Our family friend David Smith recently caught up with UpNAround while we were in his backyard picking hops, and we took the opportunity to interview him about his climate-inspired choice to Greyhound rather than fly to Toronto and back.
I’m really interested in the fact that you bused across the country, I think that’s a rad thing.
Would you recommend it to others?
Did you have any reservations having gone there about making the trip back?
You probably know that after you made the decision to do the trip – right after you hopped on a bus – my mom made a snap decision to drive across the country rather than fly. Can you comment on the nature of that, that by doing something like this suddenly other people are inspired to do it?
Does method of travel make a significant difference to your carbon footprint? The Union of Concerned Scientists have put out a guide called Getting There Greener. I learned that a family vacation commonly produces more CO2 than their yearly commute, and that taking a Greyhound can reduce your travel footprint by 55-75%. Check it out: http://www.ucsusa.org/sites/default/files/legacy/assets/documents/clean_vehicles/greentravel_report.pdf
Its also worth mentioning that bus trips can be a ton of fun.
Stories from the trip