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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.

Sunday, 8 July 2007

In a canoe

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're not ready to go miles in a canoe yet, but during our wet camping Lola, Nell and I had lots of fun taking the canoe out on Ullswater. I like paddling for a "walkabout", as it was known in the Solomon Islands, in the early evening, but on our last day we just had time before breakfast to go for a quick jaunt down the lake. The rewards were a close-up of a cormorant sitting in the top of a dead tree by the lakeside. For once it wasn't drying its wings, instead it looked hunched and impressively tropical. As we glided by a kestrel got up and circled around us. It was so close we could see its golden brown back and yellow beak.

We wouldn't have been able to do this if Tom hadn't kindly dropped off some life jackets to fit us all. So many thanks to him for yet more generosity.

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