Photo: Green your vacation, try a staycation

Slow down and stay closer to home; plan a staycation this summer. (Credit: Ani Deg via Flickr)

Double digit temperatures this past weekend had me dreaming of summer vacation. And there are so many ways to take an environmentally friendly holiday these days!

You can be a tourist in your own city — ride the train, visit area attractions, or celebrate local food. It's called "staycationing".

Another growing trend is a conservation holiday, or farm stay. You get to live on a farm, dine on local, seasonal food grown right out your front window, maybe help with the grape harvest, or collect your own fresh eggs for breakfast. (Okay, if you grew up on a farm, this might sound like work, but hear me out.)

Take a staycation

Staycation is a real word (the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary says so). Your kids might think you're trying to do something on the cheap. And they won't be far from the truth.

Vacationing in your own city (or country, if it's small, like many European nations) gained momentum during the recent economic recession. And the trend is sticking. Not only are staycations kind to your wallet, they are stress-reducing. You don't have to think about packing, finding a dog or cat sitter, long drives on congested highways or airport line-ups.

Staycation do's

  • Visit local parks, museums, and festivals (check out their websites for special events, activities, and even coupons)
  • Walk, take public transit, grab your bike or rent one
  • Find green events like the annual Slow Food Cycles (popular in B.C.)
  • Try a new Farmer's Market
  • Plan day trips that give you a taste of the country, like a Circle Farm Tour (B.C. example) where you can enjoy local farm-gate sales

Staycation don'ts

  • Avoid the temptation to go into work just because you're in town
  • Tell your boss that you're unavailable, and then tell your boss you're really unavailable
  • Don't check work email
  • Try banning electronics for the duration to avoid becoming a couch potato

How will you make your next vacation a "green" one?

Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green

May 2, 2011

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May 02, 2011
5:29 PM

Almost forgot, come find me this Saturday May 7th from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Burnaby Lake Park BioBlitz! It will get you warmed up for summer fun.

Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green

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