Vocabulario vacacional

By 17 August, 2017 No Comments


While on holiday, this month The Academy Palma’s team is looking at words related to holidays (British English),vacations (American English)breaks and getaways.

What kind of holiday is your favourite? Is it an activity holiday, where you spend your time doing a particular activity such as walking, swimming, canoeing, rock-climbing, painting, or cooking, or is it an adventure holiday, a holiday in which you do exciting things, like a trek or a safari? Do you plan your holidays with kids?

On one hand, there are people who are more of a package deal kind of holiday, this means that they prefer an all-in holiday, where everything’s arranged by a travel company for a fixed price, including the cost of the hotel and transport, and sometimes meals and entertainment.

On the other hand, nowadays a lot of holiday-makers prefer the flexibility of arranging their holiday themselves, making sure that they take advantage of the low-cost flights, and then booking the hotel or villa separately. Even if you don’t want to spend money in the accommodation or your holiday budget is too low, there are many other options such as a house swap where two families exchange houses for a holiday, or couch surfing, where you can sleep on someone’s sofa for free.

In fact, maybe you’re more into life outdoors and prefer to go camping. Some people enjoy nature and being in contact with forests, mountains and animals but are not so keen to sleep in a tent, but nowadays you don’t have to rough it if you don’t want to: we now have glamping, which puts the glamour in camping. For example, instead of a tent, you can rent a yurt, where you will be able to rest in quite some comfort.

When you work in a company, sometimes due to the amount of work or the holidays that you have already enjoyed, it means that your break has to be short, and we talk about mini-breaks and even daycations (when you only have a day to enjoy). And when you don’t even have to go away at all, don’t worry! Stay at home and have a staycation.

Many people have questioned the use of the word leave when referred to a holiday. I would say that leave or leave of absence is normally used to refer to time off work that is not necessarily a holiday. In this case we talk about maternity, paternity, sick and compassionate leave. However, many people use leave, especially annual leave, to refer to their holiday time – and some people use it only if they are staying at home. Have you realized how interesting it is to see that native speakers can disagree about their own language use?


Dada la época del año en la que estamos, y sabiendo que muchos de vosotros estáis de vacaciones, hemos querido dedicar un post a las palabras relacionadas con las vacaciones que se emplean en inglés. Para que podáis entender el contexto, hemos escrito el post en inglés, pero a continuación os dejamos en orden de apariencia todo el vocabulario nuevo del artículo con su traducción y significado en español:

1. Holidays: vacaciones (inglés)

2. Vacations: vacaciones (americano)

3. Break: descanso

4. Getaways: escapadas

5. Activity Holiday: vacaciones de actividades

6. Adventure Holiday: vacaciones de aventura

7. Package deal: paquete vacacional/ paquete cerrado

8. All-in holiday: vacaciones todo inluido

9. Holiday-makers: turistas

10. Low-cost flights: vuelos low-cost

11. Hotel: hotel

12. Villa: villa

13. House swap: intercambio de casa

14. Couch surfing: término para “dormir gratis en un sofá”

15. Life outdoors: vida al aire libre

16. Camping: camping

17. Tent: tienda de campaña

18. To rough it: expresión que quiere decir “dormir en un sitio incómodo”

19. Glamping: término para describir “camping con glamour”

20. Yurt: Tienda de campaña grande, espaciosa y de calidad

21. Mini-breaks: breves descansos

22. Daycations: un día de vacaciones

23. Staycation: vacaciones en casa

24. Leave: salir

25. Leave of absence: excedencia

26. Maternity: maternidad

27. Paternity: paternidad

28. Sick: enfermo

29. Compassionate leave: ausencia justificada por causas personales

30. Annual leave: vacaciones anuales