I am in Vladivostok since a week, exploring my way to South Korea, Japan or China. I checked boats, ferries, freights, buses, any possibilities that may have crossed my mind.
However, nothing was conclusive, yet.
Monday 6th, I went to the DBS desk in Vladivostok in order to book a seat for the next departure to South Korea, which should have been the day after. I checked on internet before and seats were available on the partner’s website (you can’t book on DBS website from Vladivostok). At the desk I was advised that next available booking would be not available before May the 5th. Leaving the office more than perplexe I saw the Eastern Dream sailing at port. What. Just. Happened ?
I was on shock. Yet, I needed to put Plan B into motion, and quite quickly !
Plan B basically constisted in looking for sailing boats, freights, any individuals going that way in the next coming weeks. I send emails, messages, get to port, try to meet people following the adivses of Boat Hitch Hiking. There was the Sakhaline road in option (the hard way) between North Russia and North Japan. My CouchSurfing host also talked to me about a bus to China, so I went ask for a visa.
Within days, I received all the answers.
Bad news are :
sea was frozen; my Chinese was denied because I am not a long term resident here but it could have been possible to ask in a big city such as Moscow – I am 7 days away from there and my Russian visa also comes to an end so not an option for me ; Sakhaline road was closed for the season.
The good news is :
it comfirms you can use any of those roads…
in summer time.
A long disucssion with myself after, I was left with two concrete options.
I always say the important part when making decisions is to be aware of the consequencies of your choices and non-choices. In this particular turns of event :
– taking a flight, breaking my policy, pledging the emergency case scenario
– being an illegale residents in Russia and waiting for May with no place to go.
I choosed the first option.
This decision torns me appart and prouved me on the same time the importance to advocate for alternatives to airplanes.
My flight will be tomorrow night. I will arrived in Seoul – after all – and will make my stay there worths the ~ 0.192 t of CO2.
May my little mésaventure could help people come up with more solutions.
Please, Florian, develop your sailing company between islands, DBS make more ferries available. FESCO, allow passengers on board. Someone, do developed solar airplanes or hot-ballon/ air Zeplin / a bridge to allow trains / Whatever. And OCU keep pushing for Universal Citizenships so people, not only rich countries residents, can move forward.
I also would like to push YOU. If you have an idea about how to make life more sustainable, even a itsi bitsi tini ouini one, share it, speak about it, follow it. And soon enough it will be a concrete reality. We need your inputs.
From the bottom of my heart,
Here are some info about airplanes impact on environement and why it is a big deal :