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Definition: an at-home vacation, a vacation near by

Pronunciation: just like vacation, just starting with “stay”

Synonyms: daycation, nearcation


This is a newly introduced word to the English language, some say coined in a 2003 article in The Sun News. In 2009, staycation was already featured in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.

Why this word?

Well, the difference between staying at home and leaving on vacation is immense, but staycations teach us otherwise. I somewhere saw that the original coining of this word took place during the latest depression in the US, when people really wanted to go on vacation- but simply couldn’t afford it. Then, you’d say, they just stayed home- but, there is a big difference between staying home because you have no other options- and declaring that stay as a staycation! And this, to me, is the power of this word.

This is about decision making and how it affects our lives. Just returning from a long vacation (a real one, including a 10 hour flight and all), going back to work and living this gray office existence was very hard indeed- teaching me that each day spent at home is a vacation- and you should treat it as such, even if it is just ‘at home’!

Make the absolute best with what you can, when you can and however you can make the best out of it. As long as you make the very best out of it.

How to use the word staycation in a sentence?

Referring to any day or few days off you take to chill and enjoy, this is exactly how it is used.

“Dan called in sick today, but I know he’s taking one of his infamous staycation days! Oh I envy him badly”!


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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