Little Green Traveller – New web portal for Dream Green Family Getaways
The inspirational micro-site is packed with:
- Family-friendly places to stay;
- Trips and tours reachable without flying in Europe;
- Eco-friendly tips for travelling on public transport with babies and children.
Check out the finest baby-friendly accommodation and restaurants, read about family days out that keep everyone happy, feel inspired by the best holidays for families whether it is in treehouses, farm stays, yurts, campsites or active breaks for kids on the move.
Whether a family wants to relax in the sun, bring history alive, pick up some kayaking skills, join a guided walk, or have a taste of something more adventurous, there’s a holiday to suit with a low carbon footprint. Like the parent site, greentraveller.co.uk, its new baby Little Greentraveller, connects experiences that benefit local people with eco-friendly transport systems, and the site suggests ways of making the most of their family holiday locally – with bike hire, horse riding, wildlife adventures, boat trips and more.
With ‘Less Carbon, More Fun’ in mind, a major focus will be how to make the most of taking the family on public transport in the UK and Europe, by train, bus or ferry. Advice ranges from how to benefit from weekend upgrades on the trains, which ferry companies offer baby changing facilities or activity packs, and how to take the family’s bikes on the railways. Once the parents know the route they want, they can click through to the transport operator and book the tickets at the usual price.
Commenting on the reasons behind the introduction of Little Greentraveller, Richard Hammond, who founded the green travel holiday web portal in 2006, said, “It was when Osian came along in May last year that my wife (a travel writer) and I started to realise that parents needed much more specialised advice. The day he was born, we were suddenly transported into a new child-centric world where we found new parents wanting to continue to go the extra mile with green-minded choices, but were struggling to do so.”
There are dozens of family holidays to choose from that are all reachable by pubic transport. Why not stay in a Swedish winter wonderland or try out canoeing on some of Europe’s great rivers? As the saying goes, Families who play together, stay together. So, while most of the holidays are for the whole family unit, there are also holidays for parents who are in need of some grown-up time together while the kids have the chance to, for example, join horse riding in the Alps and coasteering in Wales.
From a comfortable chalet base in the Chamonix Valley, this guided action-packed week of family adventure is hard to beat. Activities include introductory rock climbing and canyoning, whitewater rafting or hydrospeed on the River Arve, and a high ropes course at the Chamonix Adventure Park. Visit the Mer de Glace and the Ice Grotto, and ride Europe’s highest cable-car to the viewpoint of the Aiguaille du Midi.
Price: From £995, including six nights in a chalet, one night in a refuge, all meals, cable car and mountain rail transfers, rafting, climbing, biking and the services of a trip leader. Travel extra. Departures: 20 July, and 3 and 7 August 2013.
Perthshire’s mountains, rivers and forests make a superb adventure playground for families looking for a thrilling summer holiday. With the help of their own guide, adventurous families can try out gorge walking, mountain biking, open boat canoeing, rock climbing and nature walks. A highlight is paddling in canoes over to a small wooded island on the nearby loch, lighting a BBQ and sitting around the campfire. Families stay in a comfortable guest house in the village of Aberfeldy and while expert guiding is included, families also have some quality time alone together.
Price: £545 per adult and £345 per child based on a family of four sharing a family room in a 3-star guest house, including three nights’ B&B accommodation, a packed lunch each day, all guided activities (inc. equipment hire) and information pack. Departures between 1 April – 31 October.
For a few fun days with the family, wander slowly through the beautiful landscapes of central Spain, accompanied by a donkey. Walk through perfectly preserved medieval villages, with plenty of time to picnic, paddle and relax en route between charming, family-friendly hotels. The holiday begins in the village of Navafria in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama Natural Park, where the family meets their donkey, and learns how to harness, lead and look after him or her. With the donkey as a companion, over three days, they follow ancient drovers’ trails along tracks lined with wild flowers. Spot birds and other wildlife en route, and let the children hop on and off as their little legs get tired.
Price: From £645 per adult and £335 per child, based on sharing a family room including four nights’ B&B, three dinners, two picnics, three days’ donkey hire, luggage transported, and route notes and maps. Travel extra. Departing 29 March to 3 November 2013.
To make it all easy to navigate, Greentraveller features a new Little Greentraveller icon, showing a mother pushing a pram. And there are links to book accommodation, trips and tours, all at the suppliers’ current prices: www.greentraveller.co.uk/little-greentraveller