Has it Really Gotten This Bad?

8.22.2008
by gregor

An emerging travel “trend” makes me nervous

I like to think that I’m the kind of guy who knows what’s trendy before the world turns and embraces a new idea, with travel, obviously, but with everything else as well. If we at Global Basecamps can’t either enthusiastically or derisively comment on a suggestion being made about a new style of travel or an emerging destination than it makes trip design just a little less fun. With that said I somehow totally missed the boat on what is being heralded as not just a “growing” trend but also what is being called by Ecotravel News as “the ultimate in ecotravel.” Is it kayaking on the Black Sea? Walking around the world? Working with local communities in Columbia? No, no and no. It’s not leaving home. It’s the staycation.

Here is the definition of the staycation:

A staycation (or stay-cation, or stacation) is a period of time in which an individual or family stays at home and relaxes at home or takes day trips from their home to area attractions. Staycations have achieved high popularity in current hard economic times in which unemployment levels and gas prices are high.

Common activities of a staycation include use of the backyard pool, visits to local parks and museums, and attendance at local festivals.

I’m shocked and amazed that I somehow missed this emerging travel trend for so long that by the time I heard about it had a definition in Wikipedia and it was being written up by such media titans as the Wall Street Journal and the Wichita Eagle. Didn’t this used to be called taking a day off of work? The only good thing about finding out about this so late in the game is that everyone at Global Basecamps, and most of the people we know, have been going on staycations for decades. In fact, I was on staycation for 2 years in my early twenties! I have some friends who went on staycation after college and they’re still on staycation! Maybe we didn’t know what it was called but we embraced the trend long before everyone else started doing it so our reputation stands untarnished.

Here’s a thought: if you want to stay home and not do anything for a couple of days or a week or a month than more power to you but it’s not a vacation. Taking the kids to Great Adventure is not ecotravel. Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather be on Lightning Loops right now than going into the office but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

Want to save some of your hard-earned dollars and still go out and see something new? Go to the Third World and live on twenty dollars a day and take local transportation everywhere. As a special added bonus if you hang out with the locals you’ll get to meet some true masters of the staycation, people who have literally been on staycation their entire lives!

If you’d rather actually travel but still need to keep to a budget than I have a surprise for you. Shhh, it’s not quite ready yet but I’ll tell you a secret: there’s a new site acommin’ that will allow you to have your cake and eat it too: The Perfect Guesthouse

It’s where hotel style meets affordability and should make these downtimes a little more palatable. Oh, and most of them are truly sustainable and the rest are trying.

Or you could just put a tent up in your living room and unplug the phone.

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Comments

Gregor - You are hilarious. Staycation is a sad man's joke. I picture pizza and videogames in your boxers. Why don't people get that once you buy your ticket and actually 'get there', it can actually be cheaper than staying at home?
Sarah G

says... You are hilarious.

11.21.2008

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