Airlines as Public Transportation

I just read a really interesting article titled “The Charmless Airport” http://www.canada.com/travel/charmless+airport/894724/story.html.

It was like an epiphany for me. The ‘jist’ of the article is that air travel is widely accessible to the masses (prices haven’t really increased dramatically), therefore it is a very public mode of transportation…similar to your city bus.

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If it has been a while since you rode your local public bus, remember back to those incidents that include body odour, a lack of personal space and some riders who use the ride to share their philosophy on things like city garbage collection or taxes.

I’ve been finding it difficult to enjoy the flights we have been on lately. I’m fidgety, there aren’t any cookies and my seat mates don’t seem to know how to ‘share’ an armrest.

I loved this article because it really called it like it is. Commercial air travel is not a luxury, it is a public mode of transportation which includes all of the unpleasantness that comes along with that.

So, the moral of the story for me is to lower my expectations and save up for the that trip to Maui on a Private Plane.

Eco-friendly Family Travel

Family travel with less of an impact on the environment? Travel with kids can be challenging enough, when I went looking for eco-friendly travel tips I had to make sure they were family-friendly too.

When considering your mode of transportation keep in mind that air travel leaves the biggest impact on the environment compared to that same trip by train, bus or car. If your destination requires a long haul flight, try to choose a flight that is direct. Take off and landing uses a considerable amount of fuel.  Not only will your baby have a chance to catch some zzzzz’s on a direct flight you won’t have to get on and off the plane mid flight.

Another option for travelers is purchasing Carbon Offset Credits against your flight. This system has been set up so that travelers can purchase emission reduction credits from a company that will then use that money to do things like planting trees and supporting renewable energy products (ex: wind power).  It won’t lessen the impact of the flight you just took but it is one method to try and reduce your environmental footprint…after all, isn’t Mother Nature a part of the family?

Visit www.davidsuzuki.org to read more eco-friendly actions you can take!