Friday, March 11, 2011

How do I make the most of a ‘stay-cation’?

Ask Ida


Dear Ida B. Green,

I feel kind of crazy leaving this dream tourist destination as we plan our spring break and summer vacation but I've still got the traveling bug. Got any green ideas?

Signed,

Traveler

Dear Traveler,

Living in a tourist destination really can give locals a chance to not join the billion tourists who crisscross the globe annually, and to find what we're looking for in our own backyard. Eliminating the significant environmental and economic burdens of getting to and from your vacation can free you up to enjoy new or forgotten things close to home. You might also enjoy missing the scheduling headaches, TSA lines, layovers, cramped seats and peanuts. The key is in the planning.

Start by thinking of the things you enjoy most about vacations. If it's being pampered, reserve several days in a local vacation home, hotel or lodge. Go skating, swimming, bowling, dining by candlelight and, of course, skiing (and never make your own bed). If you're looking for some snow-free city lights, get to know a new side of Boise from a nice, centrally located B&B or funky hotel. You get the idea.

But most importantly, disconnect from all the routines of day-to-day living by disconnecting (and hiding) your cell phones, computers and TV. You're guaranteed to feel refreshed and rejuvenated. And isn't that what vacations are for?

Keep it Green,

Ida

—Elizabeth Jeffrey




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