We believe travel is a powerful tool to help us connect with others, thus increasing compassion and cultural understanding.
Shifting our holiday habits has a huge impact on the climate. By travelling domestically (by train not plane), you're doing good.
The world is more colourful when it's filled with independently run business; we do our best to showcase and support them.
When founder and travel expert Emily McDonnell moved to Germany, she was excited about weekend trips to explore the country she'd decided to call home. Excitedly she began searching, but she struggled to find beautiful and affordable places to stay and instead booked flights to Spain.
She felt so guilty knowing both that she wasn't exploring the world on her doorstep and that her travel habits weren't sustainable.
She started researching and researching, and curated a "bucket list" of cabins, B&Bs and holiday homes she wanted to visit. Friends kept asking to see it, and thus The Staycation Collection was born.
She loves to share her favourite places to stay, as well as the stories of the people behind our properties - they're passionate, imaginative and full of insider knowledge, and she can't wait for you to meet them.
With over 8+ years of professional experience as a travel writer and boutique accommodation expert, Emily knows a thing or two about what makes places to stay special.
She has written about travel for The Guardian, Suitcase Magazine, i-escape, a range of inflight magazines (Norwegian, EasyJet, Eurostar), Tip Berlin and the exberliner. Additionally she is a communications expert who has collaborated with Oxford University, the European Commission and the World Economic Forum.
"Secret destinations and unique holiday homes in Germany [...] Taking all the hassle out of vacation planning is The Staycation Collection [...] Using the site feels personal."
“The Staycation Collection is a beautiful picture-book collection of holiday homes and boutique hotels in Germany that hardly anyone knows about.”
"The Staycation Collection provides better travel experiences and a more sustainable way to travel. "
"You must follow the slow travel project The Staycation Collection. Founder Emily McDonnell has a wonderful way with words and worlds."