Navigate / search

Fun Facts: Eight for Earth Day

Editor’s Note: Earth Day is April 22, and this week’s blog posts are dedicated to preserving the world as we continue to travel. Learn more about green travel, including green hotels and voluntourism, by visiting Travelocity’s Travel for Good homepage.

Happy Earth Day, loyal readers of The Window Seat! I must be honest, I’m not all that well-versed on green travel (I leave that to our Travel for Good guru and fellow blogger, Alison). But since we were celebrating Earth Week on the blog, I decided to brush up on my factoids. Here are the eight most interesting things I learned this week:

Five Great Green Travel Apps

Editor’s Note: Earth Day is April 22, and this week’s blog posts are dedicated to preserving the world as we continue to travel. Learn more about green travel, including green hotels and voluntourism, by visiting Travelocity’s Travel for Good homepage.

Want to travel a little more responsibly? Here are five great travel apps to help you get the most out of your next vacation–the greenest way possible.

hiCard ($0.99): Sending postcards is fun when you’re on the road, but what if you could do something a little different? This app lets you take a picture on your phone and send it as a paperless postcard to the folks back home. No stamps, no paper, and no waiting in line at the post office!

The Roaming Gnome Goes Green in NYC for Earth Week: Follow Him on Twitter for a Chance to Win

Editor’s Note: Earth Day is April 22, and this week’s blog posts are dedicated to preserving the world as we continue to travel. Learn more about green travel, including green hotels and voluntourism, by visiting Travelocity’s Travel for Good homepage.

The Roaming Gnome is celebrating Earth Week (April 18-22) in New York City and you can get in on the fun, too. He’s hosting a series of scavenger hunts, wherein Twitter Followers have a chance to win prizes like sustainable vacation packages, eco-friendly hotel stays, show tickets, and more.

“Mother Earth is a dear old friend – who makes a splendid buttered crumpet, I might add,” says the Roaming Gnome. “I can’t wait to see all my marvelous friends in New York City lend her a helping hand during my scavenger hunt.”

In Search of What’s Rare: Solitude and a Songbird

Editor’s Note: Earth Day is April 22, and this week’s blog posts are dedicated to preserving the world as we continue to travel. Learn more about green travel, including green hotels and voluntourism, by visiting Travelocity’s Travel for Good homepage.

If you read Jonathan Franzen’s blockbusting, Oprah-picked novel Freedom when it came out last year, then you know there was a heavy environmentalist component (if you didn’t read it, be grateful for less wasted hours in your life—it was definitely not my favorite), so it wasn’t surprising that, in a recent New Yorker article for the annual “Journeys” edition, Franzen admitted an affinity for seeking out rare and/or endangered animals, particularly birds. In the article, he writes about when he trekked all the way to the middle of nowhere to spend some time in solitude on the island where Robinson Crusoe supposedly was marooned centuries ago, many hours away by plane and boat and foot from any nearby civilization (500 miles off the coast of central Chile).

Top 5 Family Friendly Camping Destinations

Traveling to new destinations can be hard when you’re towing a couple of kids and a tight budget. To overcome this, my family camped. A lot. My family camped so much, we could have been some type of Ranger family; we would pack up the van in less than an hour and be ready to go on the road before the sun even came up. Upon arriving, my brother would set up the tent, I would unload the food, and my dad would start the fire. It was a team effort. Well, except for my mom. She just relaxed.

Looking back, these camping trips were some of the best vacations I ever had with my family. The adventures were educational and fun, and we were always in a beautiful environment.   And in the hopes that you’ll have as good a time in the Great Outdoors as I did, I leave you with this short list of National Parks offering great family camping opportunities. Each has something different to offer, but all provide a great setting to enjoy quality time with your family.