Category Archives: green travel

Village people: cooking lessons & a community project in Sri Lanka

Tamarind Gardens Sri Lanka

Of all the many delicious dishes I enjoyed in Sri Lanka last summer, it’s the meals at Tamarind Gardens homestay, in the dry-zone near to Kandy, that really stand out. Partly because it was here that, by hanging around the kitchen and watching the cooks at work, I got a better idea of the ingredients, flavours and techniques that go to make Sri Lanka’s most popular dishes… Continue reading

Sustrans, the NCN and a big day out for the Golden Chariot

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Having cycled 34 miles last weekend without even meaning to (after getting rather lost in-between Richmond and Wimbledon), we decided that this weekend we’d try to cycle even further.

Intending to stray outside the M25 for the first time, I invested in a proper National Cycle Network map of Central Sussex and South Surrey, and planned a route from Redhill train station, near Reigate, down to Brighton: a not-too-shabby 37 miles in all… Continue reading

Conservation “with people in it”: the Crees Foundation of Peru

Credit: Crees Manu

[This blog first appeared on ttgdigital.com]

National Geographic claimed earlier this year that Yasuni National Park in Ecuador may be the most biodiverse place on earth. But it’s not a crown Ecuador will wear for long, if a Peruvian conservation organisation has anything to do with it.

Crees is a charitable foundation based in the Manu region of Peru’s rainforest, where visitors can see conservation research and sustainable community development in action. In May, staff and volunteers at Crees plan to undertake their very… Continue reading

Goldie lookin’ chain: Bicycle Bling in Herne Hill

I went to Herne Hill’s street market this morning and stumbled across a Bling Ya Bike stall, offering to fix bikes free of charge, and even give bikes, scooters and pushchairs a facelift with a spray-job.

I took along my old purple bike (which I’ve had since I was 13, so is not the coolest wheels in the hood) to see what bling they would suggest.

A team of pleasant young chaps turned into this much more glamorous golden chariot… Continue reading

Guyana: Falling for Kaietuer

Guyana's Kaieteur FallsMy blog on Guyana’s Kaieteur Falls, on Nat Geo Traveller’s website

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Trust me to visit Guyana’s famous waterfall on one of the busiest days on record.

The Islander aircraft that brought me to Kaieteur National Park from Georgetown only carries eight passengers. But as I scramble inelegantly out of the plane onto the dusty airstrip, I can hear the drone of a second tiny aircraft approaching. Two planes in a day: total gridlock, by Guyana’s standards… Continue reading

Fair Trade in tourism – how does it work?

[My blog on TTG website, ttgdigital.com]

One of the most interesting events of WTM for me was the launch by Kuoni of the UK’s first Fair Trade-certified holiday.

Kuoni teamed up with Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA), which has been working to promote the importance of fair trade in tourism for a decade, in order to gain certification of all aspects of the supply chain on a 13-night South Africa package.

While the concept of fairly-traded cocoa… Continue reading

‘Top’ news from the Rainforest Alliance

At a tourism conference in Panama last week, I got chance to catch up with the Rainforest Alliance and hear about its latest news.

Federico Solano described a new scheme called Tour Operators Promoting Sustainability, or TOPS, for both local Latin American tourism companies and those sending customers from the UK and other countries.

After bringing together travel companies that have made a commitment to sustainable practices, the Alliance hopes to launch a group-wide marketing campaign, creating one of the world’s first networks of green-certified operators… Continue reading

Another Jamaican success: Hotel Mocking Bird Hill

Port Antonio papermaking projectI wrote in July about Green Travel Guides’ visit to Bluefields Bay in Jamaica, a project I visited in January of this year. The film crew has now completed another video for the Travel Foundation in Jamaica, this time focussing on Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, near Port Antonio.

It’s a hotel I first learnt about at World Travel Market last year, when it won the ‘best accommodation for the environment‘ category at the Responsible Tourism Awards… Continue reading