Factory-Bound: 15 Great Family Vacations

The author of this blog submission, Debbie Glade of Smart Poodle Publishing, is the Geography Awareness Editor for Wandering Educators. The original version of this blog can be found by following this link. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to plan a vacation around touring some of American finest factories and manufacturing museums. What a fantastic family adventure it would be! Discovering where … Continue reading Factory-Bound: 15 Great Family Vacations

What’s the big IDEA? New Tools To Help You Plan For Summer

We know that the end of the school year doesn’t mean the end of educating! Check out IDEAS, our newest tool to help you plan activities, projects and lessons. With IDEAS, you’ll find everything you’ll need, from citizen science projects, to arts and crafts, to family travel. Are you teaching a summer course? Check out these IDEAS to inspire your students to improve their school. … Continue reading What’s the big IDEA? New Tools To Help You Plan For Summer

Sustainable Vacations

August is the unofficial vacation month so, before you pack your bags, do the planet a favor and plan a sustainable vacation!  While the idea of an eco-friendly trip might conjure up ideas of backpacking up mountains or being swarmed by mosquitoes in the jungle–I know it did for me!–you can find a sustainable trip to suit almost any need.  A sustainable vacation means making green and responsible choices from hotels to food to activities.  In a 2003 survey by National Geographic’s Geotourism Study, 71% of Americans believed that it was important not to damage the environment while on vacation.  From the beach lounger to the 12-month-hippyvacafiji.jpga-year skier, there is a green vacation for you!

In National Geographic Traveler’s March 2004 issue, the magazine first came out with its 115 top spots to visit based on the destination-stewardship index.  This index rates places subject to pressures including development, pollution, globalization and tourism.  On the 0 to 100 scale, the destinations ranked between 41 and 82, encompassing places all over the globe from fjords in Norway and Chile to the heavy touristed South Island of New Zealand. On this list, environmental quality played an important role with credit given to places like Tuscany and Vermont that value aesthetics (Vermont’s Act 250 even bans billboards in the state).  While most low-scoring destinations were beaches, the rankings afforded a new awareness to places that have reduced environmental pressures.  Beaches in Florida, Thailand and Spain’s Balearic Islands are now in the process of finding innovative programs to reverse their formerly destructive ways.  

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Tell Us: What are your favorite holiday traditions?

Subscribe to this blog’s feed We’re gearing up for the holidays here at My Wonderful World and sharing stories about what makes the season special for our family and friends. Down in NC, my family traditions spring from our proximity to the coast and the temperate weather in the South. Our holiday party usually involves shucking oysters on the back deck and wearing short sleeves … Continue reading Tell Us: What are your favorite holiday traditions?