Let's face it. Flying is a common way for many of us remote workers and surfers to get around. But what's the impact of all that? And more importantly what can we learn from this and adapt into our daily lives?
Here are some statistics for forms of transport. The numbers below are for grams of CO2 emissions, per passenger kilometre.
In terms of getting around then flying is not beneficial for the environment. We'd be better off driving across the planet in our own car refuelling hundreds of times. As a side note, cruise ships surprisingly are also pretty horrendous because the amount of fuel needed by a big cruise ship to cover a distance is remarkably large, even though they transport more people.
Flying as a trend though is becoming more and more popular. As a business we are actively encouraging people to move around by displaying properties all around the world in all these incredible spots. We don't stipulate how you travel to our partner locations but there's an assumption the majority of it often involves some flights.
What can we do to reduce our impact with flying?
"When it comes to flying, there is a hierarchy, a bit like the reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy."
(withmanyroots.com got it pretty damn right with their paraphrasing of Lucy Siegle at the Guardian)
"First don’t fly, second fly with the most efficient airline (always in economy) and lastly offset. "
How does that translate to easy takeaways for our lives as digital nomads who love to surf, follow swells, friends and seasons?
Much love to you all. Don't be hard on yourselves for having flown a lot. The last thing we need is another thing to feel guilty about, but we can grow from this. We're all learning and we're learning together. Please comment below and start the discussion. What have you been doing, what else should we be thinking about?