Having a Staycation

An American man explains what he does if he can't have a holiday or vacation.

Self Study


Listen to the dialogue in the episode again. Try to write down what they say and then check with the answers below.


If I can’t travel somewhere for a vacation, I usually just stay home and have a "staycation."

Sometimes I’ll just sit at home and relax on the sofa, maybe I’ll order home delivery food, and watch a movie on TV. You know, just recharge my batteries, and catch up on some rest.

Occasionally, I’ll take a few day trips to nearby places and explore various local tourist attractions. For instance, last time I went to a small town about 30 minutes drive away, and visited the local art gallery. I saw many great paintings from local artists.

Self Study

Use a voice recorder to try to summarize what they said in the episode. You can use the questions and answers below to help.


  • What does he do if he can't take a vacation?
  • What will he do if he stays home?
  • Why?
  • What else might he do?
  • What did he do last time?


He stays home and has a "staycation".

He'll relax on the sofa, or order some delivery food, or watch a movie.

So he can relax and recharge his batteries.

Sometimes he'll take a few day trips to visit local tourist attractions.

He went to a town and visited the local art gallery.