Blog: Traveling With Kids
Have you ever thought of making your vacations more green? What would you do? How can you least impact the earth when you travel?
One way to reduce the impact of your vacation is to limit the amount of fossil fuels used in your travels. Have you ever investigated what interesting things there are to do within walking distance or biking distance of your home? Or perhaps within walking or biking distance of public transport? Or maybe you can plan your vacation to use no fossil fuels once you got to your destination (second best option.)
Friends of mine do cycle tours with their kids. Two families team up. They have 5 small kids between them, the oldest about 6. They camp along the way. One adult drives a car to shuttle the camping gear. The oldest child actually biked parts of the way with them on their last trip. The younger children travel in bike trailers. I recommend getting some cycling fitness before trying this option, and planning an easy (read short days on fairly flat terrain) if you are new to this. Consumer reports has an article on bike trailers for children and the features you should look for when buying one. Dave Roth gives you some feedback on certain models based on his experience.
Another way to reduce the impact on the earth is to plan your meals so that you are not eating take out with the volumes of plastic, styrofoam, and paper waste that each take out meal produces. You could end up eating healthier food too! If you have space in your luggage, bring a cooler for the items that need refridgeration, and another container for dry foods. Plan on making trips to the grocery store more frequently than you would at home as your cooler will not stay as cold as your fridge. When we have a travelling day, we make our lunch at the beginning of the day and put it into a small cooler bag, which is fast and easy to bring out at lunch time. Dinners can be more of a challenge if you don't have cooking facilities with you. Try going to a sit-down restaurant that uses real crockery instead of a fast food place and enjoying the meal with your family. Make the meal part of the experience rather than something you have to get done at the end of the day after experiencing your vacation.
What other tips do YOU have for traveling green with your kids? I'd love to hear from you, just add your comments below.
posted on: 3/13/2008 1:00:00 PM by Katherine Macey
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Katherine Macey, Ph.D., is a professional organizer who is passionate about helping people improve their lives and achieve their goals. She works mainly with academics in their offices and with residential clients in their home offices.
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