You can plan a great holiday and keep your feet on the ground. This page celebrates all different types of holidays that people can take without getting into a carbon belching aeroplane.

We all love our holidays – we plan, save and look forward to them all year. But planes release carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the Earth's atmosphere, contributing to global warming and ocean acidification. So our flights will end up damaging the lovely places we want to visit. Globally, about 8.3 million people fly every day – double the number from only 15 years ago.

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A round trip to Barcelona for one person produces half a tonne of carbon dioxide and a trip to Florida produces a whopping 4.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide, about half the average carbon footprint of a UK citizen. So swapping even one holiday to a location closer to home makes a difference, and getting there by train or even car instead of plane makes even more difference.

At our "Fun without flying" event on 9 September 2014, 5 WinACC members shared shared their stories of travelling by trains, cars and buses in the UK and further afield, to France, Spain, Eastern Europe and even Beijing. 

If you have a great low carbon holiday story, let us know and we can share it here and inspire others. 

Here are some top tips about reducing your flight time. 

Here are some great advice about travelling to mainland Europe by rail from Winchester

Here is a worksheet which will help you plan how to reduce your travel overall

Click here to see photo reports on some epic holidays by train to Slovenia and the Hebrides

Click here for Low impact walking holidays and Family Eurorail holidays

Last year we visited our son in Moscow and had a short break in Tuscany.  Both travelling by train.  Europe is easy-peasy, Russia is more challenging because you need to apply for visas in person and well ahead of travel dates.  The Russian trains are somewhat older and slower but we managed to sleep on the Russian sleeper train.  Its also reasonably cheap to travel by train in Europe. Jon, Winchester