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5 Money-Saving Tips to Enjoy VA Green Travel

Guest Post: 5 Money-Saving Tips to Enjoy Virginia Green Travel
by Irene Lane

It’s tough to be an eco-traveler these days! If you are lucky enough to get time off from work for a much-needed vacation, you have to be conscious about carbon emissions, low-impact activities, and “green travel” consumerism. Here are five tips so you can have a more meaningful (and less expensive) eco-travel experience with your family this summer right here in our own backyard.

  1. Want to enjoy the spectacle of bird migration? 
    Front Royal in Shenandoah Valley is always spectacular and full of options for discovering the wonders of nature as a family.  Strap the bikes to the car for a great ride in the Shenandoah River Raymond R. Guest State Park or enjoy a great hike along the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.  While there, you can go rafting, birding or fishing along the Shenandoah River too.
  2. Want a hands-on conservation lesson? 
    The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge near Virginia Beach provides refuge to snow geese, ducks, loggerhead sea turtles, piping plovers, peregrine falcons and bald eagles.  Besides a visitor station, during the summer, there is free admission to its interpreted bike trails, canoe/kayak launch points, and hiking trails as well as tram tours (small fee) and kids fishing days.
  3. Want to get away?
    The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Virginia’s Eastern Shore contains more than 14,000 acres of beach, maritime forest, salt marsh and freshwater marsh and it’s home to a variety of migratory birds, plants, and other animals.  The refuge provides free programs including natural history talks, beach walks and even pony walks during the summer.
  4. Looking for an eco-accommodation that fits your budget and your sense of Zen?
    Try the Pure Space Mountain Retreat.  Located in the mountains of Highland County, your hosts Sharon and Bill have created the perfect place to enjoy area mountain biking, golf, underground cave tours, hiking trails and music festivals.  Rates from $125 per night.
  5. Looking for green deals?
    Virginia Green offers travel tips, green vacation packages, dining options, and eco-lodging by region as well as Green Getaway Deals.  There is also a special emphasis on eco-events, which from birding to dolphin watching to scavenger hikes to farm tours to park restoration days promises fun for each member of the family.

About the author:

Irene Lane is the founder and president of Greenloons, which connects families to meaningful and unique nature-based travel experiences all over the world. Irene has traveled to over 28 countries and is passionate about eco-tourism and travel. She lives in the DC metro area and started her own blog back in December 2010 to share about eco-tourism and how to distinguish true eco-hotels and eco-vacations. She has been published in USA Today Travel and provides helpful eco-travel tips in addition to helping travelers plan their own perfect eco-vacation.

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Helena August 6, 2012 at 7:54 am

Thanks for some great travel/vacation ideas. A few other suggestions are to do some freebie green things for vacation, like take your kids to a local recycling center (make appt. ahead of time and try to get someone there to walk around with you all and explain their process, etc.), making paper from leftover mail/scraps (very easy to do and lots of online resources for instructions), going to a local farm to pick fresh fruits and veggies or learn how to milk a cow, etc. (depending on what kind of farm you go to), etc. These are free to do, and require no overnight hotel expenses, no eating out expenses, etc. Sometimes being green means not traveling and not consuming as much, but instead learning and educating ourselves.


Anthony N August 30, 2017 at 11:15 am

Awesome tips 😀 Thanks Laura for sharing, this is exactly what I need to know!


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