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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.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Blogs that deserve awards

This blog is about family travel around the world without leaving the UK. Impossible? No. This post is a little different, all about great blogs. Words from Nicola Baird (see www.nicolabaird.com for more info about my books and blogs).   

Rosettes, certificates, prizes - I love them! But of course they are such a rare part of life, so it was a real pleasure to be given a Liebster Blog award from Karin at Notes on a Garden who said: "Nicola [gets a Liebster] for her interesting view of life without a car, in Around Britain without a Plane, which often gives me food for thought. Thank you Karin, a definite English sparkling wine moment.

Acceptance of the award is conditional on the following: 
  1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
  2. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them.
  3. Choose five other blogs to award with less than 200 followers and leave a comment for them.
I'd like to present a Liebster Blog award (which I think is the German for favourite) to the very deserving:

http://myzerowaste.com - all about cutting waste from a real genius. Blackened bananas go into crumble, all fruit and veg is bought naked (ie, without wrapping on) and she has loads of genius ideas. She probably also has more than 200 followers, but maybe not. Love her stuff.

http://loveoutdoorplay.net - constant guest posts all about giving children a lot more freedom. Essential blog fodder.

http://greenmummy.blogspot.co.uk - full of info and joy, written by my former colleague Rita.

http://londinimum.wordpress.com/ - written by a journalist with two young children.

http://sophieminchilliinlondon.blogspot.co.uk/ - fantastic photos, plus an interesting take on where and what to eat by one of my former students who I have to forgive for her carbon-heavy travel as it allows me and other readers virtual travel. Go Sophie!

Over to you
Obviously you can't give an award to yourself, but if you are interested in thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children (or yourself for that matter), or fancy the current SUPER SIMPLE COMPETITION FOR A FAIR TRADE TOY PRIZE, then do have a look at http://homemadekids.wordpress.com

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