Is it better to go on a UK vacation or stay in the country? Britons consider a trip to the UK to be a “genuine holiday.”
STAYCATIONS have been popular among Britons this year, but there appears to be a misunderstanding about the term. Britons are pushing back, claiming that a staycation is nothing more than a vacation.
Susanna Reid told GMB viewers this morning that when she stated she went on a holiday to Cornwall, she received some hostility.
“Went to beautiful Cornwall,” she said. I was chastised for calling it a staycation. Ben, this isn’t a staycation.” Ben Shephard agreed, and Britons are echoing his sentiments on social media.
A staycation in Cornwall is not the same as a vacation.
“A staycation is when you stay at home, if you vacation within your home, whether you go to Devon or Cornwall…” Ben explained.
“I believed that was a lockdown,” Susanna explained.
Dan Walker of the BBC expressed his dissatisfaction with the staycation trend on Twitter.
“I may be being dumb, but isn’t being at home (and going on day trips, etc) a ‘staycation?’” he wrote. It’s still a HOLIDAY if you stay in a hotel, B&B, or rent a house in the same nation! “I’m done ranting.”
And Britons have flocked to defend the outdated meaning.
“Vacation isn’t British for a start,” one said. And I suppose staying means not leaving the country for a vacation. Terminology from a clearly American source.”
A few people said it was simply the media’s fault.
“However, Americans do not use the term ‘staycation’ to describe a vacation in their own country,” one person noted. I first heard the term more than 20 years ago (my brother’s wife is from Canada), and it refers to spending your vacation at home. It’s the holiday firms and the media in the United Kingdom that are getting it wrong.”
“‘Staycation’ is a media-created buzzword,” another agreed.
Britons have taken to social media to scream and claim that a UK vacation is exactly that: a vacation. There’s no need for another word to describe it.
“I don’t recall my childhood holidays in a caravan at Tenby being termed anything other than a holiday,” one wrote.
“Staycation is another another horrible American term that people seem to have adopted,” someone said. I haven’t done so. We have vacations here; even if we don’t travel anyplace, it’s still a vacation. It’s always been like way. It’s a departure from the ordinary. You are not required to attend work, school, or other activities. It’s the weekend.”
The names of British holidays are extremely important to them.
And it all stems from “Brinkwire Summary News,” as they call it.