I recently posted a word related to travel.  I also posted a link on how to travel from coast to coast in the US for only USD$213.  With those two posts, I thought, "I should come up with a list of the best words we ought to remember as travelers".

Here are my top 20:

1. Wanderlust (n.)
Origin: German
Definition: A strong, innate, impulse or desire to travel the world.

2. Sojourn (n.)
Origin: Latin, Old French
Definition: A period of time when you stay in a place as a traveler or guest.

3. Eleutheromania (n.)
Origin: Greek
Definition: An intense and irresistible desire for freedom.

4. Smultroställe (n.)
Origin: Swedish
Definition: A special place discovered, treasured, returned to for solace and relaxation; a personal idyll free from stress and sadness.

5. Wayfarer (n.)
Origin: English
Definition: Someone who travels, especially on foot.

6. Sturmfrei (adj.)
Origin: German
Definition: 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.

7. Nemophilist (n.)
Origin: Greek
Definition: A haunter of the woods; one who loves the forest and its beauty and solitude.

St. Gilgen, Austria

8. Solivagant (adj.)
Origin: Latin
Definition: Wandering alone.

9. Vagary (n.)
Origin: Latin
Definition: An unpredictable instance, a wandering journey; a whimsical, wild or unusual idea, desire, or action.

10. Peregrinate (v.)
Origin: Latin
Definition: Travel or wander around from place to place.

11. Selcouth (adj.)
Origin: English
Definition: Unfamiliar, rare, strange, and yet marvellous.

12. Cosmopolitan (adj.) (n.)
Origin: English
Definition: At home all over the world, and as a noun, “a citizen of the world”.

13. Resfeber (n.)
Origin: Swedish
Definition: The restless race of the traveller’s heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together.

14. Hodophile (adj.)
Origin: Greek
Definition: “Lover of roads”, or better “love of travel.”

Murcia, Negros Occidental

15. Numinous (adj.)
Origin: English
Definition: Describing an experience that makes you fearful yet fascinated, awed yet attracted.

16. Sonder (v.)
Origin: French
Definition: The realization that each random passer-by is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.


17. Fernweh (n.)
Origin: German
Definition: A craving for travel. Being homesick for a place you’ve never been.

18. Dérive (n.)
Origin: Latin/French
Definition: 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.

19. Annu Miarabilis (n.) (phr.)
Origin: Latin
Definition: A remarkable or notable year in history; a year of wonders and miracles, used to speak hopefully of the future.

Last but not the least is my favorite word which sounds like a phrase off the storybook of Rumplestiltskin.

20. Coddiwomple (v.)
Origin: English Slang Word
Definition: To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination.

Negros Island.  The SWEET Spot of the Philippines.

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