- By Do The Green Thing
- 9th May 2012
Indulge your sense of adventure, or stay at home and play with a train set. There's lots of ways you can stay grounded, and these are just a few of them.
If you’re reading this you probably think that trains rate somewhere between “great” and “is there anything in the world that is actually better”. Steaming along past fields of munching horses and gambolling lambs, you can sit back and relax and know that if you nod off for a minute or two, well that’s OK, someone else is driving. All you need to do is enjoy the ride. Maybe you agree, maybe you don’t, but at Do the Green Thing we think there’s nothing better than staying grounded!
There are lots of ways to keep your feet on the ground, so we’ve compiled our top ways to ease the strain (and only one of them is go by train…).
Stay on track
Ah, holidays! We spend all year working to go on one, spending months planning and dreaming about them, and months more reliving them by regaling friends and family with everything we did on them. So why do we waste our precious holiday time sitting in airport departure lounges, convincing people that we packed our own bags before climbing into a tube to eat unidentifiable, reheated food from foil trays, trying to forget how Lost started before we can actually get on and enjoy our holiday.
Choosing the train over the plane might mean you arrive a little later but the journey is all part of the fun (and the view is of more than just never-ending white). You can take the biggest size shampoo you can find and no one will bat an eyelid and the only person who can lose your luggage is you.
Stay at home
That said, you don’t even need to leave the country. Having a Staycation couldn’t be more fashionable right now and there are thousands of places right on your doorstep. Have you explored your own city like you’ve explored Rome? Have you discovered its secrets and wandered its streets with open eyes? Britain is packed with history and we bet you haven’t seen the half of it.
Skip the red-eye
Staying Grounded isn’t just about cho-cho-choosing the train. It’s about realising you don’t have to haul yourself somewhere else at all. Business meetings in Bangkok, conferences in Canada and problem solving in Papua New Guinea. You don’t need to be there. At least not in body. By telecommuting instead of physically attending 860,000 meetings last year, BT saved a whopping £238 million and a sizeable 93,000 tonnes of CO2. That’s like flying from London to New York and back more than 45,000 times.
Video conferencing is the travel-free, carbon-free, trousers-free option. As long as you’ve brushed your hair, you can stay in bed wearing just your pants, chatting to your boss in America and it wont cost you, your business, or the planet a thing. Just remember not to stand up and expose your Monday underwear to your CEO.
This post has been bought to you by Do The Green Thing, a non-profit that tackles climate change with creativity. We’ve teamed up with Loco2 to inspire people to lead a greener life by making green living smart, sexy, fashionable and fun. And if we’ve made you smile and perhaps made you think, well, we’ll just go have a nice cuppa because that is our job done for the day.