Staycation vs Vacation: Busting those staycation myths

During the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has reduced international travel, and popularised the notion of the ‘staycation’. However, there are a few misconceptions when it comes to these kinds of holidays. Here are some examples of unfounded staycation myths… 

Myth 1 – ‘Staycation’ means vacationing at home

It is true that one definition of a staycation is to stay at home and partake in day trips to visit local attractions, coined in the 1940s in the US. However, in British English, the term is frequently used to mean taking a holiday in your home country as opposed to travelling abroad. 

Myth 2 – A staycation is the same as a city break

A city break is usually thought of as a short holiday spent in a city. This city could be anywhere in the world, such as Paris or Rome, and might perhaps be the length of a long weekend, or 2 to 4 days. 

On the other hand, a staycation doesn’t have to take place in a city and can be as long as you like. The UK has a wonderful selection of seaside, country and city getaways to choose from. 

Myth 3 – Holidays in the UK cannot be luxury getaways 

You might think of holidaying in our nation’s capital, for example, as quite touristy. However, you can get the best of both worlds with Dorsett Hotel, City

This hotel is a short walk from most tourist attractions whilst also providing contemporary elegance in the city. As this hotel is complete with rooftop bar and two modern British restaurants, your stay there is guaranteed to be luxurious. 

Myth 4 – UK holidays are only good in the summer 

There are plenty of staycation destinations for all times of the year; in fact, some of them are even better in the cooler months. 

Imagine going for a brisk hike in the snow-capped peaks of the Lake District, strolling by frozen lakes and then cosying up in front of the log fire in your cabin (with hot chocolate, of course!). 

Myth 5 – Staycations are only for older people

Staycationing is often associated with the older generations due to the golden age of British seaside resorts, camping and, of course, caravanning. However, whilst 31% of 30-59-year-olds have booked a camping site several times, 18-29-year-olds and over 60s are close behind with 22% each. 

Though millennials and Gen Z might not enjoy caravanning or camping as much as their parents, there are many other options such as glamping and road-tripping in a classic VW campervan. 

Myth 6 – There is better weather abroad 

The UK is known for its grey skies, strong winds and constant drizzling rain. However, the UK’s weather is extremely variable from day to day, season to season, year to year and place to place, due to where the country is positioned on the planet. 

For example, according to the Met Office, July in London comes with a mean daily maximum temperature of 23.5°C. Elsewhere in southern England, this average is 21°C, whereas the Shetlands carry an average mean daily maximum temperature of 15°C.