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Rhiannon Batten

Born in Yorkshire, Rhiannon Batten grew up in Hong Kong, Germany and the Welsh borders, before studying archaeology and anthropology at Oxford University. After a stint on the travel desk of the Independent, during which time she was awarded Young Travel Writer of the Year, she moved to Scotland, where she was based for over a decade, before returning to London. 

Her low-energy lightbulb moment came several years ago on a village-to-village hiking trip aimed at researching a sustainable tourism project. Checking in (with a cold) to a locally owned, solar powered and very picturesque lodge she was sent to an extremely comfortable bed with a hot water bottle, a mug of hot milk and encouragement from the owner to sleep for as long as she needed. Low impact, she realised, didn't have to mean no pampering. 
Having written a book on the subject in 2007, Higher Ground: How to Travel Responsibly Without Roughing It (http://amzn.to/jFUc4H), she now writes on green travel, community tourism and nature tourism for a number of publications, including the Independent, the Guardian, ELLE magazine, Wanderlust and National Geographic Traveller. 

Her low-energy lightbulb moment came several years ago on a village-to-village hiking trip aimed at researching a sustainable tourism project. Checking in (with a cold) to a locally owned, solar powered and very picturesque lodge she was sent to an extremely comfortable bed with a hot water bottle, a mug of hot milk and encouragement from the owner to sleep for as long as she needed. Low impact, she realised, didn't have to mean no pampering. 

Having written a book on the subject in 2007, Higher Ground: How to Travel Responsibly Without Roughing It, she now writes on green travel, community tourism and nature tourism for a number of publications, including the Independent, the Guardian, ELLE magazine, Wanderlust and National Geographic Traveller. 

Rhiannon Batten's blog posts

Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 10:41 on Thursday 19 January 2017
Long-tail or Christiana? Trailors or tag-alongs? What about conversion kits & accessories? Rhiannon Batten sifts through the options to find a...
Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 04:02 on Wednesday 07 October 2015
As part of our series of Greentraveller's Guides to European cities reachable by train, we have produced a guide to Marseille.
Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 02:15 on Thursday 01 October 2015
As part of our series of Greentraveller's Guides to European cities, we have produced a guide to London
Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 11:54 on Wednesday 30 September 2015
As part of our series of Greentraveller's Guides to European cities reachable by train, we have produced a guide to Paris.
Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 01:02 on Friday 25 September 2015
As part of our series of Greentraveller's Guides to European cities reachable by train, we have produced a guide to Brussels
Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 12:10 on Wednesday 23 September 2015
As part of our series of Greentraveller's Guides to European cities easily reachable by train from the UK, we have produced a guide to Cologne.
Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 12:06 on Friday 05 December 2014
All aboard for the Santa Express! Rhiannon Batten selects 15 heritage railway lines that open in winter to provide a series of festive trips that are...
Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 10:25 on Friday 21 November 2014
From experiencing Dunster by Candlelight using the West Somerset Railway to a luxury break at Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, here are five ways to...
Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 04:53 on Sunday 16 November 2014
The trend for German markets in the UK has taken an exciting new direction, playing host to a range of gifts, food and decorations from local artists...
Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 02:38 on Wednesday 05 June 2013
Rhiannon Batten stays at a warm and welcoming three-room B&B in the green heart of Wales with stylish accommodation and wonderful food
Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 06:33 on Tuesday 15 January 2013
Rhiannon Batten on the best travel accessories when travelling with babies.
Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 08:16 on Sunday 17 June 2012
Rhiannon Batten visits this funky three-room B&B that mixes retro style with local craftsmanship and contemporary art in the far north of...
Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 04:02 on Sunday 15 April 2012
Rhiannon Batten tests out The Bivouac, Yorkshire's newest glampsite, with yurts, bunkbarn, cafe, and off-grid log cabins in the woods.
Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 11:13 on Wednesday 11 January 2012
As we launch our Greentraveller Guide to West Sweden, Rhiannon Batten enjoys fantastic local food and peaceful solitude while camping in Dalsland and...
Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 12:04 on Friday 11 November 2011
Rhiannon Batten visits a beautiful, newly built, luxury eco lodge on the stunning Knoydart Peninsula in the Highlands of Scotland, one of the most...
Posted by Rhiannon Batten at 03:31 on Tuesday 13 September 2011
Rhiannon Batten discovers the natural beauty of Tenerife, away from the crowds of mass tourism.

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