At the end of 2019, I decided to stop flying in 2020. I will not fly “for fun” in 2020 (and beyond) if I manage to make it work for me and my life.
Why I decided to stop flying
Why? I want to reduce my CO2 emissions and flying is one of the worst things I can do, really.
This BBC article about emissions from different modes of transport convinced me to give a year of not flying a shot.
After traveling the world in 2018 I needed a break from traveling, especially flying. My trip ended in February 2019 and at the end of 2019 I decided “no more”.
Of course, life is complex.
Firstly, I have friends and family all over the world, primarily across Europe and in the USA.
Secondly, I am with someone who’s from a different country and being with him will always involve paperwork and, being apart.
I did “long-distance” for over 3 years (USA – Europe) and being with someone, from a different country, means that I will do “long-distance” again, it’s part of it all and there’s no way around it.
I have family in the USA who I can only see if I jump on a plane. One of us will need to take a flight or we won’t be able to see each other.
This is where “for fun” comes in.
No more flying “for fun”
While I would jump on a plane to see my relatives in the USA, I will not fly “just because”.
No more flying in 2020 for:
- exotic locations
- meditation courses
.. I consider “for fun” any flight to a destination that does not involve seeing friends and family (who I wouldn’t be able to see without one of us flying).
I live in Berlin and can easily visit countries such as the Netherlands, Poland, and Austria by train or bus. Luckily, I don’t need to take a flight to see most of my friends and family.
Of course, taking a bus or train is more time consuming and almost always more expensive than taking a plane (as of right now). These factors just need to be taken into consideration when planning future trips.
Berlin to Barcelona
Recently I looked into how to get from Berlin to Barcelona. I plan on visiting a friend I haven’t seen in almost 10 years.
It’s roughly a 2-hour long flight and a 20 something hour-long train journey. Return flights can be as cheap as 50 Euros and return train journeys seem to start at 200-300 Euros.
Do I consider flying to Barcelona to see my friend? Of course, but I’ll make that call when I’ll plan my trip.
Trips I’ve taken and trips I’ve planed
- Taken: Poland in February 2020 by bus
- Austria by bus
- Poland (again) by bus
- Germany by train
I made my decision to not fly in 2020 prior to even knowing that Covid 19 existed. It’s my hope that the mess we are in right now will change how a lot of us approach flying and of course, the industry at large.
What about you?
What about you? If you currently fly, have you considered to stop flying? Where do your friends and family live? Would it be feasible for you?
I’d love to hear from you! Stay calm and safe! 🙂