Traveling with kids is exciting, joyful, action-packed…and messy, chaotic, and loud! When organizing a summer vacation with children, particularly one that involves a deal of travel, solid planning is key. Having an itinerary of activities is one of the best ways to ensure that your family trip goes smoothly.
When planning to travel with kids it is also incredibly important to consider sustainability and environmentalism. Vacationing with the family can often slip into easy, non-eco friendly activities just to keep things smooth, so in order to remain sustainable and ethical, some forward planning is usually essential.
So before you click ‘BUY’ on that best last minute cruise deal, or book your motel stops on the cross-country road trip for the summer, check out some of the best green activities for traveling kids as well as a few tips for traveling in a more eco-friendly manner. You’ll soon see how easy it is to incorporate more sustainable adventures into your summer vacation!
Carrying portable, reusable water bottles is one of the key things to make traveling more sustainable, and is a must when you have thirsty kids on the go. Try to avoid buying plastic disposable bottles of water, and remember to fill up your water flask whenever you can!
Kids have a tendency to be messy, and at the same time to be careless about their clothes. Use travel as a great opportunity to encourage better habits when it comes to water use. Show your family that towels and linens can be hung and reused, while most clothes can handle a second (or even a third) wear, particularly if they are only worn for a small amount of the day. Challenge them to pack light, flexible, and versatile, and to avoid doing laundry while on the road.
Look for eco-lodges or hotels that advertise particularly green practices, from solar power to recycling. Plenty of the most eco-friendly accommodation is also the type of vacation that kids love the most, like treehouse-style cabins or even camping!
Walking is one of the best ways to explore a new destination, and also one of the most eco-friendly vacation activities there is! Wherever you are in the world, taking your kids walking will be a rewarding experience. It might mean getting lost in meandering, cobbled streets in an historic old town or taking on challenging trails through forests and up hills. Either way, you’ll end the day with happy (albeit exhausted!) kids, without much in the way of a carbon footprint!
In a similar way to walking, cycling is a great way to explore your vacation destination, giving you a brand new perspective on the city or landscape you’ve chosen, as well as being about as green as it gets!
Take your kids to the beach and get them out on the water with eco-friendly watersports. Avoid the loud, polluting jet skis and harness the power of wind and waves for excitement, with windsurfing, sailing, surfing, and kitesurfing all on the list of adrenaline-pumping, totally green activities!
If you are looking for a truly green vacation opportunity, why not consider getting your family involved in some regenerative tourism. This usually means volunteering in some shape or form, whether it’s planting trees, cleaning up beaches, or building wildlife habitats. These can be doubly enjoyable for kids, with the fun and excitement of getting their hands dirty alongside the interest of learning about the natural world.
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