5 Reasons Why You Need to Consider an Agrotourism Vacation

Are you looking for a different option than the beaches of Bali for this year’s vacation? Perhaps you want something more to show for your days off than extra pounds and cheap souvenirs that will soon be next year’s trash?

Want to try your hand at something that will not only keep you in good shape, but which could possibly turn into a lifelong passion?

Why not consider agrotourism? Agrotourism has been growing in popularity over the last few years. Sites like PinkTractor.com, an agriculture magazine, showcase the rising popularity of agriculture among women and millennials. One reason for this shift in vacation destinations could be related to how today’s travelers desire to spend their money on experiences over acquiring stuff.

Want to know what the big deal is about agrotourism and why it might be the best choice for your summer plans this year?

Here are 5 reasons that will have you looking up local farms and getting your girl-crew together for a time you will not forget.

  1. Enhances your knowledge of agriculture.

One of the main reasons individuals choose to spend their vacation on a farm is their desire for hands-on farming experience. Activities range from helping to harvest certain foods, to classes on planting and tending.

Some farms offer hayrides, garden-to-table dinners, and other farm-related activities. These can broaden and deepen your appreciation of agriculture and the importance of it in today’s world.

  1. Healthier choice than eating your way through vacation.

Think of past vacations. Did you tend to eat too much, drink too much, and not exercise? How long did it take you to lose that vacation weight? Too long? Or perhaps you are still battling with last year’s extra poundage, acquired eating gelato in Italy?

Such vacations can not only wreak havoc on our wallet but on all our good intentions to eat healthily. Wouldn’t you rather return from your vacation looking fit and fine, over feeling bloated and several pounds overweight?

Not only will a farm-cation change your focus from what to eat next, to where your food is coming from. But it will also provide you with physical activities that will have you burning calories rather than only consuming them.

Harvard Health Publishing notes that being outdoors increases your vitamin D intake. It also helps you exercise, be happier, and improves concentration. Additionally, studies suggest time spent outdoors has the power to reduce stress levels. This fact alone should bump agrotourism to a top spot on your vacation list.

farmers market

  1. Supports local farmers and rural areas.

Local farms are often in competition with food suppliers from overseas. Visiting a farm and paying for the activities you engage in can help supplement that farm’s income. Your stay within the farm’s vicinity is also a boost to the economy in the area surrounding the farm.

Telling others about your experience can help ignite interest in agrotourism and in that farm in particular. Thus, creating a good cycle of interest and income for local farmers and the farming community across the US.

local farmers

  1. An eco-friendly option.

Has the state of the world’s environment been on your mind recently? Perhaps climate change and its resulting extreme weather patterns has you worried?

Not sure what you can do to make a dent in all the change needed in order to reverse the damage? Guess what? You can make it better by simply choosing to fly less often. The New York Times published an article last year on this topic. The article discussed how one round trip flight between California and New York generates 20 percent of your car’s C02 for an entire year.

If you travel often, deciding to opt out of flying is one of the largest ways you can curb your environmental footprint.

  1. Provides affordable destinations.

Farms tend to be in rural spots, untouched by tourist-related inflation for lodging and food. Your stay and the meals during your travel could end up costing you less than some other more well-known but ultimately much pricier locales.

If you choose a farm that is within the United States, then there are alternatives to flying to get to your destination. A train or bus ticket usually comes in at a fraction of the price. And going for a road trip could also be a great way to see local sights and experience the wide, open spaces of the US. This keeps more money in your own pocket and helps you save for other big expenses that are worthier of your cash.

Comments

  1. kathy downey says:

    This all sounds rather interesting and I really need a vacation!

  2. Lynda Cook says:

    This sounds pretty cool, it helps the farmer with work as well getting the guests to help while they are learning!

  3. Janet Meisner says:

    What a great idea. Children would so much enjoy this type of vacation.

  4. Deborah P. says:

    These tours would be very popular I am sure ! I would love to learn more about planting and harvesting and the kids would find it a great change from the usual.

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