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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.

Friday, 29 June 2007

Children play scrabble shock

Nicola, Pete, Lola and Nell want to travel the world with a difference. We hope to get a taste of many 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 post is from Nicola

We left the kids alone on a rainy day and what do they go and do? Yes that's right they organise a game of scrabble. There were no fights between Jasper, Ned, Lola and Nell, just focussed silence. Nell won with a score of 54. "It was when I put down JAM that I started winning," was her match report.

I'm sure travel writer Tim Moore's wonderful journey around London, Do Not Pass Go, wouldn't have been created without his endless wet childhood holidays.

Back in April manufacturers produced an express version of Monopoly and Scrabble to stop teenagers getting bored. If climate change leaves us with so many more torrential days it could be that it's the board games which we rescue from the floods.

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