When you need a break: 7 Fun, Eco-Friendly, Fall Family-Friendly Getaways
With a little bit of thoughtful planning, a fall vacation is a great way to enjoy the beauty of the season and minimize your environmental impact. Here are seven ideas we thought sounded fun:
1. Visit a National Park: National parks are perfect destinations for eco-conscious travelers. They offer opportunities for hiking, wildlife viewing, and enjoying stunning fall foliage. Make sure to follow Leave No Trace principles and choose eco-friendly accommodation options within or near the park. And if you go to Rocky Mountain National Park, you may be able to say hi to our favorite ranger, Ranger Kurt! (DeeDee’s husband!)
2. Bike Touring: Fall is an excellent time for bike touring. You can tour for a day, a weekend, or longer! Choose a scenic route, pack your camping gear, and explore the countryside at your own pace or you can even hire a guide to help you navigate the experience. This low-impact mode of travel allows you to connect with nature and reduce your carbon footprint. Just be sure to pack out what you pack in and be sure to stay hydrated.
3. Farm Stays: Consider booking a stay at an eco-friendly farm or agritourism destination. You can learn about sustainable farming practices, enjoy fresh, locally grown food, and immerse yourself in rural fall activities like apple picking and pumpkin harvesting. Our friend Amy Todisco has a farm in Vermont that offers tours! https://catalystforchangecoach.com/farm-tours
4. Sustainable Winery Tour: Explore regions known for their wineries and vineyards. Many wineries have adopted sustainable farming practices and eco-friendly wine production techniques. Enjoy wine tasting while supporting environmentally responsible businesses. I found this article on Hidden Lemur on how to find sustainable wineries around the world: https://hiddenlemur.com/how-to-find-a-sustainable-winery-around-the-world/
5. Cabin Retreat: Renting a cozy cabin in the woods is a perfect way to enjoy the fall season. Look for cabins that use renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind power, and are equipped with energy-efficient appliances.
6. Volunteer Vacations: Consider joining a volunteer vacation program focused on environmental conservation. Participate in activities like tree planting, trail maintenance, or wildlife habitat restoration. These trips allow you to give back while enjoying the beauty of nature. Here is a link to explore some of the best Volunteer Vacations for 2023-2024. https://www.volunteerforever.com/article_post/best-volunteer-abroad-programs-organizations-projects/
7. Eco-Friendly Glamping: Experience the beauty of fall while staying in eco-friendly glamping accommodations. Many glamping sites prioritize sustainability by using solar power, composting toilets, and low-impact building techniques. It's a luxurious way to connect with nature responsibly. We found this website that looks interesting: https://glampinghub.com/
Remember to practice responsible tourism during your fall vacation by minimizing waste, conserving water and energy, and respecting local wildlife and communities. Leave the environment as beautiful as you found it, so future generations can enjoy the wonders of fall as well.
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