We’re out at home. Those staycations, we love them! After all the long journeys of the past few years, it is also a very good stick behind the door, not to mention that we show Manuel how beautiful the Netherlands is. And how nice it is to enjoy being outdoors in the Dutch nature (sometimes not even far from our own home). When Coleman (from the famous red Camping Wagon) asked me to inspire you to make your staycations and weekends in my own country a little greener, I didn’t have to think about it for long. Now that Manuel is a toddler, I notice that doing things together – and especially imitating Mom and Dad – in his world is the most fun there is. We make a game of everything and as a parent you can of course also give a lot of guidance to what you want to give your offspring in terms of travel. By doing these little things already structurally and above all setting a good example, I hope that it will be the most normal thing in the world when he grow up!
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5 X tips to make your family staycations even greener
➊ During our last staycation at the Vinkeveense puddles we went into nature during our daily walk with the Coleman Camping Wagon with an extra mission. Funny detail that I didn’t expect: the bollard cart suddenly replaces our buggy lately because we can also take other things with us, such as a picnic basket or items for the beach. Our mission? Coleman sent us waste prods to collect litter from nature together with Manuel and to dispose of it correctly. A ‘game’ that we will definitely play more often, because Manuel’s enthusiasm was unstoppable. So simple, but so effective as to give your little one that waste does not belong in nature and that we can only make sure that we can enjoy all the beauty of mother earth for as long as possible.
➋ During your staycation, don’t go to a city, but look for nature with the kids. Through websites like Natuurhuisje.nl you can book lots of fun and also special accommodations in the middle of nature. How about a treehouse or a safari tent?
➌ Are you staying anywhere in the country? Google at farm shops nearby. Often good for two birds with one stone to add a green touch to your staycation. You buy products directly from the countryside. It’s not going to be any more local! And in most cases there are enough animals to be found in the yard so that the little one will feel like they are at a petting zoo.
➍ We try to raise Manuel as a flexitarian. A few days a week we deliberately do not eat meat and opt for meat substitutes. I can tell you that they are also very tasty on the barbecue! Bet the kids like to cook their own sausages on a stick over the fire? Challenge yourself to eat a vegetarian day during a staycation, from breakfast to dinner!
➎ You really don’t have to go far for a successful staycation. Our next mission: we are going to book a staycation where wego to the destination by bike. In the immediate vicinity of Amsterdam, on an hour of cycling maximum. With a toddler you arechallenged so as to take as little as possible. That’s why it’s all the more important that you check with the property what’s going on and what you don’t have to take with you. It doesn’t get greener than cycling on holiday!
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