Since I immigrated to the UK twelve years ago I’ve only been home twice, so it’s not something we do often – but we can’t say we’ll never fly again. We can continue to reduce how often we fly, but in the case of a family emergency there are virtually no alternatives.
So when we made our commitment towards a low-carbon lifestyle, we couldn’t say we’d never fly...but there were things we could say. We decided we could commit to making no domestic flights. It was a fairly easy commitment to make, as it's not something we did in the first place.
I should have realised our convictions would soon be tested. Last month Emma’s Diary arranged a bloggers event to be held outside London. At first I thought it would be a same day trip, which would be tiring but manageable. But when I realised the event was starting a 10am we hit the first problem - I simply couldn’t get there in time. I could go down the night before, but my health make it difficult to take luggage, much less the special bedding I need if I’m going to sleep. It was kindly suggested that I could fly down, thus making it there and back the same day.
I’ll admit I was sorely tempted, getting on a plane immediately brings a sense of adventure to any trip! Plus it would save me plenty of pain, frustration and money...but my conscious wouldn’t let me. We’d made such a small commitment to not flying that to use excuses and justifications to break it would make a mockery of our pledge.
So this Thursday I took the train down instead. The journey there was pretty good. I tried to pack as lightly as possible and ended up leaving the netbook at home - which was a brilliant choice, as I'd forgotten I'd be coming home with a few things to try! I asked the hotel for an extra duvet, which helped me get a few hours of sleep (I'm something like the Princess & the Pea; so even after taking pain killers to get to sleep I was wide awake at 4:30am, 6:30am, and I eventually gave up at 7:30am).
On the other hand the journey back home was quite hard, I had to wait longer between trains and it was quite cold. The combination of poor sleep, aching joints, a long day and delayed trains meant I was quite cranky for the last hour - and my bed had never looked so good!
Yesterday I spent most of the day in bed recovering and it may take a few more to get back to normal, but that's at least a cost I can afford. Despite the extra hassle, I'm quite glad I kept my commitment to avoiding domestic flights.
Hopefully I'll be writing about the Emma's Diary Meet & Greet itself soon, once I've caught up on sleep!
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