Sustainable Travelling: How To Travel the World Without Flying

Last month, Anne wrote in her blog that educating yourself about your environmental footprint is a first step in contributing to a more sustainable world. There are several websites that can help you with this, for example this footprint calculator, or this website that visualises the impact of flying.

What stands out in our environmental footprint, is the impact of flying. I had always known flying was not good for the environment, but justified it for myself by knowing I eat little meat and rarely travel by car. However, when I read this article a few years ago, I was really shocked. It shows how a round trip to New York has the same impact on the environment as eating one thousand Big Macs!

In short, not flying is a very effective way to spare the environment. At the same time, I love travelling and would find it difficult to give up. And with me many of us who love our wonderful planet and care for it, also dream to see as much as possible of the world.

Luckily, there are ways and you can reach almost every corner of the world without having to step into one airplane. Admitted, they may be a little impractical and time-consuming,  but it will surely be an experience. Therefore, while we are waiting for the lockdown to lift and the world to open, dream away with these adventurous ways of seeing the world without having to fly!

Public transport within Europe

Travelling by land through modern, nearby and connected Europe is really easy. Although cheap and fast flying options are tempting, other ways of public transport are also increasingly affordable, easy and comfortable to use. I personally love to travel by train or bus as you see a lot of the landscape and if you travel by night, it can even save you time. Take a look at the websites of Flixbus or Interrail for example to plan your next trip!

Travelling to Asia by train

When going outside of Europe, we get to the more adventurous part of travelling by alternatives to flying. East Asia, for example, lies very far away from us. Still, we are connected to it by land. Therefore, you can reach it by railway. The longest uninterrupted train journey stretches from Portugal to Vietnam and spans 17000 km. Part of it is the Trans-Siberian Express, which is on the bucket list of many travellers. It takes you from Moscow to Beijng in six days. This sure is a long ride, but if you are travelling for weeks or even months anyway, it might be worth it!

Crossing the Atlantic

A few decades ago, it used to be common to go to the Americas by boat. Still, it is possible to cross the Atlantic with a ship as you can lift on a cargo ship. It will take you around a week to get to New York from le Havre in France. In this Dutch travel show, you get an impression of how that looks.

Sailing around the world

As you might have heard, climate activist Greta Thunberg uses sailing boats to travel between continents. Even if you are not a famous environmental activist or own a boat yourself, it is also possible to travel this way. There are platforms  that match people who are looking for free crew on their sailing boats with travellers. I once met British people who had travelled all the way to Peru this way, and were planning to continue to Australia!

Read more
Your exchange packing list

Your exchange packing list

As the summer vacation is approaching, so are many volunteering projects and internships. But what to pack on such a new exciting experience? Even if you have been abroad many times and are an expert in packing, there are sure to be moments when you miss a thing or two. To help you have the best preparation for your project, or any other vacation, we made a special AIESEC exchange packing list!

Inspired, empowered and ready for change: The story of four young leaders in the contemporary world

Inspired, empowered and ready for change: The story of four young leaders in the contemporary world

When we talk about young leaders, people quickly think of Greta Thunberg or Mark Zuckerberg, due to their media attention or Greta’s well-known, activist speeches on climate change. But more quietly, the world is packed with young, inspirational leaders, trying to create a more stable, sustainable and inclusive world for future generations, minority groups or the society they are part of.

Discovering culture in Morocco: An exchange to Marrakech

Discovering culture in Morocco: An exchange to Marrakech

When I decided to participate in the Nour project of AIESEC, I felt like I did something impulsive yet brave. I never went abroad on my own before. I always had people I could depend on like friends and family. This time I wanted to challenge myself by doing this project on my own, and I wanted to discover and embrace another culture.

3 Inspiring TED talks on inequality

3 Inspiring TED talks on inequality

We’ve pulled together some inspiring TED talks for you to watch about inequality. The speakers in these videos describe their view on inequality and what the world needs in order to change this. Let these people inspire you, to create new ways of thinking about inequality and the road to changing this.

4 Tips to make your CV stand out

4 Tips to make your CV stand out

On average, recruiters spend 5 to 7 seconds screening a CV before deciding whether to continue with the applicant or not. It equals the average time that we spend looking at an Instagram post on our feed. So, here are some tips that can help your CV stand out in a large pool of applicants.

My AIESEC volunteering project in Italy

My AIESEC volunteering project in Italy

In January 2020 I participated in an AIESEC Project on environment and sustainability in Castellana Grotte, Italy. I was lucky to stay six weeks in one of the most beautiful small villages I have been to. My work was about teaching the kids in the local Highschool on the UN SDGs and sustainability. My fellow AIESEC students were so kind to pick me up in Bari. They made sure I was safe and showed me how to travel to my destination.

Handling stress of working from home

Handling stress of working from home

Many people regard working from home as an overall goal for their work-life balance. They work with the help of evolving technologies such as Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, Slack, Google Hangouts and cloud computing. Recently, the work from home job force has gotten a push by the current global coronavirus pandemic.

Interested?

Take the first step.

Book a free consultation call in one of our cities to explore your opportunities!