Welcome to the June edition of Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival: Vacation and Travel.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival hosted by The Positive Parenting Connection and Authentic Parenting. This month our participants are sharing ideas, inspiration and information on travel and vacations! Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.
I have always wanted to travel around the country experiencing all that our many regions have to offer.
I have always wanted to visit Yellowstone.
I have always wanted to see a bear in the wild. From a safe distance anyway.
I have longed to take my children to visit my grandmother.
Adventure, nature, and family. This is what drives this summer’s travel plans. My children are small now, but they won’t be for much longer. I work at home, and with hours I set myself, but that won’t be true for much longer. This is the perfect time for us to set off into the wild abandon and check some of those dreams off the list!
(Well, we’ll see about the bear. I will admit that I am slightly terrified we are going to get a little too close to one while in bear country.)
Keeping to my eco-friendly values while on the road is going to be tricky, but with a few preparations I hope it won’t be too difficult. I believe there is great value in travel with a few key considerations for our environmental impact.
Keep Green On The Road
Driving, especially long distances has a negative impact on our environment, but there are a few tips to lessen that impact. Green your road trip with these 3 tips.
- Make sure the car is ready for efficient travel: tuned up, tires inflated, oil changed.
- Pack the car as lightly as possible while bringing the essentials for safe travel.
- Drive the speed limit to maximize fuel efficiency and safety.
Healthy food choices are not only better for us, but also for our planet. Pack delicious and nutritious snacks and meal choices with these 3 ideas.
- Homemade trail mix packed in reusable containers is a great choice for the road. Kids can nibble along the way and you can put in choices they like.
- Fruits and veggies are easy and help keep you hydrated – so important!
- Know what you can, and will, make when stopping for meals and for the night. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a great choice for my family, along with eggs, pancakes, veggie burgers, or granola and yogurt. Yes we like breakfast food!
Keeping our waste to a minimum is even more difficult when convenience tempts us (our the kids) at every roadside stop, but with a little planning we can keep that to a minimum. Make a list and check it twice for these 3 eco-friendly essentials.
- Bring a reusable water bottle and fill up with clean tap water at every opportunity.
- Reusable picnic gear is equally important: plates, bowls, utensils, napkins are essential while camping and often for day trips and hikes as well.
- What can’t be reused make sure it can be recycled.
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- Traveling with a Sick Child — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares her tips and tricks for traveling with a sick child based on firsthand experience.
- Educational Travel | Pennsylvania, New Mexico &; Louisiana — That Mama Gretchen relives three childhood trips while outlining a plan for future homeschooling adventures.
- Babymoon: A Cruise in Europe — Bianca from The Pierogie Mama writes about the babymoon that she and her husband took to Europe, via a week long cruise through the Western Mediterranean..
- Travelling with our little one — Stoneageparent describes what travelling means to her family, exploring the link between attachment parenting and travelling
- I Just Can’t Do It — aNonyMous at Radical Ramblings describes the nightmare it is trying to travel with her daughter, and how for the moment day-trips to local areas will have to suffice.
- Carnival: Travel and Vacation — Macgyvermama rounds out her “Travel Light with Babies and Kids” series with some juicy tips on how to travel light and stress free with your moving and grooving Toddler!
- Traveling: Adventure, Nature, Family — Brenna at Almost All The Truth shares her hopes and fears for her Great Summer Camping Road Trip with her three small children.
- Frustration Free Flying with Kids — Based on her extensive experience flying with her family, Laura at Authentic Parenting shares tips on how to make the trip fun for you and your children.
- 12 Awesome Toys To Bring Along When Traveling With Children – Ariadne over at Positive Parenting Connection is sharing about toys her children love and playful ways to use them that make travel with children more fun and less stressful for the whole family.