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Green Places to Stay: Eco-lodges and Other Green Places to Stay (Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay) Paperback – 28 Sep 2006
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About the Author
Alastair has been publishing the Special Places to Stay guides since 1994. His travel publishing company was born of a successful tour company that took groups on off-the-beaten-track trips across Europe. An avid environmentalist (founding Avon Friends of the Earth and currently a trustee of the Soil Association), he is keen to encourage B&B and hotels owners by celebrating their use of organic and local food. Alastair Sawday Publishing off-sets its carbon emissions and strives in other ways to be as green and as ethical as possible, for example by printing on recycled paper.
Richard Hammond is a travel journalist and researcher who specialises in ecotourism and responsible travel. He writes a regular column on eco-friendly holidays in The Guardian and his work has appeared in several magazines, including BBC Wildlife, Food and Travel and Green Futures. He is also one of the judges of the highly respected Responsible Tourism Awards.
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Special Places is like having a trusted and well-travelled friend who can suggest somewhere lovely to stay wherever you want to go. I've been relying on them to find great B&Bs in the UK for five years, and they never fail. The places they recommend aren't just good, they're quirky, interesting and friendly too, and a world away from boring old B&Bs that have nothing to offer beyond a bed for the night and an indifferent breakfast.
Green Places to Stay follows the same trust-based approach. It provides short descriptions of wonderful places from South America to Central Asia, allowing travellers to combine adventure with a commitment to the planet, and to be confident of finding a warm welcome too.
Eco-tourism is a complex field, and no one system for evaluating venues is infallible. But the Green Places guide does its best to identify the different contributions these places make. Some use solar energy, others build from recycled materials, and some give discounts for guests arriving by public transport. And the guide awards points for social responsibility as well. So if a travel lodge is supporting local schools or hiring staff from nearby villages, its efforts are recognised.
The book also discusses the ethics of international air travel. If you're hoping that visiting a green place will salve your conscience about the carbon emissions it took to get there, forget it. But at least there are tips on reducing your environmental impact and offsetting the carbon emissions of your trip.
This is a lovely book, but be warned: it's impossible to use it to find a B&B where you're going without coming upon six other places you want to visit on the other side of the planet as well.
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.
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