Is it a holiday, or are you just ‘going away’?

Some people we know have come up for a holiday in what could be described as a very touristy location.

But is it for a ‘holiday’?

They have come from one state and are staying in what could be called an apartment, not a hotel.  They are here for a week.

So, they have a kitchen of sorts and can cook their own meals, unlike staying in a hotel room and having to eat out or in the hotel restaurant, and the apartment has a mini laundry.

How much different is this to being at home?

Perhaps we need to have a definition of the word ‘holiday’ and its variations.

A lot of people use the term ‘vacation’.  Others use the term ‘leave’.  Leave’s a difficult term because it can cover a number of types such as annual, sick, and maternity.

But whatever we want to call it, is it when you’re taking some time away from work.

But is it when you go ‘away’, that is to say anywhere but home?

You say, ‘I’m going on vacation.”

We say, “Oh, where are you going?”

Some say camping.  Is that any different than staying in an apartment, or even a holiday house?  Still all the same chores, cooking, cleaning, washing.

Some might say they’re staying with relatives either on the other side of the country or on the other side of the world.

There are those who go camping.  Just mind the bugs, wild animals, and bears.

Some stay in self serve apartments where it’s just like being at home, only somewhere a little different.

But to truly have a holiday in every sense of the word, it seems that can only be achieved by staying in a 5-star hotel, or by going on what is a more recent phenomenon, embarking on an all-inclusive cruise where you don’t have to do anything at all.

For me, I’ll stick to the 5-star hotels.

3 thoughts on “Is it a holiday, or are you just ‘going away’?

  1. We stay at Airbnb’s wherever we go, to have kitchen facilities. But interestingly, we still tend to go out to eat. We like saving money, especially on laundry or per night. In Portugal, we rented a two-bedroom apartment 5 minutes walk to the beach, and we paid less than $30 a night, got to know the people around us, and took long drives to other cities. For me, a hotel costs more and is so impersonal, although there are times when only a hotel will do. I just love traveling, and we get to do more of it, two or three times a year, by saving on housing. We love Airbnb, and have been blessed to have had no really bad experiences. We had to change places in Portugal once because the apartment didn’t have heat, but it was supposed to be warm there. But a vacation is any time I can go someplace I never have seen, engage with people, and feel joy.

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    1. We used to stay in hotels, and got to be known, and had platinum membership, but with COVIS that’s all gone now, and we stay in cottages (as they call them here – with kitchen and laundry) in our own country. We don’t think, with COVID and finding ourselves less mobile, we will venturing too far from Australia or New Zealand any more.

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