Organising a family holiday can be a bit knackering. Finding a fun, affordable, and family-oriented vacation location that the entire clan can agree on is difficult for any family, but throw an organic lifestyle into the mix and this task becomes nearly impossible. Families that lead organic lifestyles often have trouble planning a holiday that leaves a minimal carbon footprint. Many holiday tour providers, however, are now offering specialised family trips that allow families to experience the local customs and traditions of a region without disturbing its ecosystem. Traditional family holidays such as camping also make good vacations for environmentally-conscience families as more and more campsites have become eco-friendly in order to cater to this community.
So what are the best holiday locations and activities for an adventure-seeking, organic family? There are a number of trips your family can take that offer the opportunity to learn about different cultures, explore new lands, and build valuable memories, while also maintaining the well-being of the environment and your family.
Camping trips are ideal for any family that desires to get away from the fast-paced world and explore nature. Environmentally-friendly camping expeditions are easy to plan and provide a great alternative to the average resort holiday. There are many eco-friendly campsiteslocated throughout the UK with “green” aspects such as onsite recycling and composting facilities, the use of alternative and natural fuels to reduce carbon footprints, and group transportation to nearby sights.
In order to help conserve camp grounds and the surrounding areas, families should come prepared with eco-friendly camping gear and equipment. Retailers that sell camping supplies and products now offer a multitude of trappings for environmentally-savvy families. From organic energy bars and snacks to rucksacks made from recycled materials, there are plenty
of outfitters that are stocked with everything your family needs for a camping adventure. Don’t forget to pack plenty of rugged, outdoor clothing for the little ones, which can easily be picked up at a retailer like Marks and Spencer.
Families that want to experience new cultures and live amongst the locals may opt for a more uncoventional destination. Tour companies that provide unique trips and promote sustainable tourismare becoming more popular and allow families to travel to foreign countries without worrying about their environmental impact. Families with older children can spend a few weeks exploring the Himalayas or mountain biking through the hills of Jamaica. If you have a brood of youngsters, consider holidays that include water sports and the opportunity to encounter wildlife. Destinations such as Easter Island in the South Pacific and Costa Rica are excellent family vacation spots that are full of exhilarating activities, but also observe sustainable tourism.