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What's this blog all about?

Hi, I'm Nicola - welcome to a blog begun in 2012 about family travel around the world, without leaving the UK.

I love travel adventures, but to save cash and keep my family's carbon footprint lower, I dreamt up a unique stay-at-home travel experience. So far I've visited 110 countries... without leaving the UK. Join me exploring the next 86! Or have a look at the "countries" you can discover within the UK by scrolling the labels (below right). Here's to happy travel from our doorsteps.

Around 2018 I tried a new way of writing my family's and my own UK travel adventures. Britain is a brilliant place for a staycation, mini-break and day trips. It's also a fantastic place to explore so I've begun to write up reports of places that are easy to reach by public transport. And when they are not that easy to reach I'll offer some tips on how to get there.

See www.nicolabaird.com for info about the seven books I've written, a link to my other blog on thrifty, creative childcare (homemadekids.wordpress.com) or to contact me.

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Where shall we go?

Nicola, Pete, Lola and Nell want to travel the world with a difference. We hope to get a taste of loads of countries without adding to climate change (with needless emissions from aeroplanes) or having to waste hours of holiday time in airport terminals. We hope our adventures inspire you to take a Grand Tour of your neighbourhood. This is the first post, and it's from Nicola.

Six weeks to go and the usual pre-journey panic is on, even though we won't be needing passports or visas. Our plan is to be away for three months. During that time we hope to travel the world. Highlights will include a trip to Canada's Arctic salmon rivers (via Dalmally, Scotland); Germany (via Aberdeen's woodlands) and even go Indian elephant hunting (via Birmingham).

We're also looking forward to going back in time and into the Romans' mindset as we walk the full length of Hadrian's Wall. There is sure to be a day when we pretend the 84 mile (135km) barrier is in fact the Great Wall of China.

Priority number one is to enjoy the sites and eccentricities of the UK. But we also want to keep our carbon emissions low, try tasty locally-grown food and give Lola & Nell good memories for life. If they can read maps and bus/train timetables at the end of the summer that will be an extra bonus!


Andrew said...

Great idea! Do you want suggestions for other places to go to?

Nicola Baird & Pete May said...

Andrew, yes, we'd love suggestions... anywhere in the UK which has links to another country - eg, by name (Boston, Lincs); history, food, books or happenstance. Thanks N2PL