As borders reopen, a growing number of people are questioning if their pre-pandemic travel habits are still sustainable. Kerry Sunderland speaks to three New Zealanders who’ve committed to avoid flying whenever possible.
My Canberra-based uncle and aunt recently sent word that they are heading to New Zealand for a holiday later this year and are keen to visit me during their stay in Nelson. They are 92 and 88, respectively. It’s amazing they’re still travelling at their age.
My initial response was to hope that I’ve got some of their “intrepid elderly travel” genes, but then I remembered: if I keep flying as if there’s no tomorrow, the planet probably won’t be habitable by the time I’m their age.