About Green Traveller
Green Traveller is an online publication that provides news, tips, and inspiration about green travel.
We publish features and a range of resources on this website to help travellers plan greener holidays
(for what we mean by this, see our Guide to low carbon holidays).
We also send out a free email newsletter (subscribe here to the Green Traveller Digest),
which provides a digest of the latest green travel news in the media, including openings of green hotels, sustainable places to eat and drink, activities that support the conservation of biodiversity, ferry and rail initiatives and routes (including the latest developments with overnight sleeper routes across Europe), as well as other information about travel that is sensitive to the current climate and ecological emergency.
"The leading British website for eco travel - great for news,
green travel tips and inspiration for a low-impact holiday."
"The best place to visit for low carbon holidays"
Condé Naste Traveller
National Geographic Traveller
Featured in the Guardian's list of the Best Travel Websites Ever
Featured in 'Best Travel Websites'
Independent, The Times, Telegraph
'Website of the Week' in the MailOnline
"The journalist Richard Hammond’s web pages are the first place to look
for green holidays and for discussions on environmental issues."
The Sunday Times
Background to Green Traveller
Green Traveller was founded by the journalist and film maker Richard Hammond who has specialised in sustainable tourism since 1998. He was previously the editor-in-chief of the travel industry newswire TravelMole (1999-2003) and eco travel correspondent for the Guardian (2004-2008). Richard has been Editor of Green Hotelier, editor of Sawdays Green Places to Stay,
co-author (with Jeremy Smith) of Clean Breaks - 500 New Ways to See the World (Rough Guides), Travel Editor of National Geographic GREEN, and consultant for the Channel 5 series The Hotel Inspector and for the Travel Channel series 'How to holiday greener'. He has also produced over 100 short films for a variety of clients showcasing examples of sustainable travel.
Richard founded Green Traveller initially as a blog/forum in 2006 and then as a result of the growing interest in green travel, he re-launched it as a fully fledged website in 2009 to provide information for UK travellers on how to have a lower carbon holiday and contribute to biodiversity conservation. The website includes car-free guides to many protected areas in the UK as well as step-by-step guides to flight-free routes to Europe by train and ferry. It also features a selection of Green Traveller's Guides to destinations, most of which are reachable without flying from the UK as well some carefully selected destinations in non-industrialised countries where visitors can contribute to important work on biodiversity conservation and local economic empowerment (for these we recommending visiting for at least three weeks).
Greentraveller.co.uk has been featured in curated lists of the 'Best Travel Websites' in the Telegraph, Times, Independent and Guardian, and has been featured in dozens of other publications, including Conde Nast Traveller, The Sun, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, Wanderlust, The Ecologist, Family Traveller, Mail Online, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire.
For our Green Traveller's Guides, Richard commissions content from a team of well-established freelance travel writers, photographers and videographers, including Sarah Baxter, Paul Bloomfield, Nicola Forsyth, Harriet O'Brien, James Stewart, Rhiannon Batten, Yvonne Gordon, Clare Hargreaves, Ginny Light, Catherine Mack, Christopher Willan, Diana Jarvis, Nigel Camp.
The Artwork for Green Traveller's Guides is by Tina Smith and Mark Edwards.
As well as the contributors mentioned above, the following people have also contributed to Green Traveller since Richard launched the site in 2006:
Anouk Van Den Eijnde (now at Google), Tobias Chapple (now at BBC), Jane Dunford (now at the Guardian), Sophie Gordon (now at Cycling UK), Holly Tuppen (now at The Long Run), Will Ross (now at Zafiri), Tom Watts (now at AMA), Sian Lewis (now at The Girl Outdoors), Jo Keeling (Ernest Journal), Nick Stewart (now at World Animal Protection), Holly Rooke (now at Mungo's), Paul Miles (see tweets @UKbyBoat), John Sannaee, Elinor Meredith, Adriana Maldonado, Gemma Tidman, Gemma Chapman, Eden Gallant, Florence Fortnam, Lucy Symons, Juliette Dyke, Hania Simons, Adriana Polo, Lauren Jones, Hannah Fitzgibbon, Abi Whyte, Chloe Stickland, Olivia Lacey.