The travellers who are turning their backs on airplanes

Many years ago, after returning from a tour around the world, Charlotte Wolf tallied the number of flights she had taken in the course of her journey.

In a short period of time, the 29-year-old logged roughly 18 trips, according to CNN Travel.

When Wolf saw the amount written down, it prompted some sobering introspection on his part.

She admits, “I was a major polluter.”

Until this moment, Wolf had never given any consideration to the impact of flying. She vowed never to fly again.

“I haven’t flown since.”

When she joined up for a 2020 no-fly pledge hosted by Flight Free UK, she was unaware that air travel would be restricted for much of the year and the next year.

Throughout the planet, aviation transport had come to a standstill by the spring of 2020.

Approximately 2% of all carbon dioxide emissions are attributed to global air travel. Even in December 2020, when some travel had resumed, worldwide aviation emissions were still 40% lower than they were in 2019.

The term “staycation” became a catchphrase when planes began to disappear from the sky. Last year and this year, even when foreign travel returned in sporadic swaths, many vacationers stayed behind in the comfort of their own backyards.

Covid is still a concern in 2022, but borders are being reopened and international travel is returning at a steady pace.

Some passengers, like Wolf, are counting down the days before their next journey, but others, like him, are resolved to never again flying.

Her ambition to see the world does not conflict with her promise to avoid air travel, according to Wolf, who is based in England.

“I’m still a big fan of travelling, and I’m going to continue to do so, but I’m going to do it in a different way,” she adds.

It appears that Wolf’s long-term companion is likewise a flight-free person. The pair travelled by rail to the south of France in the summer of 2020, just like they did in August. Additionally, they recently took an Edinburgh weekend vacation instead of taking a cheap ticket.

Couple hopes to one day travel from the UK to Japan via the Trans-Siberian Railway in the long future

But despite her desire to stay away from flying, Wolf has not ruled out the possibility of returning to the skies at some point.

As a result of her ancestry, she is half-British and half-American.

For a crucial reason, Wolf says he’d be content to visit New York just every five years instead of the five times he used to go when he was younger.

As things stand right now, Wolf is fine with flying to visit them every half-decade or so. If necessary, she could also fly. The one thing she won’t be doing again is flying for pleasure.

Wolf acknowledges that her considerable travel experience makes this commitment a little simpler to make.

According to the author, “I think it’s a luxury thing to do.” She adds, “I think that I would not expect anyone to do it if they had not travelled.” The fact that I completed my bucket list at such a young age is a blessing.

There has to be a bigger revamp of travel expenses, as Wolf appreciates the attractiveness of low-cost airlines versus pricy rail rides.

The fact that she’s a self-employed person means that she’s more likely to take the “long road” on holiday, and she believes there should be government-supported incentives to encourage people to travel by rail.

“When travelling by train from the UK to France, it takes a whole day to get there, but flying is quicker. Things like incentives in pay employment, where you receive additional yearly leave if you can demonstrate that you’re picking a low carbon alternative, would be interesting to see.”

#flightfree is a hashtag Wolf uses when she posts trip images, even though she doesn’t expect others to follow her lead. “Participate in that discourse” and show them how easy it is to travel from the UK to Europe and beyond by rail.

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