How to Travel Like an Eco-Warrior

How to Travel Like an Eco-Warrior

How to Travel Like an Eco-Warrior I recently graduated from University of Phoenix with a degree in Environmental Science. It was a long time coming for me and although I was on the 4+ year plan I smashed my goal while we were living temporarily in Barcelona, Spain. At the time we had just begun traveling full time, making our way through Europe by plane, train and automobile. One of my final projects for my degree was to evaluate my own carbon footprint and compare the generated number to the suggested individual number to see just how much energy we truly use. I’ll go ahead and shamefully tell you that my carbon footprint was 3-4x larger than the suggested average and as a prospective environmental scientist I felt like I wasn’t being as authentic as I should be. How can I claim to serve and protect the environment when the flights from our travels alone put me in environmental detention (at best)? Luckily I stumbled across a fantastic blog post from Girl Vs Globe where the author and owner of the site Sabina talks about changing her traveling perspective from globetrotting to eco-conscious exploration. Sabina’s writing was truly inspirational to me, especially since I: 1) have an unwavering thirst for travel and 2) have vowed to become as sustainable as possible. So the question is, where do I start becoming a more eco-conscious explorer? I’ve developed a short list below that are both goals for my own future travels and suggestions that can help the weary traveler who wants to keep exploring but also wants to keep the planet...
How traveling empowered me

How traveling empowered me

How traveling empowered me   Question: What is the most empowering thing you have ever done? For me the answer was a tie: 1. Giving birth to my sons 2. Breastfeeding them I had completely different birthing experiences with my children, but breastfeeding was relatively easy for me. I was very fortunate. Breastfeeding and childbirth made me feel powerful as a woman. To know that you have created a human life and then proceed to nourish that child with the body from whence it came is really, really cool. The human body is AMAZING. The downside to breastfeeding is that it is somewhat of a hot topic in the United States. Overwhelmingly I have been greeted with support, but there are many women who haven’t been as fortunate as I have been. Some women are told to cover up, we are marketed products to conceal ourselves and shield others from witnessing a very normal and very powerful part of motherhood and infancy. Why? Don’t ask the French, Spanish, Italians or Germans. They don’t know why it’s an issue either…. As we continued to travel I continued to become a more confident and empowered woman because: I could walk through the streets of Barcelona at night by myself or with my children without the fear of who might be lurking around the corner. Despite being warned of the turbulence abroad and constantly being on the receiving end of cautionary tales about robberies and terrorism, we were always safe. There were no cat calls, no gawking at my breasts, no staring when I fed Griffin. No one told me to smile...
10 Airbnb Listings You Don’t Want To Miss

10 Airbnb Listings You Don’t Want To Miss

Travelers, rejoice! We have compiled the best and most sought after Airbnb rental homes world wide for your viewing and booking pleasure. If you haven’t booked with Airbnb before I’ll quickly tell you a little bit about the app. Airbnb is an all encompassing home/room rental app that allows you to book a room or entire home during your travels. When we traveled through Europe we used Airbnb every time we booked a new destination. As a full time traveling family it was important for us to have the option of cooking meals in our home if we wanted (money saver) and have a separate room for Nolan without paying an arm and a leg. But the best part about our experience with Airbnb was interacting with our hosts. Our hosts were locals and acted as our guide relaying the best restaurants, coolest non-tourist destinations and give us vital information like where the bus stop was, how often it ran, where to get our train passes, etc. In 2012 Airbnb launched a feature on their app called Wish List. Users are now able to browse through selecting and saving their favorite home listings. It is like online shopping for the most beautiful, creative and desired travel destination. How can you go wrong? So here we are! The 10 most desired world wide listings on Airbnb. Pack your bags and cash in your vacation time, the world is waiting! 10. Secluded Intown Treehouse Atlanta, GA Awarded the #1 slot for most desired Airbnb listing last year, this secluded Atlanta, Georgia tree house makes us want to pack a rucksack and...
6 Unforgettable Experiences in Bend, Oregon

6 Unforgettable Experiences in Bend, Oregon

6 Unforgettable Experiences in Bend, OR DISCOVER BEND Found nestled between the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, Bend reigns true as one of the fastest growing cities in the state and with good reason. The high desert plateau of Central Oregon lends some of the best weather for year-round outdoor activities in the country. Ski Mt. Bachelor in the winter and hike, bike or raft any of the seemingly endless routes and trails catered specifically to those who love to participate outdoor activities. The best part about Bend is that it is truly a city that embraces family travel as most of their activities (with the exception of a few) can be catered to all ages, and that is something we LOVE. We have compiled some of the best and most unforgettable activities Bend, Oregon has to offer. Some we have tried out ourselves as a family, others we have yet to explore and one or two of our favorites were tested by Mama bear pre-children. Interested? Read through our top 6 list and find the perfect activity for you and your family. ETA: This was supposed to be a top 10 list but with a toddler who wouldn’t nap plus a slower than molasses computer, 6 was all I could do without losing my mind. BE FOREWARNED — You might never want to leave 6.  Cycle Bend An Oregonian rite of passage Bend has some of the best trails for family riders as well as intermediate to expert cyclists alike. The trails offer a perfect marriage of exciting, age appropriate downhill trails along with serine panoramic views of the...
4 Best Kid Friendly Hiking Trails in Phoenix

4 Best Kid Friendly Hiking Trails in Phoenix

4 Best Kid Friendly Hiking Trails in Phoenix So, you’re visiting Arizona with the kids and looking for a great hiking trail that is the perfect marriage between tough enough to nap later but not so hard that the soundtrack to your entire hike is a four year old whining. Awesome! You’ve landed in the right place. Hiking in Arizona is a truly special experience. When I moved here with my family in elementary school I remember hiking and finding the views to be breathtaking and unique — you can see for miles!!! The mountains are easily accessible by vehicle, many are kid friendly and the views….. they’re simply amazing and you don’t always have to make it to the top to get a glimpse of the expansive view below. Since we have kids and enjoy the outdoors we thought it would be helpful for other traveling families to read about trails and hikes specifically designed for little kids. Our four year old can hoss it up a mountain, but sometimes we want something a little easier. Some of the most important features that make these four trails / walks the best include the following: Trails that are easily accessible by vehicle Clean, well tended to trails Incorporate education and environmental stewardship Easy to access bathrooms for potty breaks (duh) Easy elevation changes LOTS of natural beauty So here they are, the top 4 best hiking trails in the Phoenix Metro area– 4. Gateway Trailhead – Bajada Nature Trail What we love: The Bajada Nature trail is located right smack dab in the front of the Gateway trailhead. This fun...