on 6 August 2009
Bored of "fly and flop" holidays where you only see the inside of the plane and the side of a pool? Clean Breaks offers a new way to travel, where the journey itself is half the fun and when you arrive you get something special and different - a travel experience that has not already been done before. This book is jam-packed with cool encounters to suit all tastes and all budgets. Ride the Trans Mongolian Express, try eco-ski-ing, take a foodie walking tour of southern Italy, sleep in a fabulous tree-house hotel or (tempting, this) watch pink dolphins in Hong Kong!
You can book any of these top adventures with a clean conscience. Not only are the 500 incredible experiences suggested in this guide fun, they are all environmentally and socialy responsible as well. (Don't for a minute think this means donning a hair shirt - chic accommodation and luxury lodges are yours for the booking). Clean Breaks doesn't preach about the planet but simply suggests fantastic places to visit which happen to be green.
Whether you're volunteering at a griffon sanctuary or chilling on a 'star bed' under the night sky in Kenya, sleep easy knowing they have done all the research to ensure that your awesome holiday will not harm the planet.
on 27 September 2009
I bought this as a present for someone, and started to read it before posting it - and ended up buying myself a copy as well.... It is full of useful details about every corner of the world, and a great read whether you are planning a specific trip or happily daydreaming about possible travels. Would make a great Xmas present for someone...
on 20 June 2016
An inspiring guide to eco/clean/green travel ideas around the globe. As well as individual entries for 500 different activities or places to visit, this book includes a lot of resources and weblinks for other important travel information such as accommodation, eco-travel labelling and air-free travel. Probably more of a starting point than the only guide book you will ever need, but an inspiration never the less.Clean Breaks
on 31 December 2011
Clean Breaks by Richard Hammond and Jeremy Smith is a guide to 500 things you could do around the world that don't have a high environmental impact. The green aspirations of the book make it pretty clear that it's not the Richard Hammond of Top Gear fame that wrote it! This is the kind of book that's ideal for friends and relatives who love to travel and love to dream about where they might go next. If they suffer at least a basic level of environnmental 'guilt' about their travel, this is a nice choice to help them feel better about themselves.
What the book aims to do is offer ideas of how you could spend your holidays either doing things that are 'greener' in terms of their carbon footprint or involve activities that make a difference (a positive one of course) to the lives of people living locally. It's an imaginative book full of things you wouldn't automatically think of and the authors go out of their way to help you go out of yours, helping you to see and do unusual things that might just make you feel better about yourself and how you've used your annual leave. The options range from green adventures in the UK to holidays all over the world and if you're worried about the impact of long haul travel on the environment, they even offer advice on how to carbon offsetting.
For those who can't get their heads round the idea of an eco-holiday with a long haul flight, there are lots of ideas close to home in the UK and Ireland. Some involve roughing it or physical exertion whilst others are more luxurious like natural spa centres. There are lots of 'alternative' accommodation options like yurts and bothies or ecocabins. Each double page contains several suggestions and lots of photographs so naturally there's not a large amount of information about any of the places but they provide basic information, contact details and suggestions of tour operators who can help you achieve the holiday you want. Website listings are provided wherever appropriate and available so that after the book has whetted your appetite, you can go off and do some more homework to fill in the details. They include a few pages about green festivals too.