Last summer Mette and her friend grabbed their bikes, packed their baggage and started their travel to Paris by bike. A common traveller of today might have wanted to ask the girls why they didn’t just take the plane direct to Paris. The answer of that question is that Mette didn’t even consider it: “I thought it was strange to fly to Paris, when there were so many places in-between Denmark and Paris that I had never seen before”. That mind-set is a really good answer on how we as global citizens become more sustainable travellers. And that should be the way of thinking of the common traveller of tomorrow.What is your name, how old are you and what is your occupation?
My name is Mette Studnitz Jørgensen, I am 22 og I am taking a gapyear. I am currently working at a café.Where did you travel to and how?
My friend and I biked from Bjerringbro to Hamburg, through Deutschland, to Amsterdam, to Antwerpen, Bruxelles and then to Paris. We used our own bikes, which was nothing special. We carried our bagage in bags on our bike.What inspired you to travel sustainably?
I thought it was strange to fly to Paris, when there were so many places in-between Denmark and Paris that I had never seen before. It was nice not having to dependent on any flight, prices and so on. We decided every minute where we would go and for how long.Did you consider the fact that you traveled eco-friendly?
Yes I did, and it felt good. It was also eco-friendly for me, because I spent almost 1,5 month outside. It was nice going to bed and wake up by the light of the sun every day.What were the challenges of traveling this way?
It was not that challenging. You don’t need to be in shape, have a fancy bike or anything else. You can decide your own pace and time. However, I don’t think it would be that nice in the wintertime.Did you make any compromises on your trip?
Not at all, I think! We packed lightly, but I do that anyway when I fly due to the extra costs for the baggage. The parts of the trip that were most challenging were also the parts that made the trip absolutely amazing: Finding a new place to get food every day, finding a new place to sleep every day. Actually, the parts that seemed challenging were almost the best parts!What have you learned from the travel?
I have learned that the easy choice is not necessarily the best choice. We decided to travel in a more “challenging” way, but when thinking back on the trip, I don’t remember the challenging parts. The things that we had to do every day because we only had our bikes and ourselves were some of the things that made the trip so good.Did this trip inspire you to continue travelling sustainably?
Sure, yes.Did you consider the fact of being a sustainable tourist?
Yes, I think you have to consider that!What is your best advice for other people that consider traveling sustainably?
My best advice is that if you think it is too hard or challenging, you should try it! It is only about taking your time and figuring it out that is important.