Flygskam The Movement that's Making People Swap Planes for Trains

The Scandinavian term has been seen trending high on travel vocabulary lists. Will flygskam change the way the world travels
The flygskam movement is taking over social media platforms
The flygskam movement is taking over social media platforms

After hygge, there's a new Scandinavian word that's becoming popular in travel circles. People can be heard swapping the term &lsquojet lagged&rsquo with the Swedish word &lsquoflygskam&rsquo. The literal translation of this Swedish word is 'flight shame'. This can be better described as the uneasy thought arising from the awareness that air travel is not climate-friendly. Hence the use of this phrase might be treated as more &lsquowoke&rsquo than simply &lsquocool&rsquo. 

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This anti-flying movement is picking up pace owing to social media and a few important youth influencers. For instance, you must have read about environmental activist Greta Thunberg and her boycotting air travel. She took a 32-hour train ride to the World Economic Forum in Davos, while the other leaders attending the same climate summit arrived in private jets.

Another like-minded influencer is Bjorn Ferry, an Olympic biathlete, who has replaced air travel and given in to the charm of overnight trains. 

A BBC report mentions Roger Tyers, a climate sociologist who took a &ldquono-flying fieldtrip&rdquo to China. He spent two weeks by train each way. It might sound like a daunting expedition, but he is glowing about his train trip, says the report. &ldquoIt was a fascinating journey,&rdquo he says. &ldquoI&rsquove seen some incredible things that you just wouldn&rsquot see getting on a plane.&rdquo He lists a slew of other advantages digital detox, reading, talking to different people, no jetlag. &ldquoAnd just appreciating the size of our planet and how diverse it is.&rdquo

A large &lsquoflight shame&rsquo movement comprising young influencers and travellers is brewing. This entire debate of &lsquoon the wheels&rsquo versus &lsquoin the air&rsquo has coined another term &lsquotagskryt&rsquo, which stands for &lsquotrain bagging&rsquo. Several people have started sharing stories about their train journeys. Some have even been insisting on a frequent flyers levy to discourage air travel.

Next time you are on Facebook, check out the groups where people share about their travel chronicles via trains. The idea of 'train bragging' is aimed at enjoying the journey and embracing it as a part of travelling to another destination, not merely landing in some other airport. 

Some might think it is a little easy for Europeans to pledge to a no-fly resolution due to the excellent train network, others propose that the notion of &lsquoflygskam&rsquo will bring us closer to the concept of travelling and enrich our touring experiences. Many in Europe have responded with a massive decrease in flights as their choice of travel as the amount of carbon emissions contributed by airplanes is harmful for the environment. 

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