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Air travel is one of the most common choices of travel across the world, especially when it comes to linking continents. Yet the aviation industry is one of the worst carbon polluters in the world.  http://www.atag.org/facts-and-figures.html

So what other ways can you travel the world, whilst also being eco conscious? When it comes to intercontinental travel, the choice is an easy one. Instead of paying for budget airlines to fly you short distances, how about considering traditional land travel to lower your carbon emissions?

There are great options to choose from train and bus travel to car-sharing and it is also a great way to see more of the country and to meet the locals when you stop off in little towns.  Many countries have great rail pass options to travel on one ticket to various destinations. Europe is also very well known for its inter-country rail pass, where you purchase a ticket with unlimited travel within a certain time frame.

There is also another option which is becoming increasingly more common and that is to have a cycling or walking holiday.  The mode of travel is simple, you simply use your own energy to walk or cycle to your next destination. This is such a great way to gain a unique view of a country, and the best part is you are not limited to transport routes or even roads and it also very cost effective.

A more traditional option for those travelling from continent to continent is sailing. For many people booking onto a cruise ship or purchasing a boat may be a little out of their budget or taste.  But there are many other options for travelling the high seas. If you fancy learning how to sail, there are plenty of boats looking for crew, and prepared to take on complete novices. There are many different arrangements with joining a crew, some will provide you with food and passage in return for your services and some will even pay you a wage. If sailing seems like a terrifying option, then another lesser known option is to book a passage on a cargo ship. Most cargo lines have spare rooms that they rent out to paying guests who jump on board and sail from port to port. This is a slow journey option and can take months if you are on a long haul voyage. You will also need to book well in advance as the more popular routes often fill up fast. The cost can sometimes be higher than flying, but you are fed by the on-board chef and have access to the majority of the ship and can hang out with the crew and learn more about life at sea.  Also if you choose a shipping line where the main language spoken is not English, you can also pick up new language skills.

There are so many different options when it comes to lowering your carbon emissions when travelling, you really are just limited to your imagination.

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