"I'd tell them we're on a 'mancation,'" Meadows said jokingly. "That kind of clicked with people."
A lot of people.
Without realizing it, Meadows and his friends — Bill, Paul and Chris, who have taken a yearly vacation together, just the boys, since 2002 — have been part of a growing trend in the travel industry toward getaways for guys. Meadows, who lives in Tampa, Fla., likes to think he and his fellow mancationers coined the term (they registered the site www.mancation.com to share their vacation stories and help others plan their own mancations), which is now a buzzword in the travel business.
—Greg Morago, "Boys Gone Wild," The Hartford Courant, December 31, 2006
Other hotels sell less expensive mancations that feature spas and waxing. One Florida resort offers men "ritual baths."
Buddies on vacation don't go to spas. And, unless they're ancient Druids getting in touch with their inner shaman, they don't group-bathe, either.
—Alfred Lubrano, "These are no trips for manly men," The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 13, 2007
* Plot: Gary (Vince Vaughn) and Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) relocate to Splitsville, but neither will move out of the condo they share. Humorous mind games ensue to force each other out.
* Preview: Very funny, but in a heavily guy-humor way ("man-cation," a bad rendition of "Owner of a Lonely Heart"). Waxing jokes (so "40-Year-Old Virgin") wouldn't seem to lure women.
—Nick Rogers, "Super summer," The State Journal-Register, May 4, 2006
—SB, "Mancation," Urban Dictionary, March 31, 2006