The Staycation: Making a Virtue out of Necessity

Throughout October and November, The Independent Online is partnering with the Battle of Ideas Festival to present a series of guest blogs from festival speakers on the key questions of our time.

This article by Dr Jim Butcher discusses the arguments for and against 'staycations'; a reduction in holidays abroad in favour of a domestic holiday will hurt  the overseas tourism trade - on the other hand, they undoubtedly benefit the domestic market.

Dr Jim Butcher is a lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, a Fellow of the RSA and author of several books and articles on the politics of travel and tourism.

Here's a link to current debates and the archive.