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To guide holiday choices and ease debate about the definition of a ‘staycation’, a new at-a-glance glossary (one-page summary attached) has been issued by hospitality experts to help holidaymakers find the right word to describe their never-to-be-forgotten holiday experience.

Tom Messett, founder of, said: “There’s no question that this will be a memorable time for holidaymakers. Despite the difficulties, pubs, restaurants, takeaways, hotels and B&Bs are doing all that they can to welcome guests.  To help avoid squabbling about what to call their break on their postcards and Instagram posts, we’ve assembled a simple guide to the options for holidaymakers.”

A one-page graphic is attached. For easy reference, the guide can be downloaded from

The 2020 Holiday Glossary:

Staycation – “A holiday at home – and ONLY at home.”  OR. “A holiday in the UK which MIGHT or MIGHT NOT be at home.”

Dismaycation – “A holiday filled with arguments about whether a staycation is a holiday exclusively at home or whether it is a holiday anywhere in the UK.”

Claycation – “I thought you packed the shovel and wellingtons.”

Keepawaycation – Either a holiday in a part of the UK with a spike in cases or a tourist part of the UK where lots of people have second homes.

Takeawaycation – Global culinary tour within three blocks of home.

Playcation – “When you said ‘console’, I thought you meant comforting me at a time of disappointment”.

Cafécation – Breton shirt, beret, espresso and croissant in the local café every morning at 7.

Overpaycation – “To reserve you place, please pay the full amount in advance.  Full details will be sent to you in due course.”

Onewaycation – A holiday on which new stringent quarantine rules kick in for the UK on the outward journey.

Repaycation – “We’re afraid that your airline has ceased trading.  We suggest you rebook with another provider, but please note that only first-class seats might be available.”

Toupeecation – “There are warnings of gales in Viking, Forties, Dogger, Fisher, Sole and Bailey.”

Valetcation – Just you, cleaning products and the house.

Braycation – A holiday near donkeys.

Daycation – “England’s lovely but you can do it in a day.”

Greycation – UK summer inner-city break.

Praycation – “I probably packed it, but I can’t be sure.”

Preycation – “I quite fancy Longleat or Cotswolds antique shops.”

Traycation – A holiday eating in front of the telly finishing Netflix.

Weighcation – See above.

Astraycation – “It’s not my fault there’s no reception.  If we’d left when I said it’d still be light.”

Buffetcation – Maximise your one-visit salad plate by starting with a foundation screed of sweetcorn and potato salad.

Hallwaycation – All packed, ready to go, and then…

Superhighwaycation – At home, googling places for next year, Edith Piaf on Spotify, Goat’s cheese pizza in the oven.

Jean Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet-cation – A holiday researching the life of one of the first exponents of a theory of evolution based on his analysis of the gradual lengthening of giraffe necks in the fossil record.

Shizosaccharomycetaea-cation – A holiday with a family of yeasts.

To help keep holidaymakers of all kinds safe, has developed an app that enables guests to book, order, pay, get loyalty points and more in restaurants, pubs, takeaways and hotels, avoiding unnecessary contact with menus, payment terminals and more.