Stories

What makes people decide to take a flight free year? What is it like to be flight free? Here you can read stories of people who have signed up for the Flight Free 2021 campaign.

Do you want to share your story? By showing that you are prepared to take a flight free year, more people will follow. We would like to publish stories from people from all over the world to include as many perspectives as possible. Read our guidelines for stories here.

Börje, Norway
Börje, Norway
In 2007 we migrated from Sweden to Norway, after struggling financially when our honeybees died. I had also developed problems with my back. I worked as an agricultural advisor in ... Read More
Anne, Spain
Anne, Spain
I haven’t flown for approximately fifteen years due to an increasingly uncomfortable claustrophobia on flights. This culminated in my actually getting off a flight from Malaga to London when I ... Read More
Livy, UK
Livy, UK
One of my mum’s favourite books is Cider with Rosie. I remember her telling me about a couple from the book who lived their whole lives in one village, perfectly ... Read More
Catarina, Sweden
Catarina, Sweden
I will be flight free 2021 as I have been for many years now (with the exception of a funeral of a family member combined with attending and speaking at ... Read More
Antoine, Caroline and Tristan, France
Antoine, Caroline and Tristan, France
In 2021, we – Caroline, Tristan and Antoine – will be flight-free. For the past year and a half we have been leading a project about how to reduce and ... Read More
Olle, Sweden
Olle, Sweden
I do not fly because I want my children and grandchildren to have a chance to see a white Christmas. Unfortunately, this will not be possible if we humans continue ... Read More
Lara, UK
Lara, UK
Hi, My name is Lara and I am 14 years old. I decided to sign the flight free pledge because I think it is important that we work flying out ... Read More
Sara, Sweden
Sara, Sweden
My name is Sara Johansson and I am 44 years old. I have been flight free since May 2015 and will not fly again until there is a sustainable way ... Read More
Jean-François, Belgium
Jean-François, Belgium
In 2021, I will be flight-free… as I have been for the past 15 years.I will not only be flight-free for my personal travel, but also for the various journeys ... Read More
Martin, Sweden
Martin, Sweden
Last time I took a flight was with work in 2017. We had driven on the autobahn for five hours through road construction and traffic jams just to miss the ... Read More
Sunita, UK
Sunita, UK
I love to travel. I understand the joy and experiences gleaned from travelling far and wide, but knowing the devastating impact of flying on the environment is more than enough ... Read More
Dan, USA
Dan, USA
I calculated my carbon footprint in 2019 and found that 85% of my footprint came from flying. That sealed the deal. October 6, 2019 was the last time I flew ... Read More
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Siân, UK
I am lucky that this is quite an easy one for me. In the 1970s, while train travel was still the default way of travelling in Europe, I read quite ... Read More
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Elisabeth, Greece
I have pledged to stay flight free in 2021 out of respect for the environment. I started living a flight free life in 2019 and although I have missed traveling, ... Read More
Katherine, USA
Katherine, USA
Considering the urgency of the climate crisis and the necessity to halt carbon emissions immediately for the sake of safeguarding biodiversity and our ecosystems, there is no need (or time) ... Read More
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Jonas, Slovenia
I pledge to be flight free for as long as the climate needs. Many people say that this is quite radical. For me it was the most pragmatic choice, once ... Read More
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Ida, Sweden
After I graduated I wanted to travel. However, I had just begun to understand the severity of the climate crisis and soon realised that I had to drop the idea ... Read More
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Gope, UK
I’ve always been conscious of climate issues but it wasn't until I saw Flight Free UK on BBC Breakfast in August 2019 that I realised the huge environmental impact of ... Read More
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Marcus, Sweden
For me, it is important to do what I can for the climate. For the future and in the present. I choose not to fly as it affects our world ... Read More
Josh, USA
Josh, USA
I pledge not flying in 2021 because not flying in 2020 made it far better than it would have been, just like 2019, 2018, 2017, and most of 2016, when ... Read More
Armelle, UK
Armelle, UK
I am taking the flight free pledge, and I won’t be flying at all in 2021. I like to think that my sustainability story started in a very dull and ... Read More
Daniel, UK
Daniel, UK
Growing up with a geography teacher for a dad, I was fortunate enough to do a lot of travelling as a child and I'm grateful for those experiences, even though ... Read More
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Rikard, Sweden
My name is Rikard Wärdig. I've been flight free since 2013 and will never fly again, neither privately nor for work. I therefore choose to join the campaign Flight Free ... Read More
Nathalie, Canada
Nathalie, Canada
For me, it all started 13 years ago, when I chose to take the train home from British Columbia to Montreal instead of flying. At the time, it wasn’t a ... Read More