Many people who enjoy gaming want to take their passion to the road and visit as many gaming conventions as possible, or at least those that interest them the most. But gaming conventions take place all around the world and travelling extensively or even a little can involve leaving a significant carbon footprint impact upon the environment, so how can green gamers travel to their favorite gaming conventions?
Getting around gaming conventions
If you are relatively local to a gaming convention, then travelling to the venue in an ecologically-friendly manner should not cause too much of a problem. You could take a bicycle ride to the event if you feel you are fit enough and have confidence to travel on busy roads. You could also work out alternative routes that take you through back roads and countryside which may make your journey one of discovery as well as of fun. Not only will you be exercising by cycling to your local gaming convention, but you will leave virtually no carbon footprint on the world. If you do not feel comfortable in working out your own route, then see if there are any bike tour companies who can guide you.
But what if your favorite gaming convention is a way away? Perhaps you really want to go to Blizzcon in Anaheim, CA, the convention created by Bobby Kotick and his company Activision Blizzard, who have created some of the most diverse and engaging video games on the planet and who founded the charity Call of Duty Endowment, but you do not live anywhere near there? By the way, it is a big year for BlizzCon as it is the convention’s tenth anniversary and the twenty-fifth anniversary for Blizzard. But anyway, cycling to the convention is probably asking a bit much, but if you do have to drive, perhaps you could rent or invest in a low carbon vehicle, such as an electric car. If you become the owner of an electric car, it is highly likely you will be entitled to some incentives during the purchase process, and will have far lower running costs in terms of fuel. The key to getting the most economically out of an electric car is to maintain a fairly constant speed and it also reduces your carbon footprint.
If, on the other hand, the gaming convention you want to attend is abroad, then you have two main options: either to fly or to go by sea. Air travel is notorious for being a huge polluter, but there are some ways you can make a contribution to lowering the carbon footprint. For example, you can fly economy class, and this lowers your carbon footprint because more people are able to travel in the one airplane, so the damage is spread. You could also work out if you need to travel the whole distance to the gaming convention by plane. Could you, for example, take a short flight to an area that has good road connections and perhaps cycle the rest of the way?
Going by sea to a gaming convention is perhaps something of a luxury choice, as it will undoubtedly take longer to travel and you may well ask how that is good for lowering carbon footprints. The only way this is so is if you consider travelling on smaller boats rather than the usual floating palaces that are cruise ships. If time and money is not a consideration for you when travelling to a gaming convention abroad, perhaps in Europe, you could take the opportunity to work in a vacation and see something of the countries you pass by, as well as getting up close and personal with wildlife.
If you are planning on attending a number of gaming conventions in Europe, you could ditch the car and the plane and travel by train or even bus. Both trains and buses are considered to be much more energy efficient than other motorized forms of travel, and can have the added advantage of having quicker journey times because you do not have to factor in the time spent at airports getting through security and waiting at the dreaded baggage carousel.
If you care about the impact we humans have on our planet, but do not want to give up attending gaming conventions wherever they may be in the world, then you can find ways to travel to them that are environmentally friendly, and which may even be better for your finances.