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Studies have shown that tourists are several times more likely to be ill than people who stay at home, and at the height of summer the roads and footpaths in popular tourist areas can be packed solid with cars and people, exhaust fumes and noise. Despite all this, the last two decades have seen a rapid rise in the number and variety of holiday opportunities for people who want to understand the places they visit more deeply than a half-day excursion allows.

Walking, cycling and activity holidays are experiencing something of a boom, while conservation holidays (where you pay relatively little but work quite hard on environmental projects) are becoming increasingly popular. WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE: We need to question what tourism is really doing for us and for the environment. Projects which allow people to enjoy places without destroying them should be investigated and supported, especially in environmentally sensitive areas. Visitors ought to be encouraged to take an interest, and an active part, in conservation projects.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Think carefully about what you want from a holiday, then consider the easiest and most efficient way of getting it. A good range of options, including walking and cycling holidays, is given in the 'travel agents' section of The Green Consumer Guide (see: www.greenconsumerguide.com) (Gollancz, 2008). The UK Trust for Conservation Volunteers organises a wide range of conservation working holidays at very reasonable rates, while the Field Studies Council's holidays cover themes from local history and wildlife to painting and rural crafts.

When on holiday, respect the people and landscape of the places you visit, and take an intelligent interest in them without overwhelming them. As the American Sierra Club recommends: take only photographs; leave only footprints. Green Print publishes a useful range of Green Guides, pointing travellers in the direction of interesting green-tinted sights and projects.

So far the series covers France and England, with further volumes planned for Scotland, Wales, Europe and North America. GREEN HOLIDAYS - WHO BENEFITS? You: Knowing what you really want from your holiday and working out the best way to get it will result in more satisfying, enjoyable holidays.

If you've chosen to do something creative or useful in the open....

If you've chosen to do something creative or useful in the open air, you'll probably also feel healthier, as well as possibly saving money. Other people: People who earn the... read more

Think very seriously if you are planning to have more than two....

Think very seriously if you are planning to have more than two children of your own. Any more will inevitably add to the overall increase in human population, which i... read more

Ninety-nine per cent of all UK babies are born in hospital, and....

Ninety-nine per cent of all UK babies are born in hospital, and 36 per cent of mothers bottle-feed their babies. By the time the baby is four months old, 74 per cent are bottle-feeding.

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