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Travelling Without Flying

We are all increasingly aware of the negative impact flying has on our planet. If it was a country, aviation would be the 7th largest emitter of CO2 in the world. In addition, aircraft emit more than CO2, meaning aviation’s total impact on the environment could be between two and four times greater than CO2 alone. Left unchecked, aircraft emissions could contribute over a quarter of the world’s carbon footprint by 2050.

Environmentalists advise us that if we are going to fly – ‘to make it count;’ to take direct flights; pack less and fly on more modern planes…amongst other things.

Many of us feel really compromised at present – recognising the negative impact of flying on our planet, but also acknowledging the positive impact travel can have on supporting local communities and economies.

Overlanding, as a means of travel definitely allows you to make ‘your flight count’–  visit several countries on a more limited number of flights and, we tend to visit more of the ‘off the main tourist trail destinations ‘ – meaning the tourist dollar is spread more widely, benefitting communities that struggle to gain an income in other ways.

Make Your Flight Count – fly less often, travel overland when you’re there

  • Crossing the Equator in Kenya

    How about 29 countries across Africa – starting on a one way flight to Gibraltar and a one way flight back from Cairo. (Bearing in mind that you can also get to Gibraltar relatively easily by bus/train-but more of that later!)

  • 11 countries across South America , involving one return flight to Quito

 

 

Even better, join a trip that starts from the UK – great for our UK based travellers

 

But how about reaching other start destinations without taking a flight? We’ve looked at a few of our trips and alternative ways of getting to our start point and/or back again.

Container ship starts – it’s possible to get to many of our start destinations travelling by sea, on a container/freight ship. A quick online search will help you find routes and companies. You need to bear in mind that there are often very few cabins on a ship, so you generally need to book well in advance, and make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to get to your start destination. Ships can be delayed, by days or weeks!

These are just a few ideas about reducing the carbon footprint of your travels. We’d love to hear if you’ve managed to travel to/from home on one of our trips in a more sustainable way. Let us know!

 

 

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