I stopped flying a while back – 2011, in fact. The decision was due in large part to my previous poor experiences while flying, as well as general concerns over safety and – of course – the environment. I have faced a number of challenges caused by me refusing to fly, although for the most part I have been able to overcome most of them through alternative means – bus travel for short domestic trips, rail travel for interstate and continental international travel, and boat travel for intercontinental trips. The funny thing is, not flying has allowed me to see things I would never have otherwise seen – the interior of the USA and Canada and some of the islands in the South Pacific (Polynesia and Melanesia), for example. So yes, although not flying can present the occasional challenge, so far the benefits seem to be outweighing the disadvantages. I think, therefore, that I’ll stick to non-flight modes of transportation from now on!