Family travel with less of an impact on the environment? Travel with kids can be challenging enough, when I went looking for eco-friendly travel tips I had to make sure they were family-friendly too.
When considering your mode of transportation keep in mind that air travel leaves the biggest impact on the environment compared to that same trip by train, bus or car. If your destination requires a long haul flight, try to choose a flight that is direct. Take off and landing uses a considerable amount of fuel. Not only will your baby have a chance to catch some zzzzz’s on a direct flight you won’t have to get on and off the plane mid flight.
Another option for travelers is purchasing Carbon Offset Credits against your flight. This system has been set up so that travelers can purchase emission reduction credits from a company that will then use that money to do things like planting trees and supporting renewable energy products (ex: wind power). It won’t lessen the impact of the flight you just took but it is one method to try and reduce your environmental footprint…after all, isn’t Mother Nature a part of the family?
Visit www.davidsuzuki.org to read more eco-friendly actions you can take!
There is another new site that is perfect for family travel enthusiasts. Ciao Bambino (www.ciaobambino.com) reveiws ‘Family Approved Vacation Properties’ around the world. Written by Aimee O’Shaughnessy, the site is super informative and makes travel abroad look less intimidating.
The site rates locations with 4 different levels of ‘family friendliness’: Baby Ready, Toddler Fun, School Age Action, and Cool for Teens. Most properties are upscale or luxury and one of my family’s favorites made the list: The Jasper Park Lodge. I can personally attest to the family friendliness of this property because we enjoyed our stay with two toddlers!
Check out the listing on this website for the Ac Palacio Del Retiro in Madrid, Spain. Modern design, in a historic building, with cribs and high chairs available?! I’ve officially added it to my list of places I need to stay at, but with all that contemporary design (ie. sharp corners) I will need to pack some extra baby proofing supplies. Totally worth it though!
This past weekend we were one of the exhibitors at Calgary’s largest Baby Show, the Family-a-Fair. We were showcasing some of our unique products and services to Calgary families. Visit our website www.onetinysuitcase.ca to see the GoGo Kidz Travelmate- it was a big hit!
It was great to meet all the enthusiastic families and to hear about their travels. One of the questions that we heard a lot over the 2 day event was about how to find Baby Equipment Rentals in destinations around the world. We made sure to direct parents to a website called The New Parents Guide (www.thenewparentsguide.com). This is the best site we have found for a comprehensive listing of Baby Equipment Rental companies around the world. For your next trip, check out their Family Travel page!