Fuck! I knew there is a downside to traveling. I just calculated my CO2-Footprint for the last eleven months – and it’s not looking good. I flew a lot, that is the biggest problem. All my flights – from Germany to New Zealand, Asia, to the US and Latin America – sum up to roughly 10t of CO2! That’s more than the average person in Europe produces in a year. Furthermore, I owned a car and drove around NZ with it, completely leaving aside the fact that I was alive, which also adds to my footprint. Grande merde. Since I’m a nomad right now, I asked myself the following question: what can you actually do to decrease the size of your footprint while traveling?
Traveling great distances by plane was my number one flaw. Now I take the train, ride a bike or walk. Use public transport as often as possible. Just don’t take as many flights. Also the distance you travel matters. It will still reduce your overall footprint if you travel greater distances in one stint.
I ate lots of meat in Mexico – it was delicious. But diets heavy in beef and lamb heavy increase your footprint as well. Cows and sheep emit large amounts of methane, a global warming gas. You don’t have to go vegan, but even a simple cut in beef consumption will significantly benefit Mother Earth. So when we entered Guatemala, I decided to eliminate meat from my diet.