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Is the 'daycation' set to replace the ‘staycation’ this year?

If new-word ‘staycation’ was quoted to the point of becoming a cliché last year, this year’s neologism could well be ‘daycation’. According to the National Trust, over 25% of us are planning to take at least ten single days off this year, reports the Daily Mail. Daycationers prefer a series of intense, single-day, UK holidays throughout the year, rather than a fortnight in one place, packing in cultural visits, sightseeing and foodie experiences.

The advantages of these ‘quick-fix’ trips, apart from the variety of destinations you see in a year, are big savings on hotel and travel bills, minimal planning and, importantly, no office backlog to deal with when you get back. Almost half of those interviewed said it was easier to unwind on a daycation than on a two-week holiday without the dread of work pile up on return, and 57% liked the fact that planning a daycation was less hassle than organising a long holiday.

A big plus, according to clinical psychologist Dr Cecilia d’Felice, is that ‘taking a daycation improves performance and safety at work, bonds family relationships and strengthens our vital social network... even a day-long break reduces stress, improves wellbeing and enhances quality of life’. National Trust spokesman Tony Berry added that their visitor numbers for 2009-2010 reached over 17 million people and is expecting even more people to enjoy National Trust houses, gardens, and outdoor spaces this year.

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