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41. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 832 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

A vacation that does not mean travel - around here that is called a Stay-cation. It's not usually much of a vacation for the person in the family that does the cooking and cleaning.

We used to use that phrase to mean spending your holiday time at home, maybe taking days out to explore, but these days it seems to also include holidays taken in your home country without travelling abroad. Last summer, which was unusually hot here, the news reports talked about people taking a staycation rather than going to Spain or similar package resort destinations.

42. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 659 posts) 1w 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting JetlagWarriors

This thread is getting a bit out of whack.

I prefer to travel in a certain way. Simply by having preferences that means I must feel the alternatives are beneath me? By choosing A it means I hate anyone who has ever done B? What? I think that is a seriously childish way to look at things.

I am kind of confused as to where this is coming from. This idea that because I identified a spectrum of options, with adventure at one side and relaxation at the other, I feel superior in some way?

My parents have been taking vacations for years. They quite enjoy it. Wait, because I prefer to stay in hostels, my parents and I are mortal enemies now? This whole debate is so tribal. My team vs your team, right? That wasn't what I intended when I started the thread.

There are different ways to do things. 'If you prefer travel you must hate vacation' is a lazy way to think -- just as lazy as 'travel and vacation are entirely the exact same thing in every single way'.

Anyway, happy travels to all.

To be honest reading your original post in isolation, I do get the impression you are disparaging (though it is gentle I might add) what you call "vacation travel". It may not have been your intention but you have to remember when you are writing something what it sounds like in your mind doesn't always translate on screen and so other people will read it differently. If you are writing a blog it might be useful to get someone else to read your article before posting to see if the ideas in your mind are being understood correctly by the readers;).

As for travel vs vacation I always thought the debate is a bit of a shallow first world dilemma. Tourists would be better off contemplating how their visits impact local communities rather than their social media "authenticity status". To locals you will always be a tourist no matter how authentic you think you are being and for the locals most times that is not a bad thing. They usually don't mind tourists because tourism is an industry that they can make money, have employment, perhaps better their lives, keep the next generation from moving away, even preserve traditions that would otherwise die out. But there are instances where it does go wrong and knowing where to spend your travel funds to best impact local communities is far more helpful than trying to "be like a local".

43. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 832 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Teoni

knowing where to spend your travel funds to best impact local communities is far more helpful than trying to "be like a local".

Excellent point!

44. Posted by Peter (Admin 6641 posts) 6d Star this if you like it!

Vacation is just a subset of travelling.

In the same way that adventure travel, business travel, family travel, cruise travel, etc.. are all subsets of travel.

All of them are travel. Not all of travel is all of those things.

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