About Richard Hammond
I'm a writer and filmmaker who founded Green Traveller initially as a blog/forum in 2006 and then, in 2009, as a result of the growing interest in the subject, I turned it into a fully fledged website to provide information for UK travellers on how to have a low carbon holiday and contribute to biodiversity conservation.
I was born in Newport, Wales, grew up in Nottingham, and went to uni in Bristol before heading off to travel overseas, including WWOOF-ing in New Zealand, working on a yacht in the South Pacific, and volunteering on conservation expeditions with Raleigh International (Mauritius and Rodrigues) and Coral Cay Conservation (Belize). I now live in Somerset with my wife and two boys.
In the 1990s, after gaining a post graduate masters in publishing, I worked in natural history/travel publishing (as a graduate at HarperCollins Broadcasting, then editor at Dorling Kindersley, New Holland, A&C Black), then I was editor-in-chief of the travel industry newswire TravelMole (1999–2003) and then the eco travel correspondent for the Guardian (2004-2008). I have also been Editor of Green Hotelier, editor of Sawdays Green Places to Stay, co-author (with Jeremy Smith) of Clean Breaks (Rough Guides), Travel Editor of National Geographic GREEN, and consultant for the Guardian's Green Travel Guide.
From the late 1990s to the present day, I have been on dozens of overland trips by rail, coach and ferry to Ireland and mainland Europe and beyond, initially reporting on Clean Breaks in the Guardian and then for social media 'Twitter Trips' with Green Traveller, in collaboration with the likes of Eurostar, RailEurope, Brittany Ferries, DFDS and many national tourist boards, conveying the benefits of overland travel to Europe and beyond. In the early days this was for newspaper articles, blogs and social media posts, but it soon morphed into filming trips, showcasing the experience through video footage, which I now produce through my film production agency Green Traveller Productions.
I have also written about sustainable tourism for a range of publications, including BBC Wildlife, BBC Countryfile, Marie Claire, National Geographic, National Geographic Traveller, Resurgence, The Idler, The Times, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and Wanderlust, and I wrote a regular column about sustainable travel for Geographical - the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society. I was the consultant for the Travel Channel’s series How to Holiday Greener and have been interviewed on the radio about sustainable travel, including on BBC Radio's Excess Baggage as well as on many regional stations.
My book The Green Traveller will be published on 5th May 2022