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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.

Saturday, 7 July 2007

Best places to go

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 Lola and Nell after one month...

Lola: Number 1 Yorkshire because we were staying with friends who have four children, a giant house, lots of books, two dogs to take for walks and ponies to ride. And I got taken to the blacksmith which was good because the farrier made the shoes really hot and then pressed them on the horse's feet, but it didn't look as though it hurt them at all.

Nell: Number 1 housesitting near Aberdeen Here's been good because we've been doing lovely things - there's the toys of three children and one's got a doll's house. They have a dog called Fleur. I love her because she licks my hand and I went for a walk with her and she was quite like Mummy because she kept on stopping and chatting (eg, with the mums waiting for the school bus). There's lots of wildlife. We saw a brown bird with a long beak (curlew) which did a display for us.

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