A staycation (a portmanteau of "stay" and "vacation"), or holistay (a portmanteau of "holiday" and "stay"), is a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within day trip distance of their home and does not require overnight accommodation.[2] In British English the term has increasingly come to refer to domestic tourism: taking a holiday in one's own country as opposed to travelling abroad.[3][4][5][6]

Relaxing in a backyard swimming pool is one of the activities sometimes enjoyed during a staycation.
In Hong Kong, the term may refer to a domestic tourism vacation at a hotel elsewhere in the territory[1]

Common activities of a staycation include use of a backyard pool, visits to local parks and museums, and attendance at local festivals and amusement parks. Some staycationers also like to follow a set of rules, such as setting a start and end date, planning ahead, and avoiding routine, with the goal of creating the feel of a traditional vacation.[7]

Staycations achieved popularity in the U.S. during the financial crisis of 2007–2010.[8][9] Staycations also became a popular phenomenon in the UK in 2009 as a weak pound sterling made overseas holidays significantly more expensive.[10][dubious ]

In 2020, staycations became common due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[11]