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The noun is a blend of stay +‎ vacation.[1] The verb is derived from the noun.



staycation (plural staycations)

  1. (informal) A vacation spent at or close to home. [from mid 20th c.]
    Synonyms: homecation, staycay (rare)
    • 2009, C. Michael Hall; Alan A. Lew, “Futures of Tourism”, in Understanding and Managing Tourism Impacts: An Integrated Approach, Abingdon, Oxfordshire; New York, N.Y.: Routledge, →ISBN, page 323:
      Increasing product lifespans and decreased energy use may also enable both efficiency and sufficiency [...]. This includes means by which materials are used more productively (i.e. the same quantity providing a longer service) and throughput is slowed (i.e. products are replaced less frequently, plus, in the case of tourism, distance of travel is less – the so-called ‘staycation’ approach).
    • 2009, Scott M. Spann, “Step 4: Create a Personal Spending Plan”, in Tax Resolution and Financial Freedom: Using the Financial Planning Process to Deal with Tax Debt, Mount Pleasant, S.C.: LifeSpan Financial Planning, →ISBN, part II (Starting the Tax Resolution Process), page 70:
      This extreme "no" discretionary spending plan does not have to eliminate fun from your life. It actually challenges you to find creative sources of entertainment and "staycations" (vacations at home or near your home town).
    1. (Britain) A holiday spent in one's own country without travelling abroad.
      • 2009 August 31, Nicholas Lezard, “Down and Out in London”, in New Statesman[1], London: New Statesman Ltd., ISSN 1364-7431, OCLC 185357433, archived from the original on 1 December 2012, page 54:
        It's holiday time again. Having invented the staycation – no, I don't like the word either – four years ago when we ran out of money and out of patience with French traffic, we are sticking to principle and, as we did four months ago, hanging out at Tom Hodgkinson's gaff in north Devon.
      • 2019 December 4, Paul Stephen, “At the Heart of the Local Community”, in Rail, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire: Bauer Media, ISSN 0953-4563, OCLC 999467860, page 58:
        The rise in patronage partly reflects the growing trend for ‘staycations’ in the UK, in addition to Pitlochry’s status as the southern gateway to the world-famous Cairngorms National Park.
    2. (US) A vacation spent at one's own home without other overnight accommodation.
      • 1997, Pathfinders Travel: The Travel Magazine for People of Color, Philadelphia, Pa.: Pathfinders Inc., ISSN 1096-0708, OCLC 37578058, page 64:
        If you're feeling the pinch of high gas prices and job woes, try a "Staycation", the new industry term for staying at home and enjoying yourself.
      • 2009 August, Nancy Conner, “Going Green: Transportation and Travel”, in Dawn Frausto, editor, Living Green: The Missing Manual, Sebastopol, Calif.: O’Reilly Media, →ISBN, part 2 (Greening Your Lifestyle), page 246:
        Instead of going away for a vacation, consider a staycation. That's when you stay home and explore your hometown—try a new restaurant, hike a local park, or visit that museum you've been meaning to check out.
      • 2010, Brian Kluth; with Stan Guthrie, “Protection Principles”, in Christopher Reese, editor, Experience God as Your Provider: Finding Financial Stability in Unstable Times, Chicago, Ill.: Moody Publishers, →ISBN, part 2 (Receive God’s Principles), page 99:
        [O]ne family I know realized they didn't have the money available for their usual summer camping trip. So instead of going on a vacation they decided to have a "staycation." They parked their pop-up camper in their driveway at home, set up some tents on the lawn, and slept in them every night. They cooked out every day with the grill and found free concerts, museums, and events in their own city.
      • 2014, Arianna Huffington, “Wonder”, in Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-being, Wisdom, and Wonder, New York, N.Y.: Harmony Books, →ISBN, page 193:
        For me, whether I'm on a visit to a monastery in Greece or an elaborately planned staycation (that involves disengaging from all my devices, going on long hikes or walks, yoga classes and unhurried meditations, sleeping in with no alarms, and reading actual books you can underline that have nothing to do with work), the essential element is to regain that sense of wonder.
      • 2014 November, Paula Treick DeBoard, “Curtis”, in The Fragile World, Don Mills, Ont.: Harlequin Mira, →ISBN, page 108:
        I could stop this right now, I thought. We could unpack the car and go back to our lives—a staycation in our own home.

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staycation (third-person singular simple present staycations, present participle staycationing, simple past and past participle staycationed)

  1. (intransitive, informal) To spend a vacation at or close to home.
    Synonym: staycate
    • 2008, Peter D[avid] Schiff, The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets: How to Keep Your Portfolio Up when the Market is Down (Little Book Big Profits Series), Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons, →ISBN, page 196:
      They may fill some of the airline seats and hotel rooms left vacant by staycationing locals.
      A use of the word as an adjective.
    1. (Britain) To take a holiday in one's own country as opposed to travelling abroad.
    2. (US) To spend a vacation at one's own home without other overnight accommodation.


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