Travel around the world without flying – is it even possible?
Just as when I stopped eating meat and dairy products, stopped accepting plastic bags and stopped shopping at fast fashion stores and products that come from sweat shops, the time has come for me to stop surpressing my knowledge and bad conscience of the impact all my flying has on the world.
I am no longer gonna fly.
But how, you might ask. How would I be able to travel to other continents?
Well, Europe and Asia are connected by land so that can be done with bus, train, car, bike and walking. Need to cross an ocean? Boat, ferry or cruise ship.
But why? A lot of people defend their and others flying by “the plane will fly no matter in you get on it or not” but if everyone thinks like that, we never move forward and no changes will be made. I want to show myself and the world that it is possible to travel all around the world without flying. As someone who a lot of people get inspired by my traveling, I also feel responsible to do my part. I want my actions to match my values.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that I will never set my butt on a plane again. Firstly I have 2 trips booked these following 2 weeks that I booked before this decision where I will be flying – however I will be buying climate compensation for these.
But I can also not know what will happen in the future. Maybe me or someone I know gets sick, and I need to get somewhere far fast. I don’t know. But I will not make a promise I can’t keep, but I do promise that I will do my best never to fly via airplane until there are environmentally friendly options.
Will it be hard?
It can often be more expensive to travel by train or bus than by flight. It will also take longer, a luxury I might not always have.
But I also think it will be very fun and a totally new way of traveling and experiencing the world. Having to get creative about my transportations is motivating and inspiring. I want to show not just the world, but myself that it is possible and that there are no excuses for me not to travel in a way that is more sustainable for the world. I travel full time so I have all the time I want to spend on the actual journey. And this will also give me the chance to see places I never would have if I were to fly. To be more flexible and to get to meet more people and explore more paths less travelled.
I was planning on going to Iran for Norouz in March, and when I decided not to fly anymore I was first thinking that it will take such a long time and maybe I won’t have the time to make it there before Norouz, but after a quick search on the internet I realised it’s possible to get all the way from Sweden to Tehran with only 3 different buses. This really opened my mind to how much easier this will be than I have imagined.
I also have some loose plans to do a road trip in the Dolomites with some travel friends and I’m thinking I should make the journey there a journey by itself. Maybe ride a bike, maybe change it up and mix car sharing, train rides, bus rides and walking?
Can you tell that I am excited about this?
Saving the world all of the sudden seem like less of an impossible task. And I want to be a part of trying to save it instead of simply sitting on the sidelines watching it happen without helping.