The "staycation" is dead, according to Priceline's summer poll. Whether or not the word vanishes like the dodo, 83% of Americans plan to take a vacation away from home this year instead of staying at a local hotel for their vacation.
The words "staycation" and "staycationer" came into use around 2005, Merriam-Webster dictionary says, and three years later three in 10 travelers said they were taking one to save money on getaways farther afield.
"Staycations were popular between 2007 and 2010, when economic uncertainty had many Americans concerned about their finances and their jobs," Priceline spokesman Brian Ek says in a statement.
The L.A. Times last year reported that the local vacation trend was on the wane because people wanted to return to having fun on vacation without worrying about the cost.
But just because travelers are loosening their budgets doesn't mean they're going to go hog wild on their trip spending. To save money, some vacationers will drive nonstop to their destination (31%); others (16%) will take their own food, the survey found.
And more results suggest how family vacations are planned: Mom is 30% more likely than Dad to choose the family's vacation destination, and she's 60% more likely to decide on how the money is spent.
Priceline asked about 350 of its online users to respond to the questionnaire. It was sent by email and featured multiple-choice questions.