Miles high: which celebrities travel the furthest?

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Whether it’s a sports personality or a popstar, we’ve all been intrigued by details of our favorite celebrities’ lives at some point. From interests to daily habits, once we’ve found out interesting tidbits about those in the limelight, it’s easy to compare their lifestyle choices to your own – especially if they’re far removed from how you live. 

Along with eating at fancy restaurants, wearing designer clothes and attending glitzy parties, travel is synonymous with being a celeb. Luxury vacations, shooting on location and award ceremonies are just some of the things governing the stars’ flight paths. Which made us wonder – how far do the famous really travel around the world? 

Curious, we set out to discover how many miles certain celebrities rack up compared to the average person. We thought about which celebrities would garner the most fascinating results and decided to assess the travel habits of sports players, reality stars and eco-conscious celebrities.

 

Sports players

With 16 games to attend in a season for each team – with most being away games – the airtime NFL players can clock up is extensive. 

But this isn’t the case for all teams – some, like those in New York, don’t need to travel as far because the larger city stadiums are often used for their games, keeping their game time close to home. 

Looking at the 2019-2020 season, we measured all the home, away and international games in our research, estimating the miles travelled by using the closest airport to each stadium.

The three teams that will accrue the most air mileage for this season are the LA Rams, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Oakland Raiders. The latter team are set to travel over 17,000 miles, which is the equivalent of an NFL player running across the field 303,571 times.

And it’s not just the NFL teams who fly to the game destinations. Legions of fans will aim to attend if it’s within reachable distance, with superfans coming from all over the globe, sometimes in their thousands. This – when combined with their teams’ air track record – accumulates quite a lot of air distance.

But flying doesn’t have to be the only option for fans, especially if it’s a domestic destination. If, for instance, you were a Dallas Cowboys fan hoping to attend games at the AT&T Stadium from Houston, you could easily take a bus from Houston to Dallas with your fan mates.

 

Reality stars

While there are many reality stars out there, there is one family that surpasses the rest in terms of travelling. 

The Kardashian-Jenner sisters don’t mind making it known that they regularly take private jets or charter planes to get them to their engagements. They often screen footage on their popular show ‘Keeping Up with The Kardashians’ and across their social media of themselves enjoying the high life.  

But which of the five sisters takes the lead for traveling the most miles? 

Many may be surprised to learn that it’s Kourtney who has amassed the most amount of air miles from the start of 2019 compared to her siblings. 

At just shy of 90,000 miles, Kourtney has flown the equivalent of three and a half times round the circumference of the earth in the past year. 

 

Eco-Conscious Celebrities

Not all celebrities choose to take on a high-flying style of living. For some stars, becoming famous isn’t all about making millions and party invites, but a chance to use their large platform to help with a cause they care about. 

Looking at celebrities who are vocal with their views on environmental issues, we wanted to see whether their total miles traveled in 2019 was more or less than the other two groups. 

For this group, we didn’t just take flights into consideration. Those with a super-sustainable mindset, like Greta Thunberg, have attended appearances using more eco-friendly modes of transport, like a sailboat; and our research reflects this. 

Leonardo DiCaprio

Alongside reems of acting credits, Leonardo DiCaprio is an environmentalist and philanthropist. After founding The Leonardo DiCaprio foundation in 1998 – which tackles some of the biggest environmental issues, such as global warming – he sits on the board of several organizations such as WWF and Global Green USA, invests in vegan companies such as Beyond Meat and Hippeas and has been involved in environmental and animal welfare documentaries, such as ‘Before the Flood’ and ‘Cowspiracy’. 

Despite his views, Leonardo has travelled just slightly less miles than that of Kim Kardashian. But while Kim exclusively flies in private jets, Leo has been known to take commercial flights to his destinations – a more environmentally friendly way of travelling. 

Pierce Brosnan

Alongside his wife, Pierce Brosnan has lent his voice to campaigns on clear air and water, marine mammal protection, and defending wildlife habitats around the world. They have opposed projects that would have a detrimental effect on the environment and, much like Leo, he has co-produced a documentary about protecting the habitat of Native Hawaiians.

A regular Instagram user, his profile reflects his views and deep affinity to the world around him, sometimes asking his followers to donate to a foundation or directing them to an environmental news article. However, over the last year, we can see that he’s traveled for filming and vacations to locations such as Dubai, Paris and Iceland, usually from his home in LA via a commercial flight.

Shailene Woodley

Shailene is an active proponent of climate change. In the past, she has joined Greenpeace on an expedition to raise awareness of protecting the ocean’s ecosystems, partnered with Parley for the Oceans to tackle single-use plastic and made countless speeches calling for climate change with NGOs such as Climate International.

In between her climate escapades, she’s also traveled to Cannes for the film festival, the Green Carpet Fashion Awards in Milan and a vacation in Marrakech, tipping her miles in the last year to over 40k.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg – the 16-year-old eco-warrior – continues to gain international recognition. Known for leading school strikes for climate change around the globe and addressing the public and political leaders with powerful speeches at numerous assemblies and summits, she’s become a role model for her involvement in campaigning.

As her schedule has become busier, the need for her to rethink how she travels has become more pertinent. Taking the train is her preferred type of travel, but she recently made the trans-Atlantic journey to a climate summit in New York by sailboat. While this trip produced zero carbon emissions, the miles she travelled were still included in our methodology.

Woody Harrelson

Concerned mostly with deforestation, Woody is a devoted environmentalist who’s attempted governmental change and founded a sustainable paper company in his long-standing activist history. Traveling fewer miles than any other eco-conscious celeb, he’s only flown between the US and Europe in the past year.

 

Which mode of transport produces the most emissions?

In the wake of the climate crisis, the environmental effects of flying have been widely documented. Despite this, sales in the travel industry continue to grow, which has prompted experts to encourage travelers to seek more sustainable modes of transport.

Many people think that flying is the most convenient and quickest way to travel, but when you factor in the time it takes to get to the airport, go through security and wait in the lounge – as well as factor in baggage allowances – the difference between driving and flying isn’t all that much. Considering also that a domestic flight produces over five times more CO2 emissions than taking a bus, it might be time to alter how we travel for shorter, domestic trips.

If you’re traveling from state-to-state, you obviously won’t opt for a sailboat. And while America’s train infrastructure is something to be desired, there are over 4 million miles of road to travel on. This makes driving by car or coach super easy and an eco-friendlier way of traveling.