It's not just a 'vacation' anymore. Here's how you can update your trip lingo.
Were you left confused when a colleague recently told you about his 'staycation' at a hotel? Or how about the time you heard that your niece said she was travelling to Vietnam to do some 'voluntourism'? These hybrid, mashed-up words find their way into everyday vocabulary as quick as lightning. We give you a list of a few more new words in travel and what they mean, and while the Oxford Dictionary may not be jumping with joy to welcome these, we think they are fun anyway.
|On their 'babymoon' in Rio|
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West did it in Paris and Rio de Janeiro, while Duchess Kate and Prince William did it at Caribbean's Mustique Island.
We're talking about 'Babymooning' - a special, stroller-less holiday where you can get that last bit of alone time before parenthood comes a-knocking. The term was coined in 1996 by author Sheila Kitzinger in The Year after Childbirth. While she talked about it as private time between parents and their newborn, this has been turned around to mean a trip before the birth of a child.
Many hotels around the world also offer Babymoon packages that include facials, gift sets for newborns, yoga sessions, pre-natal massages and even 24-hr room service for food cravings — The Reef in Sri Lanka, Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand or The Chateau Spa and Organic Wellness Resort in Malaysia, are a few.
|Glamping in Jodhpur|
Here are a few examples: The Serai, Jaisalmer has luxury canvas tents, each over 1,000 sq. ft. in size; Oberoi Vanyavilas' luxury tents have sunbathing decks, king-size fourposter beds, roll-top baths; Nature Zone in Munnar has bamboo houses on tree tops, with modern bathrooms and verandahs.
‘Hangover’ has done for brocations, what penicillin has for medicine – given it a good shot in the arm! A holiday for the boys, with the boys, ‘brocations’ are vacations with the lads, where they can be beach bums, party, gamble or anything else minus their better halves and families. Think road trips, bachelor parties, bike tours. The preferred choices for brocations within the country have been sunny Goa and Ladakh. Other international hot favourites include Las Vegas, Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand and Amsterdam.
Thirty-year old Dave Malhotra, director of MHPL, who helped plan his friend’s bachelor party in Hong Kong & Macau says, “It was a luxury, guy trip, with a limo waiting to pick us up at the airport, ready with champagne to celebrate as soon as we landed. There was a yacht that took us to Macau; there were casino nights and more. Everything was planned meticulously for a fun trip for the boys, a total bachelor package, in fact, from pick up to drop off, with us not remembering anything in between!” 'guess what happens on a brocation, stays on a brocation!
|Shreela and friends|
You carry a backpack on your trips, but wouldn't mind splurging occasionally? Well then, hello there flashpacker. The grown-up, next-gen backpacker is one with more money, and who loves his/her laptop, iPad, DSLR and smart phone. They don't mind splurging on good restaurants, either.
Mumbai-based Public Relations professional Shreela Roy shares details from her trip to Vietnam and Cambodia last year. "While the only thing that made us look like backpackers were our backpacks, we didn't penny-pinch at all. We indulged in everything from massages to good food at upscale restaurants and shopping." She also checked in on Facebook everywhere she went and tweeted about the pubs she visited and people she met. "Staying connected helped keep a flow of comments, tips and advice coming in," she says.
Have only a day off? Low on finances? For those quick getaways, there’s nothing better than the one-day vacation or the ‘daycation’. Try a spa day with your loved one, a picnic to a nearby park, or just a lazy day spent at a luxury hotel in your city including meals and a good swim in their pool! In Mumbai, go for a day trip to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Kanheri Caves, spend a day at Gorai or Manori beaches, hang loose at theme parks like Adlabs Imagica and Esselworld or Della Adventure park, take a ferry ride to Elephanta Caves - whatever you do, just think vacation!
And while it’s more fun than it sounds, you can even go international sitting at home. How? If you’re craving a holiday to Italy, rent an Italian movie (with English-subtitles of course), whip up some Pasta Primavera or order in that thin-crust pizza you love, and wash it all down with a few chilled glasses of the finest Sauvignon Blanc! Aaahh! Who needs a plane??!
Janus, a 33-yr-old Mumbai based businessman has a rocker's tattoo collection, which includes a 3/4th sleeve, obtained at Goa. "A great place to start," he says, "is at tattoo conventions. Visited by thousands of tattoo buffs and talented artists, these allow people to meet artists, explore ideas and get inked right there." Popular tattoo conventions happen in New York and Copenhagen, to name a few.
Ah, a glorious holiday at last. You've got the sun, surf, sea and .... Send. Welcome to your fake-ation, which is a rather depressing kind of vacation where, no thanks to the Internet, a lot of the traveller's time is spent working, checking e-mails, lining up meetings, speaking with the boss or handling a presentation. The term was coined by travel and hotel review website TripAdvisor.com in a travel trends forecast for 2011, which studied how greater connectivity was leading to such cheat vacations.
Whether you're an eager beaver employee or just a plain pushover, fret not, almost all working individuals are plagued by this dilemma today. The only way out is to summon your inner strength, power down your laptop and get off your behind. And, if that big bonus is on the way and logging off is just not an option, there's only one thing we can say to you - get back to your city and try a daycation. You know what that is, right?