Code Green: Experiences of a Lifetime

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Code Green: Experiences of a Lifetime

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Product name: Code Green: Experiences of a Lifetime

Reviewer: Jenny Blackford

Author: Compiled by Kerry Lorimer

Publisher: Lonely Planet

Price: $29.95

Size: 215 PAGES

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Lonely Planet travel guides have always tried to respect the culture of the nations they describe.

They encourage the reader to learn local culture; to walk, cycle or use local public transport; to eat where the locals do; and so on.

Now, in Lonely Planet's new 'inspirebook' Code Green, editor Kerry Lorimer shows us how to practise "responsible travel", taking into consideration the environment, the social/cultural traditions, and the local economy of the travel destination.

It is sad but true that popular destinations such as Kuta Beach and Goa have been almost loved to death.

But as Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler points out in the introduction to the book, "it's only through travelling, through meeting people, that we begin to understand that we're all sharing this world".

In Code Green, as in her article in G Magazine Lorimer gives tips designed to help us minimise the negative impact of travel, and make a positive contribution to our destinations.

The 82 journeys described in Code Green are not just ordinary holidays with a green touch.

They are indeed "experiences of a lifetime", such as journeying with the Samburu (an ethnic group related to the Masai of northwest Kenya) to the Great Rift Valley, going behind the scenes at the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre in South Africa, and tiptoeing through alpine flowers in Swiss mountains.

All of the journeys are responsible and sustainable, but some go further: learning Spanish by volunteering at a school in Guatemala, for example, or helping the Irish community group CELT (Centre for Environmental Living and Training) to run its courses.

Each of the journeys is given a double-page spread with mouth-watering colour photos, descriptions, and hints about when to go and how to get there, plus a list of the destination's "Responsible Travel Credentials".

For example, the entry about trekking in Ladakh, India, tells us that that the contributions of trekkers have assisted Buddhist monasteries that had been falling into disrepair.

Descriptions of tourist destinations are interspersed with occasional full-page discussions of tricky issues for the green traveller, covering difficult dilemmas such as how to respond to begging and "How
To Tell If Your Holiday Is Green Or Just Greenwash".

Another page gives an indigenous Australian perspective on tourism within Australia.

Code Green is a lovely book to browse through and daydream, without guilt, about the holiday of a lifetime.

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