Bonnie Taylor-Blake taylor-blake at NC.RR.COM
Sun Jul 6 16:10:30 UTC 2008

It's hard not to bump into the "staycation" these days.


[From "Summer Staycation," *The Atlanta Journal-Constitution*, 26 June 2008,
Pg. NC15.]

In tough economic times, homeowners are planning at-home vacations. From
rising airfares and gasoline prices, to the hassle and stress of travel
itself, many homeowners are opting to create a vacation spot in their own
backyard. Dubbed a "staycation," this at-home retreat is characterized by
finding rest, relaxation and the amenities of a vacation in the comfort of
one's home.


(Some staycationers incorporate day trips to local attractions in their
"non-travel" plans.)

As of last night, there were 203 hits for "staycation" in Factiva (196 in
2008, 5 in 2007, 1 in 2006, and 1 in 2005) and 282 in Lexis (274 in 2008, 6
in 2007, 1 in 2006, and 1 in 2005).  The term was added to the Urban
Dictionary (online) in 2006; its appearance in 2005 follows [1].

And the "travel buzzword" came up on "The Daily Show" just last month [2].
Correspondent John Hodgman introduces us to his alternative, the "holistay,"
and the "hometel."

-- Bonnie

[1] [From "Stick around for the Lazy, Hazy Days of August," *The Washington
Post*, 4 August 2005, Pg. C02.]

We love August because it seems like everyone is gone.  The city empties
out.  The commute becomes bearable.  It's the perfect time for a
"staycation," to dig in those heels and enjoy the comforts of home:
300-thread-count sheets, stainless outdoor fire pit, well-stocked fridge.


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