Mancation

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A mancation is a male-only vacation.

Travel industry trend[edit]

The concept of a gender specific trip has "been around since the first caveman took his club and went hunting with the others in the tribe."[1] Yet, mancation has become a buzzword in the travel business lately.[when?] Tapping into the success of marketing all-girls getaway packages, hotels and resorts have started featuring all-male bonding vacation packages that include everything from poker, to extreme sports, to spa treatments.[2] Golfing is the most popular activity for all-male vacation groups,[3] but destinations have developed unique programs to accommodate the growing trend. The latest mancation packages offer spiritual healing, culinary instruction, yoga, and sexual reawakening.[2]

In promoting mancations, some organizers "have discovered that men tend to create ‘micro affinity groups’ in childhood, college, or grad school, and that the groups often take trips together."[4] According to one online survey,[5] about 34% of male respondents take at least one mancation every year. It is estimated that about 20 million American men go on mancations every year and collectively spend between $10 billion to $12 billion during these excursions.[1] The majority of these men are married and between the ages of thirty to fifty-five years old.[2]

During the summer of 2006, half of the Fairmont Hotel chain’s 50 properties in the United States created mancation packages. For example, the Fairmont Chicago mancation package consists of a three-course steak dinner, a cocktail seminar, whiskey tasting, cigars, and poker.[6]

A 2008 study conducted by the Synovate research firm showed that 42% of men have taken a mancation, and 42% would like to in the future.[7] The Jim Beam and Knob Creek bourbon brands used the statistics to promote a guys' trip to the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky for National Bourbon Heritage Month, occurring annually in September.

Etymology[edit]

During the summer of 2006, actor Vince Vaughn said it in the romantic comedy film The Break-Up, written by Jay Lavender and Jeremy Garelick, stating: "I’m excited. I look at it like I’m on a mancation." [6] In April 2007, New Line Cinema and Benderspink green-lighted a comedy written by Jared Bush entitled Mancation, which would follow a man who believes his younger brother’s manhood has been robbed by marriage. In an attempt to regain this manhood, he takes his little brother on a "testerone-filled 'mancation.'" [8]

Other slang terms associated with getaways for groups of men are "mancursions", "man trips" or "fellas trips".[3] Urbandictionary.com defines a "fellas trip" as:

A guys only vacation. It's a trip where you invite your closest, most trustworthy male friends that may end up in a little debauchery. Could be a ski trip, golf trip, rock climbing, a bachelor party, sporting event, or a trip to a destination hot spot like Miami, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Amsterdam, or Las Vegas.

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ a b Clark, Jayne. "Need to get away? Make it a guy thing; Male bonding goes to the next level: ‘Mancations’", USA Today, Dec. 29. 2006.
  2. ^ a b c Morago, Greg. "BOYS GONE WILD; TIME OFF NO LONGER A TIMEOUT FOR FUN-LOVING GUYS", Hartford Courant, Dec. 31, 2006.
  3. ^ a b Shattuck, Harry. "Hang out with your buds on men-only ‘mancation’", The Houston Chronicle, Jan. 21, 2007.
  4. ^ Lebovits, Susan Chaityn. "Fly a MiG? Swim with sharks? They're In!", The Boston Globe, Feb. 27, 2007.
  5. ^ http://www.imin.com/imin/iminHome/about/press.jsp
  6. ^ a b Pellizzari, Chris. "MEN ON VACATION; Hotels and resorts are now offering guys the perfect mancations", Chicago Tribune, Oct. 5, 2006.
  7. ^ "Jim Beam and Knob Creek Bourbons Celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month with a Bourbon Inspired Mancation" (Press release). Beam Global Spirits & Wine. 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2008-08-07. "Male Bonding Booms with Affordable Guys' Getaway Options; 64 Percent of Men Prefer Kentucky's Bourbon Trail over 'Vegas-type' Experience for Guys' Weekend." 
  8. ^ McNary, Dave. "New Line, Bush take a 'Mancation'", Daily Variety, April 18, 2007.

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