A little planning can result in energy savings while you are on vacation.
The worst example of a stress filled, fuel-wasting vacations that I have heard about are my aunt’s collection of airports. She went on flying tours each year that resulted in her visiting something like 15 airports in 7 days. She visited many far away exotic places around the globe, but never saw much beyond the airport. She always brought me souvenirs from the airport gift shop and post cards showing pictures of the airports.
I have fallen into the same sort of trap. Our last “vacation” had us driving all day to visit my son for dinner. The next day we drove all day to visit friends where we used to live, just for an evening. Then we would drive all day to visit our grandson for a day. Then we drive all day to get home. Just another example of a stress filled, fuel-wasting vacation.
Ideas for the next vacation:
Share the driving to reduce my stress. Pick up our son and let him drive us to visit his sister and family. That is family carpooling.
Slowly drive shorter distances between stops. I cannot change the map distance but I can allow more time to drive slower. We could stop to visit more friends along the way if I planned the route better. This would make for shorter hops between stops.
Stay more than one day at each stop. We don’t use much fuel while we are visiting with friends and family.
Lay on the beach to recharge my internal solar battery.
Take the train or bus, I love traveling by train.
For me the most energy efficient and enjoyable mode of travel is a sailboat.
Floating down stream on a raft or in a canoe uses no expensive hydrocarbons.
What are your suggestions for energy efficient vacations?
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