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Where There’s A Will, you’ll find a way – downsize travel

by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

Last year, I spent more time vacationing at home and, as you heard previously, I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I discovered a lot of fun spots right in my area that I would have missed otherwise and I enjoyed the relaxation of just staying put. (The only flight I’ve taken in one year has been a visit home to Minneapolis when my mom was very sick.) Now, I’m splurging on a trip to Vermont, where we are going to visit another co-housing community.

As I started planning, I found out that there are no direct flights from here to Vermont. I did look into the train, but did not have enough days to make that work. Instead of giving up too fast, I decided to think a little harder and came up with an idea that would at least significantly downsize my travel footprint of multiple flights. After looking closely at an atlas, I realized that I could reasonably fly into Boston on one flight, rent a car and drive the 3 hours to my destination in Brattleboro, VT. (Of course, I’ll be offsetting that flight with one of my favorite offset companies, Terra Pass.)

I then searched every car rental company for a hybrid to use, but, unfortunately, nothing yet available in that area (what’s up, Hertz??). Ok, well, I opted for the smallest car I could get. We’ll stop halfway and stay at Delta Organic Farm Bed and Breakfast and enjoy some rural scenery and hiking – no extra driving since it’s on the way. Then, we’ll land in downtown so that we can enjoy those activities car-free. No sacrifice, a lot of benefits, with a little less carbon output.

The rest of the year? I’m planning to avoid air travel when possible again. I’ll let you know what I come up with for vacation fun as we move into Summer. Because, where there is a will……….

(I’ll try to post while away, but will miss tomorrow. More soon! Tao)

4 Responses to “Where There’s A Will, you’ll find a way – downsize travel”

  1. Alison Wiley Says:

    I’m so happy to find your blogsite. Great job on managing your travel — “little carbon feet” is the phrase one of my carbon-reduction pals here in Portland Oregon likes to use. We’re starting a CRAG together (Carbon Reduction Action Group).
    I actually lived in Carrboro NC in 1984-85 while going to grad school at UNC. I love what you are doing there in that great community. I’m adding you to my blogroll. Come visit my blog at
    keepin’ the faith,

  2. tao Says:

    Hi and Welcome Alison!
    Thanks for your encouraging and confirming note. Cool that you know Carrboro so well – I actually lived in the NW (Seattle) for a couple years – I love what is happening there, too.
    I’ll visit your blog soon and thanks for adding me to your blog love!
    As One,

  3. tao Says:

    Oh, by the way – I had not yet heard of CRAG, but love the sound of it!! I’ll check that out, too – thanks! Tao

  4. Crafty Green Poet Says:

    I also love vacationing at home, there’s so much to explore and enjoy! Its a couple of years since I last flew anywhere though sometimes as you say there is no alternative that fits in with your programme. Good to discover your blog!

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