Exploratory flowchart

2008-02-07

in Geek stuff, Travel

Milan Ilnyckyj’s travels

This graphic summarizes the travel I have done since 2000, with blue arrowed lines for one way trips and black lines for return journeys. Lines with no mode of travel indicated are flights. The chart is not completely comprehensive (it excludes relatively minor trips) and it is somewhat simplified, but it gives a good overall sense.

I hope I am lucky enough to see a similar amount during the next eight years, in spite of air travel guilt.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous February 7, 2008 at 8:23 pm

That’s better than most people will ever do.

If you are worried about planes, stick to boats and trains from now on.

Milan February 7, 2008 at 10:48 pm

True enough, and I will try to stick to low emitting options.

The question is whether one should knowingly impose harm on strangers in order to satisfy a desire to see the world, or be constrained to do so only with slow means of transport largely incompatible with an ordinary working life.

Padraic February 8, 2008 at 9:54 am

That kind of chart is a great idea for showing travel – you could also add it onto a world map, with the boxes in relevant geographic places.

I too have done a lot of flying in the past 5 years and am worried about future travel plans and pollution. Do you buy offsets?

Milan February 8, 2008 at 10:23 am

Padraic,

I have been buying offsets lately, in the belief that at least some can produce offsetting GHG reductions additional to what would happen in a BAU case.

Emily Horn February 9, 2008 at 1:37 am

I think probably the answer that we don’t want to hear is that we are ethically constrained to slow transport. It’s not all bad though, I mean, you can’t jet over to Paris for a weekend, but you can certainly devote a few months to travelling around wherever you want to go.

If in Europe and around Asia, take a cruise ship out and travel the rest by train, and if North America, by train and bus. It’s a good excuse to get out of work for a while!

Emily Horn February 9, 2008 at 1:38 am

(perhaps with the disclaimer that since seeing family and good friends is an emotional necessity, you can save your airmiles and emissions to fly out to see them occasionally!)

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