Published on February 3rd, 2014 | by Geckos Tales Team
24 Travel Words That Describe Travel Better Than You Ever Thought Possible
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We love travelling and we love words, so imagine our surprise when we came across a massive treasure chest of travel words that describe how we feel before, during and after we travel better than anything we’ve ever seen, ever.
These literary gems make ‘wanderlust’ look like an overrated show pony. Which it is. Travel brochures of the future will be littered with the likes of resfeber, eudaimonia and fernweh. At least, they will if we have anything to do with it.
1. Trouvaille (n.)
Something lovely discovered by chance, like stumbling on a waterfall in Costa Rica.
2. Dérive (n.)
Lit. “drift”; a spontaneous journey where the traveller leaves their life behind for a time to let the spirit of the landscape and architecture attract and move them.
3. Numinous (adj.)
Describing an experience that makes you fearful yet fascinated, awed yet attracted- the powerful, personal feeling of being overwhelmed and inspired.
4. Cockaigne (n.)
Origin: French, medieval trope
An imaginary land of luxury and idleness.
5. Schwellenangst (n.)
Fear of embarking on something new; fear of crossing a threshold.
6. Strikhedonia (n.)
The pleasure of being able to say “to hell with it”, just before.
7. Resfeber (n.)
The restless race of the traveller’s heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together; a ‘travel fever’ that can manifest as an illness.
8. Vagary (n.)
An unpredictable instance, a wandering journey; a whimsical, wild or unusual idea, desire, or action.
9. Eudaimonia (n.)
Lit. “human flourishing”; a contented state of being happy, healthy and prosperous.
10. Quaquaversal (adj.)
Moving or happening in every direction instantaneously.
11. Novaturient (adj.)
Desiring or seeking powerful change in one’s life, behavior, or situation.
12. Sehnsucht (n.)
“The inconsolable longing in the human heart for we know now what”; a yearning for a far, familiar, non-earthly land one can identify as one’s home.
13. Ecophobia (n.)
A fear or dislike of one’s home.
14. Eleutheromania (n.)
An intense and irresistible desire for freedom. Pretty much describes every picture of the Greek Islands we’ve ever seen.
15. Livsnjutare (n.)
One who loves life deeply and lives it to the extreme.
16. Solivagant (adj.)
17. Saudade (n.)
A nostalgic longing to be near again to something or someone that is distant, or that has been loved and then lost; “the love that remains”.
18. Eunoia (n.)
Beautiful thinking; a well mind.
19. Sturmfrei (adj.)
Lit. “stormfree”; the freedom of not being watched by a parent or superior; being alone at a place and having the ability to do what you want.
20. Yoko meshi (n.)
The peculiar stress of speaking a foreign language (literally means ‘a meal eaten sideways’). If you’ve ever tried to order ramen in one of Tokyo’s laneway bars, you’ll know exactly what this means.
21. Selcouth (adj.)
Unfamiliar, rare, strange, and yet marvelous.
22. Fernweh (n.)
An ache for distance places; the craving for travel.
23. Yūgen (n.)
An awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious for words.
24. Commuovere (v.)
Only in Italy would you find such a sensual word meaning to stir, to touch, to move to tears. Possibly while eating a giant slice of thin-crust pizza.