Last Travel Trip Tuesday drew out some feisty albeit informed comments on ALOR. One, in particular, made me question my ethics as a travel writer. A travel writer’s dilemma if you will.
Am I crushing the world I aspire to see under my giant carbon footprint?
“I also often wonder how average travel bloggers justify their bragging lists from the environmental point of view. I see, on front pages of blogs, statement like “28 countries, 4 continents in 1 year”. What about the carbon pollution caused by all your cheap flights from one continent to the other?” — Juergen, Dare2Go
Ouch right! Am I the “average travel blogger” in question? Is writing about cheap flights a horrible idea?
Travel Tip Tuesday
To be fair, Juergen made good points. Carbon footprint and sustainable travel are topics not covered on ALOR. Should they be?
Suddenly, I found myself questioning future posts on finding affordable airfare.
Then, I thought of two things that enabled me to one, sleep and two, write next week’s Travel Tip Tuesday.
First, it’s not always about me. There’s a pretty decent chance Juergen’s comment was a collection of observations. I merely provided an article and an opportunity to voice an opinion.
Note to self, stop being too sensitive.
Second and more importantly, the majority of ALOR readers live in America.
Finding Cheap Airfare to Europe
Since Google auto-fills “Finding Cheap Airfare” with “Finding Cheap Airfare to Europe” it’s safe to say, Americans are actively looking for affordable airfare to Europe. Trouble is, it’s hard to find.
Most American families, like the one I grew up in, save for one really great vacation a year. High airfares often mean, those trips are somewhere between our two coasts, Mexico and Canada.
So although Juergen’s comments gave me pause, I have decided to still share tips on finding cheap airfare to Europe next week.
As a travel writer, I believe travel is the best way to open minds and hearts to cultural differences. If the gateway to an open mind starts with Europe, then let’s go there.
Sustainable travel is not likely to be a focus on ALOR. The majority of ALOR readers are dreaming about traveling a lot more frequently than they get to do it.
However, thanks to Juergen from Dare2Go sustainable travel will at least be a concept this frequent traveler will be more mindful of. I’ve started my research and already learned a great deal.
- How to Become a Sustainable Traveler
- 40 Green Travel Tips
- IATA Carbon Offset Program
- Sustainable Travel Making the Right Choice
Fellow travel writers, your comments, advice, and posts are welcome here. If you have written about sustainable travel, please comment in the section below with a link to your post or send us an email at TheArtofLivingOntheRoad@gmail.com.
Travel Tip Tuesday
As travelers in constant motion, we’ve learned to pack light, be prepared and on occasion MacGyver through things.
Travel Tip Tuesday is our way of sharing tricks we learned along the way, as quick tips.
- Secret to Packing Light: Products
- Jump Start Your Own Car
- 11 Reasons to Pack Electrical Tape
- Smart Travel Enrollment Program
Travel safe, fill your eyes and share your stories.