A staycation is no way to vacation

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Kaye Holland is yet to be convinced by the merits of a staycation

For the past three weeks I’ve watched as friends, family and work colleagues have departed London in their droves for Las Vegas, Ibiza and other hot – in every sense of the word – destinations.

I’ve seen their smug  status updates – Vegas, baby! – and  watched  pictures of Pina Coladas and palm trees flood my Facebook and Instagram newsfeed and pretended not to care that I am spending the summer in the capital, rather than stretched out on a sun longer.

I love London in August – or at least that’s the line I invariably trot out to anyone who asks why I am staycationing this summer. It’s not a complete lie: London really does look rather lovely right now. The weather is good and the capital’s innumerable attractions – its brilliant parks, carnivals, theatres, restaurants, art galleries,museums and markets – are a lot less crowded meaning those who haven’t ventured abroad can enjoy them without fear of getting crushed.

 

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Getting around is easier too. Make no mistake: securing a seat on the tube journey to and from work is an instant mood booster. But, but… for all that, I can’t help but bleat: a staycation is no way to vacation.

For while I’m relishing the t-shirt temperatures and the chance to soak up my city in a more relaxed manner, the fact remains that for me a holiday isn’t a holiday unless it involves an airport and a few hours (at least) spent up in the sky switched off from modern life en-route to an exciting new destination.

Which is why I’ve crumbled and booked a cheeky trip to Tel Aviv (bomb threats not withstanding) in September. I’ve tried – I really have – to enjoy a summer holiday at home dining from M&S deli but alas, it’s no use. My Father and other Anglophiles may adhere to the view that “nothing beats a glorious English summer”,  but sadly (for my finances) it’s not a stance I share.

Or in the words of Robert Louis Stevenson: “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.  I travel for travel’s sake.  The great affair is to move.”

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