Best Eco Travel Guidebooks for 2008

If you want to travel responsibly but aren’t quite sure how to go about it or where to go, check out Eco Travel’s choice of guidebooks for the coming year.

Green Places to Stay
, Alastair Sawday

This holiday handbook lists ‘inspiring places striving to be environmentally and socially responsible’. Including tree houses in rainforests, Fairtrade tented camps, eco chic hotels and down-to-earth B&Bs, the illustrated guide covers 160 places in 50 countries making it a great guide for planning trips at home and abroad.
$21.95, Globe Pequot Press; £13.99, Alastair Sawday Publishing

100 Animals to See Before They Die
, Nick Garbutt

Bradt Travel publishes some stonker books and this one is no exception; 100 Animals to See Before They Die should be on everyone’s bookshelf. No, stroke that, it should be in everyone’s backpack in preparation for their next big animal adventure abroad, before it’s too late.
£16.99, Bradt Travel

Green Travel: The World’s Best Eco-Lodges & Earth-Friendly Hotels
, Fodor’s

Oh, to have been a researcher on this book. This eco guide features 100 green getaways around the world that work to support local communities. It discusses some of the ethics behind eco travel and everything from budget beds to sumptuous stopovers are listed, along with their green credentials, so it’s a great all-round guide.
$25.00, Random House (Not available until April 2008)

The Smart Traveler’s Passport, Erik Torkells

Containing 399 travel tips (it was obviously a struggle to get just one more), The Smart Traveler’s Passport has been compiled with help from the faithful readers of Budget Travel. Smart travel is not just about travelling on a shoestring but travelling ‘the right way’, so if you want to know 13 different uses for a Ziploc bag or how dental floss can double as measuring tape, get ordering.
$10.17, Quirk Books

Volunteer: A Traveler’s Guide to Making a Difference Around the World
, Charlotte Hindle, Nate Cavalieri, Rachel Collinson, Korina Miller, Mike Richard

If you’re an Eco Travel Logue reader, you’re more then likely a Voluntourism fan too, so if you’re planning on including some volunteer work on your travels, check out Lonely Planet’s latest guide to volunteering. Packed with ideas, resources and advice, Volunteer is the perfect guide for those who want to give something back. For more information about Volunteering overseas, log on to Bootsnall’s own resource for Voluntourists –
$19.99, Lonely Planet

The Ethical Travel Guide: Your Passport to Exciting Alternative Holidays
, Polly Pattullo with Orely Minelli of Tourism Concern

This is follow-up to The Good Alternative Travel Guide is a reliable guide for tourists who want to leave a positive impact when they travel. Compiled in co-operation with Tourism Concern, this eco guide lists amazing alternative community-based holidays in 60 countries where local people benefit directly. It also touches on issues of sustainable tourism so is the perfect resource for the responsible traveller.
£12.99, Earthscan

Code Green: Experiences of a Lifetime
, Lonely Planet

Already featured in Eco Travel’s Green Gift Ideas for Travellers 2007, Code Green offers a little bit of everything. Full of tip top ideas and pragmatic advice for responsible tourists, this guide book has something to please everyone.
$10.00, Lonely Planet

Marine Ecotourism: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
, C Cater & E Cater

People’s fascination with the sea and marine life has led to a rapidly growing marine tourism market. There are opportunities to go diving with sharks, swim with dolphins and feed stingrays, but what effect does all this have on marine life? This bumper book investigates marine ecotourism resources and our impact on the oceans. Essential reading for those concerned about the depletion of fish stocks, oil spillages and whaling.
$110.00, Oxford University Press