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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.

Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Be plastic bag free

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 whatever the weather. This post is from Nicola

Lola, Nell and I are staying near the first town in Britain to go plastic free. Modbury is a really small Devon town, but from 1 May 2007 its independent retailers resolved to quit giving out plastic bags. Since then Hebden Bridge in Yorks has been inspired to follow suit, as have Saltash in Cornwall and Dunoon in Argyll.

Modbury's move came about after a local woman, Rebecca Hosking, showed them a film she had been involved in that helped people really understand how bad loose plastic bags can be on wildlife.

Find out more at http://www.plasticbagfree.com/ including how to get your community to quit the bad bag lady look.

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