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Creating Mindful Moments

We all yearn for utter escapism from time to time, right, and there’s something powerful about breaking up our monotonous weekly routines with micro-adventure. Just think about the last time you woke up somewhere different: the sense of anticipation for the day ahead, the feeling of contentment as you allowed yourself to unwind, and the satisfying exhaustion from a commitment-free day in the fresh air.‍The Staycation Collection was created as a place of inspiration for travel within Germany; somewhere it was guaranteed you’d find stylish stays, from stunning-scenic retreats to cool city breaks, and where you could get insider tips on how to spend your time. We invite you to join the club


noun | informal: ‍A holiday spent in one's home country rather than abroad

Our Values

Human connection.

We believe travel is a powerful tool to help us connect with others, thus increasing compassion and cultural understanding.

Sustainable travel.

Shifting our holiday habits has a huge impact on the climate. By travelling domestically (by train not plane), you're doing good.

Support independent.

The world is more colourful when it's filled with independently run business; we do our best to showcase and support them.

Our Story

The Staycation Collection started as a passion project.

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.

About emily

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.

Discover Germany's most beautiful corners.

I love your website. As a Brit who moved to Germany last year and loves travelling, finding hidden gems of self catering or quaint guesthouses isn’t always so easy. I’ve stayed in a few now!


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