Travel is the fastest growing industry in the UK, the bedrock of some countries' economies and the highpoint of most people's summer holidays. Yet there is growing concern about the negative effects our love of travel is having on the global environment and local communities. The time has come for ethical travel. Happily this doesn't have to mean hair shirts and sleeping on hard floors. Rather it simply requires an awareness of the impact your holidaying can have and making responsible decisions about the flights you take, the places you stay and the souvenirs you buy. It really is possible to have a fulfilling, affordable yet environmentally and socially responsible trip without roughing it."Higher Ground" shows you how. This comprehensive guide illustrates the best, easiest ways of becoming a responsible traveller, including the global concerns, the up and the downsides to carbon-offsetting and other green issues, and much more. With details of ethical travel organisations, resorts and websites, this absorbing book shows that not only can ethical travel be comfortable and enjoyable, it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.
Rhiannon Batten has written for the Independent as well as the Observer, Elle and She magazines. She has been writing about travel for the past decade.