Right now, I’m investigating a new travel technique, which I’m calling “Slow Daily Travel”. By going slow (traveling 1o to 100 miles per day), your journey can often become more intriguing and enjoyable. My technique involves traveling as far as you like each day, and then staying overnight in a hotel. The next day you repeat, until you reach your destination. If you pack minimally enough, and you are not in a hurry to get anywhere, this techniques works quite well.
You can use any efficient type of transportation you like to travel. You can walk, cycle, kayak, sail, ride a bus, or ride a train. Electric vehicles are also ideal for this kind of travel because you can recharge your batteries overnight, and have them ready for the next day. You can use electric vehicles like electric bikes, electric kayaks, electric catamarans or dinghies (see the book Sustainable Sailing for more info on electric boats). You can also make use of solar chargers with these vehicles (I’ll be examining solar charging in detail in an upcoming article).
In conjunction with this, I’ve been investigating car-free routes around my home. So far, I’ve discovered a surprising number of car-free routes from my local area, Northern Virginia. Some of the routes include: the WO&D Trail (biking trail from Washington, DC to Purcellville, VA) the C&O Canal Trail (biking trail from Washington, DC to Cumberland, MD), the Great Allegheny Passage (biking trail that goes from Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh, PA), the Intracoastal Waterway (an inland waterway that goes from Norfolk, VA to Miami, FL). The Chesapeake Bay is also a huge car-free region that you can explore for months in a small boat.
By investigating car-free routes, I’ve actually become more aware of the terrain around my home, and this has made me think differently about my vacation plans. I’ll be going into the details of my slow travel in upcoming articles.
Here are some book I found useful while investigating slow, car-free travel:
Books On Electric Vehicles
- Sustainable Sailing: Go Green When You Cast Off by Dieter Loibner
- How to Live Well Without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life by Chris Balish
- Bike Touring: The Sierra Club Guide to Travel on Two Wheel by Raymond Bridge
- Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman
- The Electric Vehicle Conversion Handbook by Mark Warner
- Build Your Own Electric Bicycle by Matthew Slinn
Mid-Atlantic Biking Books
- Rail-Trails Mid-Atlantic: Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC and West Virginia
- Bicycling The Atlantic Coast by Donna Ikenberry Aikenhead
- Linking Up: Planning Your Traffic-Free Bike Trip Between Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC by Mary Shaw and Roy Weil
Mid-Atlantic Boating Books
- The Intracostal Waterway, Norfolk to Miami: The Complete Cockpit Cruising Guide by Jan and Bill Moelier
- Cruising the Chesapeake: A Gunkholer’s Guide by William H. Shellenberger (Hardcover)
- Guide to Cruising Chesapeake Bay 2011 Edition by Staff of Chesapeake Bay Magazine
- Sea Kayaking Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay: Day Trips on the Tidal Tributaries and Coastlines of the Western and Eastern Shore by Michael Savario
- Sea Kayaking Virginia: A Paddler’s Guide to Day Trips from Georgetown to Chincoteague by Andrea Nolan