Staycation – The New Word in Travel

Sure times are tough all over but in Canada a poll suggests that residents of this country still want to let off steam by traveling. And even though the bad news keeps streaming out of the media outlets most Canadians still want a vacation and the statistics show that they will take them.However, these vacations will be closer to home that they have been in years. In other words they will take a staycation. In fact this type of leisure activity is becoming so popular that the word staycation has been included in the Webster Dictionary for 2009.A Canadian Press Harrris-Decima survey showed that out of the 59% of Canadians who have acknowledged that they will take a holiday this year 61% will take them close to home.Here’s how the rest of the poll went and how the vacationing patterns evolved:* 26% will vacation near their home city.
* 35% will holiday in their home province.
* 18% will travel outside Canada.This should be good news for local Canadian operators. Cottage rentals and theme parks should show healthy traffic but the high-end tourism accommodations outside the main centers and popular tourist areas may suffer.But how is the cash flow for vacationing.* 54% will spend the same amount as last year.
* 29% will spend less.This is because many of the holiday trips will include vestiges of “the old times.” This includes camping in provincial campgrounds, staying with friends or taking day trips.To compete with the staycation trend many accommodations operators situated a little further away are offering deals to entice local residents to have a “vacation at home.” This is great if the place has a swimming pool or small park for young children. The main thrust of the advertising is that a vacation does not have to be far from home to be a vacation.

East Grinstead – West Sussex – An Excellent Location For Adventure and Leisure

East Grinstead is a wealthy town in West Sussex, England. Much of the population found in East Grinstead commute to London for work. Many of the commuters prefer to live in this quiet town and work in the busier city of London. It has plenty to do and see for residents and visitors alike. There are an abundance of shops to occupy the time, looking for that perfect souvenir. Outdoor activities are many, for those wishing to spend time out of doors.Besides the many shops in East Grinstead, the buildings themselves are architectural wonders. High Street is filled with 14th century buildings that beg to be seen, even though almost all of them have been altered in some way or another.Old St. Margaret’s Convent is located on this same street, no longer an active convent; it has been changed over to housing. Almshouses that were founded by the Earl of Dorset in 1609 are used by Sackville College and are supported by descendents of the Earl.Another architectural delight is St. Swithin’s Church that was brought back to life, from scratch, in the 18th century following the collapse of its tower. There are three graves in this church that belong to martyrs who were burned at the stake in 1665. For history buffs and art goers, the East Grinstead Museum is a great way to enjoy a leisurely afternoon. Other historical pieces can be found in Standen, the Victorian house filled with objects from the 1920s that relate to the Arts and Crafts Movement.The Bluebell Line travels through the gorgeous countryside of the city, it is the steam railway adored by many. This scenic area is a wonderful place to explore on foot as well, especially in the Weir Wood Reservoir. Created in 1951 and consisting of 280 acres, there is plenty of room for walkers to revel in the beauty of the surrounding forests.