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what marketing 'genius' do we credit for the early rollout of this zinger of a term?

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Its becoming common now days. I've heard "Daycation" as well. (close to home places where you can spend a day). Families are finding creative ways to spend their vacation with all the high gas prices.

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I've heard of the term before it got in 'vogue' with higher gas prices. I usually take one week of my vacation time per year (currenty 5 weeks, getting a 6th in December!!) as a 'staycation' were I get to catch up on home projects and explore more of my home area.

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I kind of hate the term, especially in its current use in relation to "high" gas prices. It's as if every vacation requires a car.

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That's all I do.... nothing like home! There's always something to do, at home! And there's always something going on around town... or even a few miles outside of town. Going across state lines or to other countries is overrated. That's why they created the Travel Channel, so you don't have to.

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I kind of hate the term...

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As for what this actually is, I had a friend who used one week a year to stay home and never gave it much thought. Last year my partner and I took off 6 days around the Labor Day weekend. Travel plans got screwed up and we ended up staying at home. We didn't tell anyone we work with, stayed at our condo, at the pool, cooked most all meals together at home, watched movies, and basically chilled like we were on vacation the whole time. It was actually one of the most relaxing vacations I've had. We did a long weekend of this again at the beginning of this summer.

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That's all I do.... nothing like home! There's always something to do, at home! And there's always something going on around town... or even a few miles outside of town. Going across state lines or to other countries is overrated. That's why they created the Travel Channel, so you don't have to.

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Never heard of it. "I took a staycation...." That doesn't sound very intelligent to me.

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If my job had me constantly traveling around the world, then a staycation might sound appealing.

Sacrificing a vacation because of fuel prices seems ridiculous to me. Aren't vacations about spending money?

If the price of fuel is the issue, why not take a look at your everyday routines?

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Hartford just put up a big banner above the highway entering downtown. Something about STAYCATION CONNECTICUT.

looks stupid.

But as far as my opinion.

I hate the idea of letting gas affect your life. I save vigorously so I can travel. I just got back from the west coast, and spent frivalously while there. I will be heading to Scottland this fal the airfare be damned. but I also will never finance a car (the worst investment every american loves to make) I will never cary credit card debt.(the 2nd worst investment)

Since I save thousands a year by bringing my lunch to work, and owning my car outright and never carying a balance on my credit cards.

I do not mean to sound like I am preaching, but if the simple ways to save that I use make it so my wife and I can go where ever we want while people who earn the same as us are struggling to pay the bills.

Also, paying say 800 per person to fly to Europe while it is expensive, it is not that bad when you think about spending 200 a night to sleep and even more on entertainment and food. The thing that has put any caution into my travel plans has been the fall in value of the $US vs the Euro. The way too expensive for my blood honeymoon I went on last year for $7000 would cost 8031 today. The airfare would just be an additional 400 between the two of us. So the same trip might cost 1500 more this year vs last year.

I am hoping to do 2 weeks in Scotland for something like 4k-5k including air.

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Just a new term for something that people have done for a long time. But if it becomes a trend, then the media likes to coin a new term so they have a new way to talk about the same old thing.

I don't think at the heart of it it's a matter of choosing whether or not to go on vacation, but just whether you are going to travel any great distances or just stick around locally. In some ways I think this new focus on non-travel vacations might be a good thing for cities. People are going to start taking a good look at what their city has to offer (or doesn't). They will not only become more interested in their city, but they will also realize that they can make their city a lot more interesting just by putting a little effort into it.

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