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Holidays with kids: 5 ideas for eco-friendly family trips

Going on holiday with children without giving up on sports: it’s possible. Just choose the destinations and activities that suit you best.

What better time than summer holidays to spend some quality time with your kids while respecting the environment and being in contact with nature? There are countless possibilities to meet the needs of everybody, from more active parents to adventure seekers and people who just want to get some rest. Here are some tips to plan your holidays with kids.

Cyclotourism

It could look like a tiring option, but with a few tricks bike trips can be an exciting experience for all family members. Toddlers can be comfortably and safely carried in homologated trailers (passengers must be secured to their seat and protected from the sun, insects and skipping stones). Older children, instead, can have fun and ride a bike for longer or shorter stretches. In any case, it is important for you to choose suitable paths for the cyclists’ age and resistance, without many obstacles and to have available trains or ferries when in need of them. In addition, checking available “emergency” hotels or bed&breakfast alongside the path makes you feel more comfortable and relaxed.

Environmental volunteering

Many environmental associations offer volunteering programmes for families with kids under 14 years of age. From beach cleaning to path maintenance programmes, from animal care to tourist hospitality, there’s something to suit everybody’s fancy. And in your spare time you can go trekking, diving, do orienteering and a number of other activities in the open air.

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Holidays with kids while giving up on sports is possible. Just choose the destinations and activities that suit you best

Sailing boat

On a boat with your kids: why not? You’ll need a greater ability to adapt than a stay in a hotel, but a holiday on a sailing boat has a lot to offer to sea lovers. Small kids can have a nap cradled by the undertow, taking advantage of the effects of a sea aerosol and revitalizing breeze. For older children, instead, the sailing will turn into a real adventure on the high seas as well as an opportunity to get to know wonderful marine creatures and learn in the field the importance of a correct waste management and waste and pollution prevention.

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A holiday on a sailing boat has a lot to offer to sea lovers but it is suitable for people who have a great ability to adapt.

InterRail

Usually thought as an option suitable for young people in seek of low-cost adventures, the itinerant holiday by train is actually suitable for parents and children too. Moreover, passengers under 12 have substantial discounts on the ticket price (up to 50 per cent, or even 100 per cent for toddlers who don’t have a reserved seat). Travelling by train not only allows you cut the costs, but also CO2 emissions, compared to a trip by plane or car. And the taste of adventure will transform your journeys into the most exciting moments of your holidays.

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A traditional and relaxing holiday in a farm allows children to regain contact with nature and rediscover the joy of healthy and sustainable nutrition.

Educational farm

A traditional and relaxing holiday in a farm allows children (and adults!) living in a city to regain contact with nature and rediscover the joy of healthy and sustainable nutrition. And generally it suits all budgets.

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