A Nomad's Carbon Footprint

Decreasing my carbon footprint as a digital nomad has been a lot on my mind over the last two years.

I don't own a car and I don't have to commute every day.

All I need during my travels fit in a bag.

My websites are powered by renewable energy.

I've reduced my consumption of meat. I eat what locals eat and in season.

I don't watch TV and I barely use my phone anymore.

Most of my electricity consumption comes from powering my laptop, heating, and air conditioning. I could eliminate the last two by migrating to the right countries according to the seasons as birds do. Southern Iberia during winter and Scandinavia during summer, for example.

I spent around $1000 on transportation costs this year, but it allowed me to save much more on housing and food. Plane tickets account for 90% of the sub-total. I took 8 flights. 8 too many.

One of my goals this year is to do less air traveling and more slow traveling. I can stay up to 3 months in any European country without a visa, so in theory, I should board at most four planes in one year. The only variable left to take into account is the housing market: I can be forced to move because of the local renting costs.

Electricity consumption and transportation represent 50% of the global sources of carbon emission. The next 20% comes from industry. I've already reduced my use of plastics but it's still far from enough.