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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 things to do

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 (nb, the adults are pretty pleased that the best things in life are free!)

After one month we think the best things to do in Britain are...
1) Borrowing a pony to go for a ride - or visiting a place like the Heavy Horse centre near Cockermouth, in the Lake District
2) Watching the salmon jump and see my uncle try to catch a salmon... (Scotland)
3) Stroking a friends' dog (anywhere)
4) Climbing big hills - especially going up as fast as you can
5) Playing in a stream (anywhere)
6) Canoeing with Mummy and Nell. It was like boat club, but better views (Ullswater)

1) Carlisle Castle even though I didn't get to see the collection of guns (Carlisle)
2) Walk a friend's dog (anywhere)
3) Look out for new animals in the fields. We've seen bison and ostriches (in different fields!) 4) Dipping nets in rock pools or streams (east or west coast)

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