After four months of travel, a family that no longer takes flights owing to climate change has arrived for a relative’s wedding in Australia.
Theo Simon, Shannon Coggins, and their 19-year-old daughter Rosa traveled 10,000 miles (16,000 km) in numerous vehicles.
On August 16th, they departed their Somerset home to attend the event in Sydney on December 28th.
However, their alternatives for transportation to South East Asia ran out, so they had to take a quick flight.
“It really was tough, having to get on a plane after all we had achieved without one,” Rosa wrote on the family blog.
She did, however, add that she hoped she had demonstrated to others “that so much is possible without hopping on a plane” and that using one “makes you miss the world that makes up the spaces in between.”
“It takes away from what an amazing thing it is to be able to travel halfway across the world and see what an incredible, diverse and endlessly interesting planet we live on.”
In 2002, the family made the decision to give up flying “due to its impact on the climate.”
“We stopped flying a long time ago because of our own carbon footprint, which we looked at and thought we can’t justify it anymore,” stated Mr. Simon of East Pennard.
However, when Sydney-based Ms. Coggins’ sister announced she was getting married, the family began organizing their non-airplane travel.
After passing via China, Kazakhstan, Laos, Thailand, and Indonesia, they flew from Dili, the capital of East Timor, across the Timor Sea to Darwin, Australia.
“The travel was a thing in itself,” stated Mr. Simon. It was a wonderful encounter.
“We wanted to do it with our daughter in her gap year – see the world.”
According to the family, their travel has consumed five times less carbon than if they had taken a plane.
Mrs. Coggins remarked that the trip there was “a fantastic way to meet people and see the world” and that the wedding “was so beautiful”.
We’ve been very close since our mother passed away when we were little, so it was crucial that we come here.
“So I’m flipping glad we did.”
Both Ms. Coggins and Mr. Simon quit their jobs to travel with their daughter, claiming that it took a “monumental amount” of preparation.
They stated that no matter what country they were in, people would always come up to assist them and that they had learned how to say “thank you” and “sorry” in every language.