100 Mile Vacation

by Guest Contributor



                               

You’ve probably heard of taking a staycation (staying home during vacation time rather than traveling) and you’ve probably heard of the 100 mile diet (eating foods only grown within 100 miles of your home). Well, how about the 100 Mile Vacation?

I’m sure that many of us aren’t willing to completely eliminate our vacations, regardless of fuel or increasing airfare costs. But instead of traveling long distances why not take a trip close to home thereby saving money on gas or airfare? You don’t need to take a big trip to Europe or Hawaii to enjoy time away from home with friends and family.

What are the benefits? Well, you still get a break away from the day-to-day travails of staying home. How many of us planned on taking time off when in fact all you end up doing is a whole lot of chores and not spending enough time relaxing? Visiting destinations close to home will save you time and money while allowing you the experience and memories of traveling. Even if it’s only 20 miles away.

Another benefit is that spending your money locally supports your local economy. As rising petroleum costs force us to look closer to home (for food, community and entertainment), supporting your local travel industry ensures that those resources will still be there when it gets more expensive to travel.

And just think, no airport hassles, short driving time and few complaints of “are we there yet?” So, get to know your local environment. 100 miles may not seem like very far, but I’m sure there are plenty of vacation destinations that have been under your nose all along.

An original 5 Minutes for Going Green post. You can read more from Deanna Duke at her blog Crunchy Chicken where she writes about the environment, peak oil, sustainable living, urban homesteading, and pretty much whatever is grinding her crackers.
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1 Mrs. Greenhands July 25, 2008 at 11:39 am

Our family is staying close to home this summer as well. We’ve been visiting local state parks and other attractions!

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