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YEARS ago I was chat­ting to a col­league who told me she had never been to Ed­in­burgh.

We were in an of­fice just five min­utes from the place where lo­co­mo­tives leave Glas­gow for Scot­land’s cap­i­tal four times an hour and take less than an hour to get there.

She was in her mid-20s, had lived in Glas­gow all her life, and not once, out of idle cu­rios­ity if noth­ing else, made the trip.

Weeks ago, at Ninewells Hos­pi­tal in Dundee, I met a staff mem­ber in her 40s who told me she had never been to St An­drews, 12 miles away.

Peo­ple travel from the world over to see the place, but not a hos­pi­tal worker from just over the Tay.

These rev­e­la­tions were some prepa­ra­tion for this week’s re­port from Keep Bri­tain Tidy which says al­most one in five Bri­tish chil­dren has never vis­ited a UK beach, but it is still a shock­ing fig­ure. If travel broad­ens the mind, what does squeez­ing your hori­zons do?

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