Vacation vs Staycation - What's the difference?

vacation | staycation |

As nouns the difference between vacation and staycation

is that vacation is freedom from some business or activity while staycation is (neologism) a vacation spent close to home.

As verbs the difference between vacation and staycation

is that vacation is to spend or take a vacation while staycation is (neologism|intransitive) to spend a vacation close to home.




(en noun)
  • Freedom from some business or activity.
  • (obsolete) Free time given over to a specific purpose; occupation, activity.
  • *, II.28:
  • The first exploited his, sundrie waies, and excelleth in military exploits, and utilitie of his publike vacations .
  • A period during which official activity or business is formally suspended; an official holiday from university, law courts etc.
  • (North America) A holiday; a stretch of leisure time away from work or duty and devoted to rest or pleasure.
  • The act of vacating something; moving out.
  • The Conservative Party’s vacation of the centre ground gave an opportunity to its opponents.
  • (US, legal) The act of making legally void.
  • Synonyms

    * (UK) holiday (1,4), annulment (2), revocation (2)


    (en verb)
  • To spend or take a vacation.
  • This year, we’re vacationing in Mexico.


    * (UK) go on holiday * *


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    (en noun)
  • (neologism) A vacation spent close to home.
  • * 2009 : Nicholas Lezard, Down and out in London'', a column in the '' , 31st August 2009 issue, 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.

    Usage notes

    * Seen as silly or derogative in many cases, e.g., the traditional image of a child whose friends have all gone on trips during the summer while the child is stuck at home.


    (en verb)
  • (neologism) To spend a vacation close to home.
  • * 2008 , Peter D. Schiff, The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets (page 196)
  • They may fill some of the airline seats and hotel rooms left vacant by staycationing locals.