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Who doesn’t love a good travel story? In fact it’s so much fun to be able to strike conversations with travel junkies who have good stories to share. What’s even more fascinating to me is the massive treasure chest of words that can be used to describe travel and the feelings associated with it. As traveling is all about exploring, it gives you wings to express yourself in so many different ways. Here, I’m listing down the travel words used in different languages to relate to the emotions one experiences when traveling. You never know you may make a friend or two using these words whilst traveling.

Travel words



  1. Ecophobia

Origin: English

“Fear of one’s home. A feeling of powerlessness to prevent cataclysmic environmental change, apocalypse, etc.”

  1. Sonder

Origin: German

“The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.”

3. Resfeber

Origin: Swedish

“The restless race of the traveller’s heart before the journey begins.”

4. Coddiwomple

Origin: English

“To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination”

5. Fernweh

Origin: German

“Wanderlust, a desire to travel, a longing for far-off places.”

6. Trouvaille

Origin: French

“Something lovely discovered by chance; a windfall.”

7.  Solivagant

Origin: Latin

“Wandering alone : marked by solitary wandering”.

8. Cockaigne

Origin: French, medieval trope

An imaginary land of luxury and idleness

9. Acatalepsy

Origin: Greek

The idea that it is impossible to truly comprehend anything.

10. Sturmfrei

Origin: German

The freedom of being alone and having the ability to do what you want.

11. Saudade

Origin: Portugese

“Saudade is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.”

12. Yoko meshi

Origin: Japan

The peculiar stress induced by learning and speaking a foreign language.

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  • January 8, 2017

    great travel lingo! I can’t say I’d heard of most of those words. Happy adventuring!

  • January 8, 2017

    Interesting words, I never heard of any of them.

  • Miranda

    May 2, 2017

    I absolutely love learning other languages, and this was a treat for me! #3 I think is my favorite–I get it all the time!


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