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Vacationing Consciously: Planning an Eco-Friendly Vacation

This month we are celebrating sustainability. We are encouraging our Aurorae family to think outside the box when it comes to going green and making lifestyle changes that positively impact the environment and world around us. You may think that if you are going green that travel is out of the question; after all, many hotels and restaurants are wasteful and expensive.  However, with the rise of ecotourism, there are now lots of eco-friendly vacations out there that allow you and your family to seek out adventure, travel, and relax.

We’ve collected a list of our favorite eco-friendly vacation ideas for you to check out next time your family wants to travel!

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Bardessono Hotel & Spa, Yountville, CA

Eco-Friendly Vacation Ideas

  1. La Leona Eco Lodge in Costa Rica

This lodge is located in the forests of Costa Rica and offers a truly unique travel experience. Costa Rica is a beautiful country with diverse plants and animals, beautiful beaches, hiking, and more. The hotel is surrounded by nature and the staff offers many activities around conservation and preservation.

  1.  Bardessono in Napa Valley California

This eco haven hotel and spa is tucked away in Northern California. The hotel is committed to taking care of the environment and has several environmental initiatives. The building used non toxic materials during construction, they use organic sheets and cleaning supplies, they recycle, and they use organic and sustainable ingredients in their restaurant and spa. It’s a beautiful and green getaway.

  1. The Colony Hotel in Maine

This beautiful getaway overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel composts and uses ocean water to wash dishes and clean to reduce its water usage. It also eliminated use of styrofoam and aerosol sprays. The best part? It’s pet friendly! So bring your furry friends and enjoy a relaxing vacation on the beautiful coast of Maine.

  1. Aspen Mountain Ski Resort in Colorado

Think a ski vacation can’t be eco-friendly? Think again! The Aspen Mountain Ski Resort is committed to operating in a way that does not harm the environment. They adopt eco-friendly practices in the resort and they also advocate for environmental policy. On Tuesdays, they have a Farm-To-Table celebration with gondola rides and locally sourced meals. On these nights, 5% of their food sales go to conservation organizations.

  1. Camp in a National Park

This one is our favorite eco-friendly vacation. Camping is a fantastic way to travel and seek adventure while being eco-friendly. Head to the National Park Service website and find a park that is calling your name. Make it an extra eco-friendly vacation by hitting up the local farmer’s market on your way there to pick up food and snacks for the whole family. Spending a few nights under the stars will leave you feeling rejuvenated and relax.

We hope these ideas showed you that you can have fun with your family while also staying committed to sustainability in the world. Next time you seek out an adventure, try making it an eco-friendly vacation!

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Aubrey is a yogini that wears many hats: yoga instructor and yoga director at Life Yoga in New Orleans, a marketing assistant, a lover of chocolate, and a blogger. To see her teaching schedule and find out more about her, check out her personal page.

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