The classic vacation for sun-hungry Brits is Spain, the second most popular global holiday destination after France. The World Tourism Organisation estimated 58.5m international visitors in 2006, collectively spending some US $51.1bn.
They have cradled you in custom
They have primed you with their preaching
They have soaked you in convention through and through
They have put you in a showcase!'
When Robert Service wrote these words in the early years of the twentieth century, he tersely summed up that wild longing to break out, to leave the well-worn track, that tugs like the wind at the zipped-up tent flaps of human existence. Here in the twenty-first century world, in the West, we live so comfortably, eat so well, absorb ourselves in work and leisure, and yet, and yet and yet… Is this all there is?
If the country were to bring in an international valuation company to value its assets then one of its most valuable holdings would certainly be its many miles of coastline, lakes, riverside and canal banks. People are drawn to the sea and in an increasingly crowded, stressful and fast-paced world, views out to oceans, bays, marshlands and mudflats are becoming more treasured. Add to that the increasing hassle of air travel, and you realise this national asset must be accumulating in value.
For over 60 years, three generations of the Cousteau family have been part of the greatest exploration of the ocean in all of history. Their mission: to inspire and educate people throughout the world to act responsibly for the ocean’s protection and to document the critical connection between humanity and nature. Fabien Cousteau talks exclusively to Sublime about why protecting the Amazon river basin is vital for our future survival.
Fair trade, micro-enterprise development and aid are bringing change to the fortunes of developing-world communities.