Lately we’ve heard a lot about how hard it is to travel “green” — between burning fossil fuels, food waste, and pollution, the environmentally minded person may have trouble planning a getaway. But take heart! It is possible to have a great summer vacation and help the Earth at the same time.
There’s no place like home. Chances are, there is plenty going on in your home area that you’ve never taken the time to explore! Have you kayaked all of your local lakes or rivers and seen your area from a totally different perspective? Walked all the trails? Explored all your local historic sites, farms, or arts venues? We didn’t think so! Make a list of 25 things in your area you’ve never done — and spend a week exploring a new world!
Ride the rails. Rail trails are spreading like wildfire! Leave the car behind and spend a weekend or more riding one of the amazing rail trails across the country. Many trails have snack bars or restaurants, inns, and bike shops along the route, making the trail a destination in itself.
All aboard Amtrak. We don’t want to give free advertising, but Amtrak is our only national passenger rail service provider. Trains are far more environmentally friendly than driving or flying, and you can go from coast to coast. Plan a trip around the train — from Montreal to Santa Fe, we know you’ll find someplace you want to explore.
Go off the grid. Tent camping is the greenest way to vacation — and may be the best way to appreciate the energy-gobbling luxuries we enjoy every other week of the year (like hot water, air conditioning, and central heat). Spend a week sleeping under the stars and you’ll be that much more aware of the fragile beauty and peace of our natural world.