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Clean Breaks: 500 New Ways to See the World Paperback – 3 Aug 2009
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When planning a holiday what you're looking for are good ideas - and this book is chock-a-block with them...well worth perusing. --Frank Barrett, Mail on Sunday, August 2009
This book contains an impressive selection of some of the "cleanest" breaks available to the independent traveller.
-- Sunday Telegraph, 16th August 2009
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Written by Richard Hammond, Green Travel Correspondent for The Guardian and Jeremy Smith, former Editor of The Ecologist Magazine.
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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.
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.
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