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About Richard Hammond

I'm a editor and videographer 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 have written a book The Green Traveller, which was published by Pavilion Books (part of HarperCollins) in the late Spring of 2022. I am also a certified drone pilot licensed by the CAA (UK) and EASA (in Europe) for commercial aerial photography and videography, and have been trained in sustainable film production by Albert.

I was born in Newport (South Wales), grew up in Nottingham, and went to uni in Bristol before heading off to travel overseas, including working as a WWOOF volunteer in New Zealand, sailing across the South Pacific, and volunteering on conservation expeditions with Raleigh International (Mauritius and Rodrigues) and Coral Cay Conservation (Belize).

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, A&C Black and New Holland where I oversaw the editing of a series of books about National Parks in various countries), 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).

Over the twenty years, I have been on hundreds of overland trips by rail, coach and ferry in the UK and across 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 transport operators, such as Eurostar, RailEurope, Brittany Ferries, and 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 stories of sustainable travel through photographs and video, which I now produce through my media production agency Green Traveller Productions.

I have 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 to The Guardian's Green Travel Guide, and have written about sustainable tourism for a range of publications, including BBC Wildlife, BBC Countryfile, Marie Claire, National Geographic, National Geographic Traveller, Resurgence, The Big Issue, The Idler, The Financial Times, The Telegraph, 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.

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book cover image of people walking down to the sea

My book The Green Traveller was

published on 5th May 2022

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