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Non voyage

Forget going global and tread lightly as you travel – here’s why your next holiday should be a staycation

There’s a lot to be said for holidaying in the UK. You don’t need your passport, you won’t face any long airport queues (baggage reclaim and security check, we’re looking at you!), and not to mention you’ll be helping the planet in the process. Staycations, which are a holiday spent in your home country, will mostly avoid air travel, one of the worst offenders for contributing to carbon dioxide emissions. In fact, according to a paper published published in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change, tourism accounts for around eight per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions with airplanes being the main culprit. In the UK, we’re lucky enough to have four countries, 94,525 square miles, 7,723 miles of coastline, 69 cities, 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 15 national parks – in other words, we’re spoilt for choice in destinations to choose from. Convinced? Let’s get planning!

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Hello, What makes a home? Is it where your family is? The town you grew up in? Or maybe it’s wherever you lay your hat? After years of moving around to different cities, taking different jobs and making different groups of friends, I’ve realised that home can take many forms throughout your life. My nan’s house watching Gladiators and Blind Date with my brother was home. The campervan that housed all my worldly possessions when travelling in Australia was (a very tiny) home. The London flat share with my best girlfriend in my 20s was home. The house I grew up in will always sound, smell and feel like home. And I hope I still have many homes left to discover. This month I’ve read so many stories of ‘home’ – from foster parents, the elderly, my colleagues and the communities striving to make the displaced feel safe and welcome. I’ve spoken to the people who attempt to make their towns a better place for all to live in, the ones who say ‘yes’ and go the extra mile to help other people. I’ve learned about places where neighbours are friends, not anonymous nuisances, and those who are happy and comfortable living alone. A home forms part of your identity and that’s a lot more than just bricks and mortar – it’s the people you love and the community you’re surrounded by that underpin it all. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor