Slow and local travel
Ask your friends for their favourite local attractions, hidden pleasures, fabulous festivals and cosmic adventures. Map a slow journey along roads, rivers and coasts that you've never travelled and see sights you've never seen. If you throw in the cash you save not flying to the other side of the planet, you can even indulge yourself, guilt free. It's for the environment after all.
How to do it now!
Here are some suggestions as to how we can approach holidays from a new and more environmentally friendly direction.
- Plug into your network – Blast an email to all your contacts asking for their best local holiday tips and you’ll be surprised at the results.
- Visit the Mildura Tourism site - Includes information on the region, attractions, accommodation and an online booking facility.
- Check out your local parks and nature – See “Immerse yourself in nature”
- Take your kids back to your favourite childhood holidays – Returning with your kids to your childhood holiday spots can help you realise that memories are about relationships and emotions not places and things.
- Have a holiday at home – Simply relax in your castle, and enjoy your family friends and hobbies without having to work.
- Ride, walk, boat – Try a cycling holiday, a houseboat cruise down the Murray River, a hike across a national park.
- Spend your airfare on yourself – Start to apply the cost of flying overseas to your favourite pastime. So a return flight to Europe equals 75 CDs or 40 hours of massages, or a windsurfer, or sponsoring 10 children’s education for a year in a developing country.
Why is this action important?
Long distance air travel and holidays in exotic countries has become a common practice for many. As a result, the contribution of carbon emissions from aircraft to global warming is rising. Reducing the amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses entering the atmosphere is critical if we are to address climate change and the environmental havoc it is causing.