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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.

Monday, 14 April 2008

Evening standards

Nicola & Pete plus daughters Lola, now 9 and Nell, now 7, spent last year exploring Britain in a carbon-light manner. Our spring 2008 challenge is to give up waste from 24 March to 24 April. Most posts are by Nicola (as it was her silly idea). This is how it’s going:

The Evening Standard has just created a special green issue (4 April 2008). Reading it I discover that I am a mean green - someone who suggests taking the tube rather than a taxi, declines a skiing holiday for fear of abusing my CO2 footprint and eats everything in the fridge, even though it's mouldy.

It's upsetting that my low-impact, low maintenace (& v cheap) lifestyle is so scorned, even if it's not unexpected.
There are glam and genuine greens -identified in the ES as the authenti-greens. Key figures include David Attenborough, Tracy Worcester and Zac Goldsmith (all much loved by ES for pic opportunities). However as I've spent this month trying to find ways to create zero waste (and keep on failing) it seems fair enough to be branded a shabby, mean green.
In the spirit of gritty waste watching I add a snap of my not-sure-if-they-are-hairy-or-not legs. Home waxing is not a way to keep your home waste free. And for a woman who'd rather take her bike, than splash out on the tube I guess a visit to the salon for a pain-inducing half hour of hair removal is out of the question.
Verdict: Don't rush to treat me to this though, because if you do I'll be caculating the carbon footprint of a wax session & guarantee to find it high enough to find a new mean green cause. Surely rolling my eyes at friends' plane trips is enough?

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