Today, it is possible to travel non-stop from London to LA in just over 11 hours and circumnavigate the entire planet in less than two days. Many Europeans fly to other countries more than 2000km away for just a weekend and, as social media dominates much of our lives, we observe picture after picture of relaxing vacations in tropical destinations on the other side of the world. It seems ironic that so many committed to conscious eating habits do not hesitate to hop on a flight for leisure trips. So often we simply resign ourselves to habits where we are unaware of alternatives.
Travelling by plane to cover long distances in a short time, and using cars to move quickly between countries with deficient public transport infrastructure, seems to be the most convenient and often, the cheapest option. This said, these means of transport are far from sustainable, since they greatly increase our carbon footprint, especially when inefficiently making many trips in a few hours to save time to the final destination. According to data from the British Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and collected by the BBC, domestic flights are the most polluting method of travel, compared to those with lower environmental impact, such as long-distance buses and trains. As a result, ‘slow travel’ has risen as a trend among the more conscious and determined to protect our planet.