Manchán Magan: Why I’m giving up flying abroad on holidays, the thing I love most in this world

As a travel journalist, I never thought this day would come. But I could no longer ignore the impact I was having on the planet

Manchán Magan at sunset at Las Vueltas, La Gomera in the Canary Islands. Taken for Go, March 2008

Manchán Magan at sunset at Las Vueltas, La Gomera in the Canary Islands. Taken for Go, March 2008

I could never have predicted a year ago that I would be writing this article proclaiming my intention to give up flying abroad on holidays.

For 30 years my life has centred on flying – living in Africa, India and South America for extended periods from 1989-1996, then making travel documentaries for TG4 and the Travel Channel for eight years in China, the Middle East, Greenland, India, South America and eastern Europe. From 2006-2012, I wrote a series of travel books, and I’ve been a travel journalist with regular travel slots on Today FM, Newstalk, RTÉ and 2FM for the last decade. I’ve also written more than 200 travel articles for this newspaper.

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