CONFESSIONS OF A TRAVEL ADDICT….

Posted on Feb 17 in: Travel - 11 Comments »

MY PERSONAL AIRPLANE POLICY INCLUDE SEVERAL POINTS: FIRST, I DO NOT FLY WITHIN NORWAY. SECONDLY, I TRY TO USE OTHER MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION WHEN POSSIBLE. THIRD, IF I FLY, IT SHOULD BE WITH THE PURPOSE OF STAYING FOR A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME… WELL, NOBODY IS PERFECT, AND I’M DEFINITELY NOT NOBODY!

So when my dad a few weeks back offered me a ticket to Iceland for a five day long family holiday, I went against all my principles and accepted the ticket, and unfortunately I can’t gurantee that I’ll never catch a flight to Iceland again – beacause I really would love to go back some day.

Friday the 5th of february I sat in the plane at Gardermoen waiting for take off, with all these mixed feelings.. Struggling with the fact that my short little holiday the next few days would lead to more emmisions of CO2 than the emmisons of an average person in Malawi througout a whole year, well aware of the fact that it is the people in poor countries like Malawi that will be worst affected by the effects of climate change, like shortages of food and water and increased risk of flooding.

At the same time I was so excited about soon being able to cross out another country on my have-been-there-list. I could not wait to see Iceland; Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon, the hot springs and so on. I felt very lucky to have this possibility to experience Iceland in such an inexpensive way, my dad paid for the flight and I could stay for free with my sister.

I tried to convince myself that this opportunity was too good to decline for a “poor” student, and that it is not easy to travel to Iceland without flying, and of course the people of Iceland need tourists to come now during this economic crisis they are experiencing… Still, I felt bad.

My name is Ann Kristin, and I am a travel addict. Probably an over the average environmentally conscious  travel addict. Which means I often find myself having moral dilemmas. My way of dealing with this, in addition to having a strict airplane policy and trying to follow it, is to buy climate tickets when I choose to fly.

Oslo-Reykjavik-Oslo is 3564 km, which means emmisions of 0,728 tons of CO2, which again costs 150 NOK. The money are used to reduce this amount of CO2 through climate projects in developing countries. The way I see it, if we can afford going on holiday we can afford a climate ticket too. If you fly a lot in your job I suggest that you try to convince your boss/organisation/company to start buying climate tickets.

Around four pm the 5th of february I landed at Keflavik airport in Iceland,  and my days there were really great. My sister is in Reykjavik for five weeks because of her studies, so the whole family (me, my dad, mum, brother, his girlfriend and my sister’s children) visited her. Only an hour after I arrived in Iceland I was swimming around in the extremely enoyable Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a expensive and very touristy thing to do, still; it is totally worth it. Specially at this time of the year. The cold weather and the so hot water is a very nice combination. We were also very lucky with the weather – blue sky. So it was so nice when it got dark, with all the lights around the pool.

Saturday we spent in Reykjavik, a city I really liked. Located down by the sea with the beautiful view of  snow covered mountains. On Sunday we went on a roadtrip/sightseeing. First we went to see the geyser Stokkur, which was very impressive. The waterfall Gullfoss was also beautiful and impressive. At the end of the trip we visited the nice place Thingvellir. It was a great day, driving through the more or less deserted landscape inhabited by the very beautiful icelandic horses.

Monday, we again spent the day in Reykjavik. A lovely day, that included a lot of walking around town and a very tasty vegetarian lunch. If you go to Reykjavik, I highly recommend you having a meal (or more) in the vegetarian reataurant A næstu grösum in Laugavegur 20b. A last tip from me today is to eat a lot of the great product skyr. That was a nice new product in the supermarkets here in Norway when I got back from Ghana, and in Iceland it is cheaper, better, more flavours to choose from and available everywhere. In summary, Iceland is great! (To see a few pictures from our trip visit my brother’s blog here).

Well, I have to find my position in front of the tv again, the Olympics in Vancouver is calling me… :P

NEXT TIME YOU ARE TRAVELING, BE CONSCIOUS ABOUT THE CHOICES YOU MAKE. IF YOU CHOOSE TO FLY, REMEMBER YOUR CLIMATE TICKET!

Which you can purchase here:

Mitt klima (in norwegian)

My climate (in english)

11 Responses to “CONFESSIONS OF A TRAVEL ADDICT….”

  1. Ruth Wenche Says:

    Så kjekt med oppdatert innlegg frå deg igjen då:) Du er jo så flink til å skrive! Island høyrtes bra ut!
    Kom på besøk til Stavanger snart då! :) Klem!

  2. Ann Kristin Says:

    Og so kjekt med kommentar frå deg!:)
    Ha veldig lyst på Stavangertur ja!! Men kan diverre ikkje bli før etter påske ser da ut so . Men me sjåast vel iallfall i Sogndal neste helg? :D

  3. Deniz Says:

    Quite an impressive travel essay I have read for a long while, with a really meaningful theme. Congragulations Ann Kristin. I didn’t notice you had this skill before. Carry on with such stuff…

  4. Desmond Says:

    Din englesk er meget bra! :)
    Nice to read your writing again. Although I must admit, even though we should all be more environmentally conscious, I don’t think I can cut down much on taking flights right now…

  5. Gry Says:

    Hei hei!
    Så du har vore på Island, så kjekt då:)
    Håpar alt står bra til, snakkast snart i Sogndal!
    Klem

  6. Joao Miguel Says:

    As I bought a motorcycle I now have my car stopped in the garage for 22 days a month.
    In such way I am already substancially reduncing my CO2 footprint.

    So, can I keep on travelling by plane? Can why? Please ;)

  7. Ann Kristin Says:

    Haha… That’s good Joao Miguel! But we can always do better. Since you ask in such a nice way I’ll allow you to travel by plane once a year if you buy a climate ticket ;)

  8. Joao Miguel Says:

    Ann, do you allow me to take a 2nd plane trip if it has the intention to visit you in Norway? :)
    I will buy the climate ticket ;)

  9. Joao Miguel Says:

    Ann, I see you found a way (even if it is not very ecological) to stop us from flying, a volcano in Iceland !!!! :)

  10. Ann Kristin Says:

    Haha.. I admit that it wasn’t the best idea I’ve had.. :P

  11. Joao Miguel Says:

    Hi Ann.
    I am planning to travel in Vietname and/or Thailand and/or Laos during August for 2 or 3 weeks.
    Do you want to come with me?
    If you are interested please write to my personal e-mail.

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