Like many folks, we’re not going out of town this year for vacation. Buying a new house has certainly put a crimp in any travel, but more importantly, gas prices are keeping us near home. We’re planning to take a jaunt to Bozeman, Montana to see some dino bones eventually, but that’s as far a field as we are going. So, I guess that puts us in the group of those taking “stay-cations”.
This phrase was coined recently and many folks are latching on to it as the perfect description for staying home and exploring their own neighborhoods during their time off. I’m all for the idea but I really don’t like the term.
Why, you might ask. Well, I have never liked made up, cutesy words in the first place. But more importantly, “stay-cations” are a make-do solution to high gas prices and a bad economy and the term just makes it more palatable. Sure, make the best of a bad situation and find fun near your home, but there’s no need to call it a “stay-cation”.
Unfortunately, the reality now is that many people can’t afford to travel to their favorite (distant) destinations. That’s just how it is. The people that control our economy and the forces that make gas over four bucks a gallon are the primary causes of it. By all means, let’s find fun things to do closer to home but by giving this (hopefully temporary) situation a term like “stay-cation”, we signal our acceptance of the new reality and an embrace of being forced to stay home during time off.
Hello? Is this thing on? (echo echo echo) Ok, I’m in the minority on this, I’m sure. Me, Jon Stewart, and the guys who order kids to get off their lawns. But I’m a big believer in the power of words, so I’ll stick to my vacation guns here and point out loudly that the Emperor has neither a Hawaiian shirt, flip flops nor a Speedo on.
Happy Vacation to you all – whether you are going to the beach, Disneyland, or your own back yard.