Staycations are nothing new
This kind of vacation used to be simply called “Balconia“ (from balcony: holidays in Balconia) in German: to spend your holiday at home and nearby. It only became en vogue over the course of the last few years, with the effect and the speed of climate change becoming more obvious. In the meantime, it feels increasingly just as warm as in Southern Europe. In addition, the steadily growing number of air travellers has led to the term “overtourism“ being coined. Thus the trend towards staycation is flourishing. A plus for the climate and for your wallet.
There are even more advantages. The local economy and the community benefit from people staying at home and interacting with their surroundings. After years of going abroad in the summer, this year we clearly decided: “We’re staying at home!“ At long last more time to do things we usually don’t get round to. More time available to talk to people and meet friends or family. The social aspect of staycations very much comes to the fore.
Staycations open our eyes to our local surroundings
Whether we went for a short break at the nearby camping site or a longer walk in our own vicinity, the climatic effects which we will recurrently have to take into account in the coming years quickly became visible after some expeditions through the local fields and forests. The monoculture pine forest is currently under intense scrutiny, as the increasing number of forest fires is reducing the forest cover. Persistent drought causes the groundwater level to drop and fields to dry out. Germany, which is usually so rich in water, suddenly becomes thirsty.
As a result, for the second year in a row, farmers are complaining about the poor harvest. At the annual harvest festival, the local forest warden announced that domestic livestock, especially mammals, have not yet been affected by climate-induced changes. Nevertheless, we already see a general trend of entire species moving north, as NABU notes. Birds and insects are particularly badly affected by the climatic changes. For instance, the melodious warbler, a Southern bird species, has already significantly expanded its range into Germany. Animals found in natural habitats such as mountains and moorland, however, are moving even further north due to their preference for a cooler climate. While the phenomenon of bee deaths might not be news to you, you may wish to consider supporting bees through BeeGood.
Staycations mean recreation
So don’t pack your suitcases, don’t plan your holidays, just cross your doorstep and rediscover your familiar surroundings. With over 3,000 lakes, the Land of Brandenburg truly is a recreational treasure trove. Try it out, it’s worth it!
Beware: the next post will deal with the topic of “Workation”!