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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, 15 August 2007

Surfing in the Cornish rain

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 (pic is of my surfing informant, George, 13)

Our house-sitting friends ring from Cornwall to say they are having a wonderful time: the surf is up thanks to this week’s bad weather which pleases the better surfers. The beginners aren’t missing out either because surfing lessons are run even if it rains. That's why you buy wet suits...

Mum and Dad can chill all day catching up on the novels they wanted to read (they recommend Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) until the teenagers turn up wet and hungry as night falls needing to be stuffed with pasta and tomato sauce. It just shows what a good time you can have when the crowds thin out thanks to bad British summer weather.

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