15+ Slang Words For Vacation (And How To Use Them)

When the world seems a little too heavy, it's nice to take a vacation once in a while. Being on a vacation means to take time off from one's busy matters, whether by going to the beach, on the hills, camping in the countryside, or simply, staying at home. Here are some slang words for vacation.

Slang Words for Vacation (in Alphabetical Order)

B & B

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A modern travel slang that stands for establishments that offer “Bed & Breakfast”.
  • Example: Since the hotel was full, any local B&B would do for a night’s worth of stay before the proper vacation.

Break 

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A short time of rest.
  • Example: Arnold and Anne just got married but they need a break from each other to save the marriage. Luckily, they can go to their parents’ for the holidays.

Getaway

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A conversational term for an exciting yet short trip.
  • Example: Rachel is planning the weekend getaway on a nearby island. She said everyone needed a little vacation for working so hard.

Hit the Road

Meaning:

  • (Verb) To have a trip with no clear destination or to leave on a vehicle.
  • Example: Jess would have liked a cup of cocoa but he excused himself early to hit the road with his friends.

Hols 

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A British, Australian, and Canadian slang for holidays shortened as “hols”.
  • Example: The hols are coming up but Candy still doesn’t know which gifts to wrap for her friends.

Recess

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A short time to grab a bite or take a break usually used in school or in courtrooms. 
  • Example: The bell rang for recess and the class erupted to cheers because no one had to solve the Algebra problem anymore.

Run of the Mill

Meaning:

  • (Adjective) Something or somewhere that is typical and ordinary.
  • Example: Never go to run of the mill restaurants, always go to restaurants with a reputation since you don’t want a stomachache throughout the vacation.

Sabbatical

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A signed off leave or vacation by supervisors or higher management.
  • Example: Jenna’s not leaving the company. She’s just taking a few days of sabbatical since she feels out of sorts lately.

Shine Up to Someone

Meaning:

  • (Verb) To romantically like someone even after meeting them for the first time.
  • Example: Romeo shined up to Juliet as he assisted with her luggage.

Spring Break

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A weeklong vacation from school during the spring.
  • Example: Instead of partying with friends, Liam is going for a headstart in his cultural immersion program for spring break.

Staycation

Meaning:

  • (Noun) A modern slang for spending vacation time at home or at a hotel, without really traveling a substantial distance.
  • Example: The Smiths had to make do with staycation since the weather was too bad to go for their scheduled beach getaway.

Take a Dip

Meaning:

  • (Verb) A modern slang for swimming. 
  • Example: Why should I bother with fancy swimwear? I’m not taking a dip anyway.

To Be Off

Meaning:

  • (Verb) To announce one’s unavailability usually due to vacation. 
  • Example: Lola will be off for an entire week since she has booked tickets for a cruise.

Travel on a Shoestring

Meaning:

  • (Verb) An expression that means to travel on a very tight budget.
  • Example: Jeremy said motels are itchy and walking is hard. The boy can't travel on a shoestring.

Vacay 

Meaning:

  • (Noun) The shortened slang word of ‘vacation’ used more frequently in modern times.
  • Example: Elsa’s food themed vacay in Italy was just starting. First off, some classic wine and cheese in the country’s rural region.

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