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.)
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.)
Definition: An intense and irresistible desire for freedom.
4. Smultroställe (n.)
Definition: A special place discovered, treasured, returned to for solace and relaxation; a personal idyll free from stress and sadness.
5. Wayfarer (n.)
Definition: Someone who travels, especially on foot.
6. Sturmfrei (adj.)
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.)
Definition: A haunter of the woods; one who loves the forest and its beauty and solitude.
|St. Gilgen, Austria|
8. Solivagant (adj.)
Definition: Wandering alone.
9. Vagary (n.)
Definition: An unpredictable instance, a wandering journey; a whimsical, wild or unusual idea, desire, or action.
10. Peregrinate (v.)
Definition: Travel or wander around from place to place.
11. Selcouth (adj.)
Definition: Unfamiliar, rare, strange, and yet marvellous.
12. Cosmopolitan (adj.) (n.)
Definition: At home all over the world, and as a noun, “a citizen of the world”.
13. Resfeber (n.)
Definition: The restless race of the traveller’s heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together.
14. Hodophile (adj.)
Definition: “Lover of roads”, or better “love of travel.”
|Murcia, Negros Occidental|
15. Numinous (adj.)
Definition: Describing an experience that makes you fearful yet fascinated, awed yet attracted.
16. Sonder (v.)
Definition: The realization that each random passer-by is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.
17. Fernweh (n.)
Definition: A craving for travel. Being homesick for a place you’ve never been.
18. Dérive (n.)
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.)
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.
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