Hitchhiking on Sailboats is the New Green Initiative
It is evident that the green movement is in full swing of late as more and more people are embracing environmentally friendly practices in their personal lives. Even businesses are getting in on the action with more and more corporations introducing and implementing environmental initiatives in their day to day operations. Indeed, with awareness comes responsibility, and the main message that all environmental activists share is a simple one: it starts with the individual.
Such is the message that intrepid traveler Charlotte Jones has taken to heart in one of her most exciting adventures to date. Charlotte, a staunch nature lover and environmental activist, had already adopted green practices to her daily life. She had been growing her own food and patronizing organic and sustainable products for a while now. She had even given up her car, choosing to use public transport to get around. She also participates in green campaigns.
In 2008, wanting to visit her grandparents in her mother’s native Bermuda, she started considering the potentially damaging impact of air travel on the environment. Although the aviation industry is adamant that airplanes only account for between 1.5 and 2 percent of CO2 emissions globally, this is actually just the tip of the iceberg. This does not take into account other outputs like water vapor, soot, and nitrous oxide. Taking these into account, air travel actually accounts for between 13 and 15 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United Kingdom alone.
“I was trying to live as sustainably as possible in every other way—I wasn’t driving and was growing my own food it was a pleasure. But not being able to fly was difficult because of my grandparents living in a completely inaccessible place,” Charlotte explained.
Indeed, Charlotte was right to think that there is cause for concern. She then made the research on alternative travel options, which was how she discovered that hitchhiking on sailboats was actually a feasible idea. In a nutshell, this allows people to travel with ships from port to port as volunteer crew members.
The first time she Charlotte did it in 2008, she managed to sail from the UK to Bermuda on five different boats. The entire journey took seven months. There were brief stops in Portugal and the Canary Islands, as well as a crossing down the African coast which took four weeks before making the turn onwards to the British Virgin Islands.
In her most recent trip last year, however, the British Virgin Islands was still recovering from a recent hurricane. Unfortunately, there was not a lot of sailing to and from the area. The plan was to get off and look for another boat but this time she had to fly the last bit because of the damage from the hurricanes. There wasn’t enough of sailing going on.
To many, it does seem like sailing across the Atlantic is a tall order—especially when one is hitchhiking on strange boats with no set schedule. Hitchhiking on sailboats is truly not for everyone, to say the least. However, Charlotte is of the opinion that if you really want adventure, you do not need much experience because you learn as you go along.
“Once you get to know some of the routes that the yachts go, you find boats going to wherever you want to go. There are tricky sides—you don’t always necessarily get on with everyone but you learn a lot along the way. It sounds a bit cheesy but it does give you lots of faith in humanity—the number of people I put my life into their hands,” Charlotte shared.
A growing movement
Charlotte is not the only one who has chosen to sail instead of flying to destinations for environmental reasons. As a matter of fact, it is already a growing movement among the environmentally conscious. One such organization that is set to “radically changing the way people travel” is VoyageVert. As a sustainable alternative to flight, the organization plans to offer transatlantic sailing via ferry with the use of a cutting-edge catamaran that is powered by wind and renewable energy sources by 2020.
Indeed, slow travel for the sake of the environment is a growing revolution. With people becoming increasingly environmentally conscious and showing genuine care for the earth’s welfare, it is an idea that is bound to take off.
More in Luxury & Life Style
How Actor Ashton Kutcher Found Success Through His Investments
When actor Ashton Kutcher was brought in as a guest ‘shark’ on the TV show, Shark Tank, many viewers were confused. ...January 24, 2019
Americans Have Taken a Record-Breaking number of Personal Loans in 2018
Private Debt has been burgeoning in 2018 and while some say that credit is spinning out of control, there are different...January 23, 2019
The Way The Rich Look at Wealth is Very Different from How We Look at It
Steve Siebold, a self-made millionaire spent almost 26 years interviewing the richest people around the globe before noting them all down...January 22, 2019
You’d be Surprised how Crowdfunding and State Interventions are Tackling ‘Lunch Shaming’
Charity is in, for the holiday season, in 2018, sending clothes for the poor and donating food to soup kitchens, repaying...January 21, 2019
Celebs Who Made Amazing Property Investments
We don’t need to tell you that most of the Hollywood bigwigs are filthy rich. So rich, in fact, that they...January 18, 2019
The Ingenious Way a Freelancer Paid Off Her Huge Credit Card Debt
Nicole Hardy, 42 planned a year-long, round-the-world sailing trip, but her finance and debt payments were covered by the final installment of...January 17, 2019
Us Average Joes can only Dream of These Exclusive Luxuries Reserved for the Rich
The unfortunate plebeians rarely experience luxuries reserved only for the fabulously wealthy people, though social media channels help to keep tabs...January 16, 2019
How the Rich will Survive Climate Change Disasters (While We May Not!)
Two major fires raged through California on November 8, 2018, and continued to burn for a fortnight. The Butte County Camp...January 15, 2019
Crowdfunding is Becoming Popular by the Day and It’s Here to Stay
Crowdfunding has its critics, and may not work for everyone, and yet it is a popular, legitimate and an efficient way...January 14, 2019