Take the Green Way There
Of course, when you have little tiny ones (with all the baby accoutrements such as strollers and pack and plays), travels by car might be necessary. But once kids are older, consider taking buses, trains, or even a boat instead of a car or a plane. Getting to your destination will be part of the adventure! Or at least consider ditching the car once you get to your location and making a concerted effort to use public transportation: it will help you avoid getting lost on unfamiliar roadways and allows you and the kids to see the city in a more relaxed, fun way.
Come Prepared for Sugar Lows
Nothing throws a travelling child for a loop like the combination of a disruption from their normal routine combined with low blood sugar. Bringing your own healthy snacks means kids will get nutritious and filling snacks and that you will be less likely to buy unhealthy junk out of desperation at a rest stop or while waiting for the plane. Our picks: granola or one of our other top choices for nutritious on-the-go snacks. Once you’re at your destination, use the opportunity to introduce kids to new, healthy snack foods like native fruits or nuts.
Make the Place You Stay Like a Home Away from Home
You work hard at being eco-friendly at home, so keep up the momentum and stay at a green hotel that offers perks such as recycling, monitoring water usage and refraining from changing the sheets twice a day. At the moment there are multiple green hotel certifications with everyone from Travelocity to some pretty random companies handing out “green” seals of approval, so don’t be afraid to dig a bit deeper and call to speak with the hotel’s staff about their eco-friendly commitments. iStayGreen.com has traveler reviews as well as a self-audit process, which is then verified by the site.
You can also rent an apartment or do a house swap. Staying somewhere with a kitchen (also offered in many chain hotels as a suite option and usually for not much more money) allows you to actually save money on eating out for every meal and is also great for families with dietary considerations, for whom restaurants can be a challenge. Scout out the area farmer’s markets and bring home the bounty for meals. By doing just a bit more research, you can hopefully avoid bringing back a suitcase full of things to recycle.
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