A vacation that combines sustainability and cost effectiveness is pretty much perfect in my mind. Why stay in a typical boring hotel when there are so many other fantastic options out there? We've discovered five exciting options that take your vacation from ordinary to very extraordinary. Check them out after the jump.
The Street has put together a great list of 5 ways that you can take an unconventional vacation that is off the grid and affordable. Here are the first two:
1. Get back to nature: "Throw in a bit of education. For instance, the North Cascades Institute in Sedro-Woolley, Washington, north of Seattle, offers a variety of three- and four-day family getaways and backpacking adventures that will give your family a chance to check out some of the most spectacular scenery in the country while learning about the natural and cultural history of the area. Getaways are priced from about $225 per adult and $155 per child, which includes lodging, meals and activities. Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, which use Seattle-Tacoma International Airport as a hub, are offering inexpensive summer fares on some flights into and out of the city."
2. Rent a yurt: "For something completely different, rent a yurt at your favorite campground or vacation destination. Yurts -- round, peaked-roof, tent-like structures used by Central Asian nomads for centuries -- are popping up all over the country as eco-friendly, alternative vacation accommodations. The Lova Lava Land Eco-Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii, for instance, offers furnished yurt rentals for $60 a night and $245 a week. At the Wagon Trail Campground in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin, you can rent a yurt that will sleep five people for $79 to $85 a night. For a complete list of yurt vacation rentals across the country, visit the Pacific Yurts Web site."
• Read More: 5 Cheap Vacations That Go Off the Grid at The Street
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