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 ? there are spas as well.
advice about how to travel by rail and sail in the Med, how to go green, and
about how to travel differently: volunteering, cycling, travelling by train, horse-drawn
caravanning; and not flying. There is information about certification and green
labels, taking the train to ski, green festivals, going by cargo ship and living
with the locals. It has inspired me to want to visit the southern side of the
Pyrenees and to see a rainforest being born in Sri Lanka.
This is a personal choice ? they feature Grootbos in South Africa, I
would too, but they didn?t include Dyer Island Cruises which offers great whale
and dolphin watching just down the road. They don?t mention Wild Scotland and Scotland's position as the best wildlife
watching destination in Europe. The UK is over represented, there is strangely
little in Germany and France, nothing in Belgium. But this is to carp ? any choice
is personal and reflects both the interests and knowledge of the writers. It
does not claim to be encyclopaedic; it is the 500 choices of two well informed and
widely travelled men, but they don?t know everywhere ? which means there is
space for another book.
They?ve not connected with the movement for responsible tourism,
they have not encouraged people to Fly Smart,
they have not been sufficiently critical of offsetting.
Their selection includes cultural icons and heritage and the living culture of
the people ? there are some excellent resources listed at the back suggesting different
ways of meeting people on your travels and about how to engage and behave like
a guest showing respect for your hosts. In going green they make the point that
we have to make informed decisions- the train is not always the most environmentally
friendly way to go, a full car or coach may cause less carbon pollution? A Clean Break they say is about ?minimizing
your environmental impact? and they encourage us to choose carefully how we travel
and where we stay. They have they say ?done our best to make sure all of the experiences
featured in this book show a tangible commitment to environmental and social responsibility
and reflect a new,
progressive way to see the world?.
I am glad to have the book on my shelves ? best to ration how
much you look at it; it can only increase your wanderlust and think about your air miles.
Clean Breaks 500 new
ways to see the world
Richard Hammond and Jeremy Smith Rough Guides 2009
is always worth a visit.