RE: Rescued from wavering by Stephen from - written 26/05/2009 09:26:51
Hello Su
thanks for the message, and thanks for not wavering or wobbling. It's great that you have chosen to go your own way without a car, and even more impressive that you've done this in the Highlands - it's relatively easy for us urbanites to go carfree! (Although Joseph in the Orkneys posted earlier to say he'd been carfree since 1998). It's true that there are occasional hassles from not being a car-owner, but when you do the full cost-benefit analysis, it's amazing how the scales tip. And the longer you don't have a car, the less you miss having one. Keep the faith. And if you want some more reasons to be cheerful, have a look at the Contents page on
Su wrote (21/05/2009 13:54:24):

Thank goodness I came upon this site!  I went car-free a year ago after a few years of longing, and have not looked back since.  However I've had a bit of a waver in the past week or so - living in the Scottish Highlands and being a keen hillwalker/ecologist makes getting to destinations by public transport a bit arduous at times.  I was keenly searching for something to help with this wobble in faith.

The messages and themes of this site remind me that it's not just environmental, or even economic, reasons that appeal to me in life without a car.  It's the sheer enjoyment of taking things more slowly, practising patience at train stations, all that time for reading, day-dreaming and birdwatching out the window (not advisable when driving!).  I still feel a bit guilty accepting lifts from folk on a too regular basis, but then I think some of them enjoy the brownie points they can give themselves for doing a good turn!

Thanks very much for putting this site together.  My resolve is restored!