A family from the UK spent four months travelling 10,000 miles to get to their relative's wedding

By TravelWiseJan 1, 2024 09:33 AMNews
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Shannon Coggins, Theo Simon and their daughter Rosa
Shannon Coggins, Theo Simon and their daughter Rosa. Source: Freepik

The family spent four months travelling 10,000 miles overland to get married, all in an effort to minimize their carbon footprint.

Shannon Coggins, Theo Simon, and their daughter Rosa have finally arrived in Australia after an epic adventure that began in August, the Mirror reports.

The eco-conscious trio's journey began at Castle Cary train station in Somerset and ended in Sydney just before their sister Shannon's wedding on December 28. Along the way, they travelled through Europe, Kazakhstan, China, Laos, Thailand, and Indonesia and reached Dili, East Timor, without a flight. However, they had to fly 300 miles because there was no boat service connecting East Timor to Australia's Northern Territory.

A family from the UK spent four months travelling 10,000 miles to get to their relative's wedding
The path the family has travelled. Source: Mirror

A flight from the UK to Australia produces approximately 3.5 tons of CO2 per economy-class passenger. The family calculated that their trip, by contrast, resulted in 0.9 tons of CO2 emissions per person. They spent years of savings on a trip that cost them much more than airfare.

In August, Shannon quit her job as a school administrator and Theo left his position at a sporting goods factory.

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