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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, 13 July 2007

Mr Chips

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 Pete

We have discovered the country’s top fish and chip shop in Stonehaven. A family can only survive on organic vegetables for so long… The signs outside the Bay chippie proudly display the awards “Young fryer of the year” and “Young fryer of the year runner-up”, won by two of the staff.
We tested their chips and Lola and Nell judged them fried to perfection. Real chunky chips, with no additives and much healthier than fat-laden French Fries. Nell thought her scampi was excellent while my haddock was battered to perfection. Even Nicola ate chips and coleslaw as she enjoyed a rare moment of culinary hedonism. Sitting on the seafront, gazing at red sandstone cliffs and North Sea breakers… it couldn’t be better. And we have told the girls, keep appreciating a good chip and one day you too might be a young fryer of the year…

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