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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.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Gifts that tick every box

This blog is about family travel around the world without leaving the UK. Impossible? No. This post is about how you can buy items that look lovely and support producers in some of the poorest countries by armchair shopping. Words from Nicola Baird (see www.nicolabaird.com for more info about my books and blogs).  

The hottie cost £6 - part of which goes towards supporting school children in Sierra Leone.
I'm lucky: lots of family give me gifts at Christmas, and some even pick the perfect things for a person trying to keep their carbon footprint down. My brother found a fairly traded recycled aluminium bowl made in India. The bowl he picked out has a gorgeous green enamel interior and is a pleasure to introduce to my kitchen. Anything put into it looks tempting.

Snow purchase
As it is cold this week I decided to make sure everyone in the family has a hot water bottle. In our local chemist I found the Fashy brand which supports a school in Sierra Leone. Fantastic to be able to buy something I need which is also giving support to such a good cause.


Anonymous said...

nice post

Amy said...

I wish my family was as good as picking gifts for me.

Anonymous said...

what a great bowl!

Anonymous said...

I've always wanted to visit India.

Anonymous said...

Great blog

Ciarra Willard said...

it's really nice to see gifts like this. I get given a lot of new technology like for example, a digital keyring that you can upload lots of images in. I just think, what for?

Nicola Baird said...

Thanks all for your comments - my brother is going to be very impressed how many people approve of his choice! Nicola