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Richard Hammond

Not the bloke on Top Gear (though I've got used to the disappointment when I turn up to review a hotel and the owners are expecting to meet the TV celebrity and not me). But anyway, here I am, the founder of greentraveller and generally the bloke who looks after the site.

I have worked in sustainable transport and tourism media for over 17 years, including writing a
weekly column in the Guardian, a monthly column, The Responsible Traveller, for Geographical magazine (the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society), editing the travel section of Green magazine (distributed by the Guardian), and a column, Go Green, in National Geographic Traveller magazine.

I also co-wrote (with Jeremy Smith, the former editor of the Ecologist magazine) Clean Breaks – 500 New Ways to See the World (2009) and its smaller version, Great Escapes (2010) published by Rough Guides, and had articles published in BBC WildlifeBBC CountryfileCommunity CareThe EcologistEve Magazine, Green FuturesHarper's Bizarreivillage.co.ukLivewireMarie Claire, The ObserverResurgenceSunday Times Travel magazineThe TimesTimesonline and Wanderlust.

I've also written several analyst reports for Mintel, including ‘Redefining Ecotourism’, ‘Sustainable Tourism in the Travel Industry’ and ‘Tourism and Poverty Alleviation’, have been an inspector for the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, am the special advisor on sustainable tourism to the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO). I was the editor of Green Places to Stay (published by Alastair Sawday) and I was the Contributing Editor to the Travel Channel's six part TV series How to Holiday Greener.
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(pic of Richard Hammond, above, courtesy of Crown Copyright VisitWales, see Green Holidays in Wales)

Richard Hammond's blog posts

Posted by Richard Hammond at 06:53 on Tuesday 09 October 2018
More holidaying alone in order to do what they want The number of people taking solo holidays up three-fold since 2011
Posted by Richard Hammond at 12:16 on Tuesday 01 May 2018
Our blog and video about our 12-day trip from the sandy beaches and coastal towns of Costa Brava to the snowy forests and towering peaks of Val d’...
Posted by Richard Hammond at 11:51 on Thursday 28 December 2017
Our favourite experiences from 2017 including a community-run pub in the Cotswolds, dog-sledding in the Catalan Pyrenees and an award-winning...
Posted by Richard Hammond at 08:45 on Thursday 21 September 2017
Richard Hammond and family travel to the pretty spa town of Cauterets in the Hautes-Pyrénées for their children's first ski trip.
Posted by Richard Hammond at 08:24 on Wednesday 20 September 2017
Richard Hammond reviews a dedicated swim clinic at the Watergate Bay Hotel in Cornwall.
Posted by Richard Hammond at 10:45 on Thursday 20 July 2017
Seven trains, two funiculars, trams, buses and a steamboat… Gemma Wirz travelled through Switzerland on the Swiss Travel System, taking her to the...
Posted by Richard Hammond at 07:33 on Wednesday 21 June 2017
Edwina Pitcher chooses her favourite secret beaches from surfing hangouts north of Lisbon to hidden coves in the Sintra-Cascais and sandy beaches of...
Posted by Richard Hammond at 10:50 on Tuesday 13 June 2017
Greentraveller has published an online guide to Catalonia with tips on where to stay, local food and drink, visitor attractions and activities,...
Posted by Richard Hammond at 11:07 on Tuesday 07 March 2017
Richard Hammond and family try out Eurocamp’s pre-assembled camping experience at La Pointe St-Gilles in Brittany
Posted by Richard Hammond at 07:11 on Tuesday 28 February 2017
New booking tool combines cutting edge interactive video technology with an innovative online application that enables visitors to build their own...
Posted by Richard Hammond at 09:37 on Tuesday 03 January 2017
Eurostar has joined rail pass organisation Eurail Group and launched a new, lower and simpler fare for Interrail travellers from £23 single
Posted by Richard Hammond at 09:52 on Friday 07 October 2016
Blogger Victoria Watts Kennedy discovers the beautiful beaches and wildlife in Germany's Wadden Sea National Park.
Posted by Richard Hammond at 11:40 on Wednesday 07 September 2016
Our latest video is about cycling in glorious parts of Southern England whether you're on a road bike, mountain bike or hybrid...
Posted by Richard Hammond at 03:01 on Friday 08 July 2016
Richard Hammond and family try out the 'Featherdown Farm' experience at East Shilvinghampton, Dorset
Posted by Richard Hammond at 07:50 on Monday 06 June 2016
An international organisation that builds footbridges has been announced as the winner of this year’s Eurostar Ashden Award for Sustainable Travel.
Posted by Richard Hammond at 03:47 on Tuesday 26 April 2016
A new peer-to-peer bike-sharing company has today launched in Oxford, offering visitors the chance to borrow bikes from local residents and receive...

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