A few years ago, when economy woes hit the headlines and everybody reined in their vacation spending, travel-biz folks started talking up the concept of the â€œStaycationâ€ (whooping it up close to home) and its related concept, the â€œDaycation.â€ But I just now received the strangest email, from a company promoting what it calls a â€œHaycationâ€â€” aimed at city dwellers who want to explore the countryâ€”assuming, I guess, that all country adventures include a hayride.Â
Â So I started wondering whatâ€™ll come next. Gaycationâ€”if it hasnâ€™t been thought of yet, it will soon. Smart cities like Houston have already started promoting travel opportunities for gay and lesbian travelers, so I expect weâ€™ll see more of this. What about Praycationsâ€”trips to various places of worship and/or meditation? Nowaycations for workaholics who require WiFi in hotels, parks, restaurants, and sites they visit? LamÃ©cations, for sartorial-minded travelers who want to ditch their conservative workaday wear for glitzy spangles Ã la 1960s Las Vegas?Â Outstaycations, for travelers on a budget who crash on friendsâ€™ and relativesâ€™ sofas and donâ€™t offer to clean up or buy dinner? Disobeycations, for travelers who are upstanding citizens during the workweek but want to explore their rebellious sides? OlÃ©cations, for folks who want to practice Spanish and familiarize themselves with Texasâ€™ Hispanic heritage?
Â Paycations (blow the paycheck on something extravagant). Raycations (sun and fun). Spraycations (could be sailing, could be a graffiti workshops). Cafecations (tour of pie and coffee). Ospreycations (for bird specialists, of course.) RÃ©sumÃ©cations (seeing the sights while looking for a job). OutrÃ©cations (outrageous, unpredictable, and a lot of fun).
Â What say you? Am I on to something?