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Savouring Time to Save Earth

by Joshua Sailo

by Victoria Rainbolt

Abhisarika Das

Posted on 28 April 2016

What is one fairly easy and doable way of reducing our carbon footprint?

Slow Travel—it means avoiding taking flights whenever a train can be a substitute. The slowest route is usually the most economical.

For vacations, traveling on train can be especially more rewarding. It tends to be more scenic than a flight because one gets to marvel at the landscape better. It is a testament to the fact that it is possible to enjoy the journey as much as (if not more than) the destination.

Ed Gillespie is a Guru in this regard. He runs the blog www.lowcarbontravel.com. Following are his highly rated train journeys:

Vienna to Graz, Austria—Semmeringbahn

It covers the beautiful Alpine scenery by crossing numerous bridges, viaducts, and incredible tunnels.

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Circum Baikal Railway, Siberia

This Casablanca of slow travel takes you through rugged cliffs, crays, and then tunnels over lake Baikal. It is magical during the extreme hot and cold. Either you enjoy the scenic landscape covered with a sheet of ice during winter, or you get to see into the clear blue waters during the summer.

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Trans-Siberian Railway, Moscow

Gillespie calls this “the daddy of slow travel” because it is the longest continuous railway trip on the planet, taking you across Russia to China. It gives you a chance to experience the landscape filled with Birch trees while feasting on the culinary delights of the Babushkas.

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