There’s more to green travel than foregoing single-use plastics. Lauren Pears, a travel blogger from the UK, is showing the world what one can do to take eco-travel to the next level. This extremely passionate and ambitious traveler is biking from London to Istanbul to raise funds for the World Wildlife Fund, as well as awareness for sustainable tourism. Pears began her 1,900-mile journey across Europe on May 22, and estimates that it will take three months to complete.
On her JustGiving page, she explained, “I want to challenge myself with cycling from London to Istanbul — a whopping 3000 kilometres [1,900 miles] — to raise money for the WWF. Cycling has little to no impact on the environment, so I’m hoping my journey will inspire others to travel more ethically, too.”
Her father accompanied her for the first 10 days of the trip, though she has been cycling completely solo since he left on June 1. She has already cycled from outside London across France and through Switzerland and Germany.
Follow her journey by checking out her blog, Lauren’s Travel Diary, and her Facebook page, which she regularly updates with stories and images. She has already raised over $560 for the World Wildlife Fund, and you can contribute to her cause via her fundraising page.