Alastair Sawday practises what he preaches. The offices from which his numerous Special Places to Stay books are put together are eco-friendly, and benign to the environment. His guides are produced using minimal energy for the lowest ecological impact.
But his books are beautiful to the eye and have a feel-good factor, and prove that travel doesn't have to be harmful to the environment. What better to prove that than this Green Places fo Stay guide, with its verdant cover and beautiful pictures?
Green travel doesn't have to be a drudgery. This book is brimful of places to stay all over the world which are pleasurable, which awaken the senses, rather than dulling them with luxurious uniformity. It includes eco lodges, working farms or vineyards, beach huts, guest houses, campsites, hotels, tipis, yurts, safari camps, and the colourful pictures whet the appetite.
Another lesson taught by this guide is that environmental friendliness doesn't stop with nature. There is also such a thing as being friendly towards the social, cultural and linguistic environment. Tourism should not be exploitative, but should contribute to the local economy and show respect for the traditions of the locality which one visits.
This book is a treat to read. It is ideal for the armchair traveller. It offers a feast of descriptions of places worldwide which sound and feel great, and it is a lesson in geography and cultural diversity. There is a detailed introduction, and features on fair trade tourism, and how to make a positive difference when you travel.
This is a unique guide book, different from all others, full of treats and full of discoveries. I recommend it wholeheartedly.