The Cambridge English dictionary defines a Staycation as :
a holiday that you take at home or near your home rather than travelling to another place.
Staycation is a relatively new word derived from the word “vacation” and is now used extensively by travel writers. Can one truly feel that they have experienced travel if they have stayed in their own country?
A staycation is a blog topic that interests me from my point of view and that of fellow travellers. Opinions differ at the mere thought of using travel time to “investigate” what is on your doorstep versus visiting a new country. While a staycation is not on the agenda for some, for others, a true desire to find out what their own country has to offer them as a traveller is high on their list of priorities.
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Travel through the decades
A mere 70 years ago, air travel was something that only the well-heeled and well-financed could afford. Travel to far-flung corners of the globe was just a dream and travel or a staycation usually consisted of a week spent at a beach in a caravan or guest house.
Nowadays, affordable airfares and train and road travel have made just about everywhere on the global map accessible. We are now jumping on planes for quick ‘get-aways’ and travelling the world on extended holidays. No longer are we staying at home and discovering our own countries.
Is it all too familiar?
Let’s be serious though, who wants to experience the same culture, food, weather and people that they already know. The overwhelming excitement of travelling abroad becomes like a drug that you can’t stop taking. An addiction to travel may sound slightly overstretched, but it is something that travellers admit to having, myself included.
The thought of not travelling abroad ensues me with despair. Even though I love my own country and having travelled the world I can honestly say the UK is a beautiful place, do I want a ‘staycation’?
What are the advantages of a Staycation?
The advantages of a staycation are that you don’t have to fly anywhere and if you do, an internal flight isn’t going to take very long, unless you happen to be in Australia or America. You know your native language so no chance of having a problem and being unable to communicate. And if like me, you aren’t a fan of foreign foods then the thought of staying in your own country can begin to look appealing. The downside is that the UK has such unpredictable weather do I want to risk my holiday time looking at grey skies and rain?
Can a Staycation be classed as a break from the norm?
I have travelled to Cornwall, Scotland, Wales and Jersey to name just a few places in the United Kingdom but I just didn’t get the same buzz as going abroad. Visiting Vietnam or Venice for the first time, climbing Table Mountain or seeing Angkor Wat are experiences that you just can’t have at home. I guess for me a “staycation” just doesn’t fall into the category of travel more like just a quick break.
Staycation, it just sounds boring, doesn’t it? When friends ask me where I’m going, if it’s in the UK, I always tend to say “oh only in this country” almost as an apology. Whilst some of them nod in agreement knowing exactly what I mean, others look at me as if I’m delusional. Surely all travel is the same even if you stay at home and venture out only a few miles away, or is it?
The Cambridge English dictionary defines Travel as:
to make a journey, usually over a long distance.
Although my addiction to overseas travel will never cease, I’m going to make an effort to embrace the island I live on. I’ll throw my walking boots in the car, stick a pin in the map and see where the road takes me. I have travelled around the world so maybe its now time to travel across the UK and use a “UK staycation” as a way to discover some hidden treasures in my own country.
Do you take time to travel in your own country for more than a few hours or days? Would the thought of not venturing further afield fill you with dread?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic, so please feel free to leave a comment below.