A poster on another thread asks how we do these things w/o a car and while I feel no need to defend myself this was a topic I was thinking of starting anyway, so here goes.
How does everyone else handle vacations/getaways car-free?Personally, I was never one for long vacations staying in hotels, spending vast quantities of cash etc. ,as the tourism industry would have everyone do ,even when I had a car.These days, for me ,taking an extended bike ride is a vacation and as a result I have bike toured and camped all over Florida in recent years. Again ,I actually prefer frequent shorter "long weekend" getaways to extended vacations and like to camp,hike and backpack as well as bike, so this winter/spring I have been combining all into my trips.For example, I biked 80 miles each way ,with my backpack attached to the rear rack of my bike, to backpack 30+miles at Big Cyprus Natl. Preserve over a long weekend.On another trip it was more like 40 miles each way to backpack at a Wildlife Mngt. Area in the northern Everglades.
I guess the fact that I live in a state known for tourism and am w/i walking distance,for me anyway,of the beach and Everglades and w/i long weekend biking distance of the Keys makes this all doable ,but I admit many sacrifices and challenges are involved in making this lifestyle happen .I personally find it kind of ironic that most of the backpackers on a certain other forum seem to travel by car/plane an average at least a thousand miles for every 5 miles backpacked.This does not make sense to me, I start and end all my trips/travels at my front door and go self propelled.This makes even a trip to the grocery a hike and the return a backpack. Finally, I have no need to go anywhere I can't get to by bike(or on foot) ,it is all about choices and that is my choice.