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    Clean Breaks

    These are the personal selections of two very well travelled individuals ? the choices obviously reflect their interests ? Richard is a keen natural water swimmer, a wild simmer, and amongst the 500 are wild swimming in Australia, England, Finland, Italy, France, Kenya 'surely the best pool view in Africa?, and the USA (Yosemite). This is a guide book which encourages you to actively enjoy other peoples? places, their environments and cultures. It is a great place to look for new ideas and to think about how you travel ? how to get more out of your break, perhaps to clean and refresh the mind as well as the body…

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    The Star that Matters

    The First Star recognises that hotels compete for stars and suggests that this is the one, the first, the one that matters, “So here’s the thing. For all the wonderful ways hotels compete for their star ratings (room size, quality of furnishings, guest amenities, restaurants) ? there’s nothing that helps travellers identify hotels that treat their own staff and the environment with care.” Ethical Hotels have ?1. Fair Work Agreements with their staff, which means staff haven?t been prevented from collectively bargaining for decent wages and working conditions.2. Environmental Leadership ? supporting renewable energy and minimising pollution, waste and carbon footprint ?3. Fair Trade-supplied coffee, chocolate, and other essentials ?We…

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