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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

Local Hero

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

"Good sky you got here McIntyre!" One of the best films ever was Bill Forsyth's Local Hero,released in 1983. Numerous Local Hero acolytes now visit Pennan, the small fishing village north of Aberdeen used in the film (the beach scenes were filmed on the west coast). And standing in that famous red phone box pretending to call Mr Happer is an irresistible photo opportunity...
One interesting point is that in the film the phone box is in the centre of the bay. In reality the locals point out it would have blown down there, so it's situated in the lee of a hut opposite the Pennan Inn, now surounded by recycling bins. But still with a great view out to sea. Maybe I'll stay here and work the beach...

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