instagram.

Two key examples. One, past participants have said that being part of our incredibly supportive community and feeling the inspiration over the course of the time they were with us in an inspirational environment. Second, combined with lots of amazing good choices helped provide them with the motivation they needed to fully commit to being 100% plant-based.
An example of one traveler is Paul Villamil who strengthened his relationship with himself and his partner with a change to 100% plant-based lifestyle due to the unique environment, inspiration and connections formed on the getaway.

The main three benefits to engaging in a plant-based lifestyle that are regularly discussed are: 1) the obvious benefits of not participating in the extreme animal cruelty that goes hand in hand with factory farming (meat, dairy and any animal products) 2) helping to repair the environment by avoiding the environmental devastation that factory farming causes and 3) the improvements in health that often occur by engaging in a plant-based lifestyle.