Oh, yes! We love to travel. And we love to get amazed at new experiences. We love to look over in awe at the jaw-dropping scenery before us. At times, words fail. The feeling, the emotions that we encounter after scaling a summit, or after having a scuba diving experience cannot often be described with words. I am sure all of us have these moments when we fall short of words. But there are some beautiful travel words that describe these various feelings very well. Some of these words might not have English equivalents.
As a traveller and writer, I often keep looking for words to describe my feelings. The more I look into these words, the more I fall in love with them. These words have such powerful emotions and feelings! So we decided to share some of our favourite unusual travel words with you.
- 1 UNUSUAL TRAVEL WORDS
- 1.1 Peregrinate (v.)
- 1.2 Nemophilist (n.)
- 1.3 Serendipity (n.)
- 1.4 Trouvaille (n.)
- 1.5 Eudaimonia (n.)
- 1.6 Eleutheromania (n.)
- 1.7 Sonder (n.)
- 1.8 Resfeber (n.)
- 1.9 Fernweh (n.)
- 1.10 Dérive (n.)
- 1.11 Solivagant (adj.)
- 1.12 Strikhedonia (n.)
- 1.13 Numinous (n.)
- 1.14 Forelsket (n.)
- 1.15 Hireath (n.)
- 1.16 Sehnsucht (n.)
- 1.17 Livsnjutare (n.)
- 1.18 Sturmfrei (n.)
- 1.19 Coddiwomple (v.)
- 1.20 Nefelibata (n.)
- 1.21 Hodophile (adj.)
- 1.22 Schwellenangst (n.)
- 1.23 Vagary (v.)
- 1.24 Saudade (n.)
- 1.25 Hygge (n.)
- 1.26 Commuovere (v.)
- 1.27 Yūgen (n.)
- 1.28 Onism (n.)
- 1.29 Petrichor (n.)
- 1.30 Flâuner (n.)
- 1.31 Jijivisha (n.)
- 1.32 Rasasvada (n.)
- 1.33 Smultronställe(n.)
- 1.34 Querencia (adj.)
- 1.35 Musafir (n.)
- 1.36 Vuslat (n.)
- 1.37 Thalassophile (n.)
- 1.38 Waldeinsamkeit (n.)
UNUSUAL TRAVEL WORDS
Definition: To travel or wander around from place to place
The feeling we have whenever we are visiting any new place. We love to wander around and discover the hidden and not so hidden gems. And Darjeeling happens to be one of our favourite places to wander around. What’s yours?
Definition: One who is fond of the forest
Definition: The fact of finding interesting or valuable by chance
Definition: Something lovely discovered by chance
These two words are so close to our hearts. That we would be together was destiny, but our meeting was definitely serendipity! We had been travelling together for a long time, but it was only after our Amarnath Yatra, that we truly realized what travel means to us and what we actually want of our life.
Definition: The contented happy state when you travel
Definition: The intense desire for freedom
These two Greek words so wonderfully summarize our feeling when we travel. Travelling makes us contented and happy.
Definition: The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own
Definition: The tangled feelings of fear and excitement before a journey
This always happens before a journey. There is a perpetual state of excitement as well as nervousness before I start any journey. And I enjoy both the state.
Definition: An urge to travel even stronger than wanderlust; farsickness
Definition: To drift unplanned, only led by the landscape and architect around you.
Have you done this? Have you travelled without any fixed plan? Often it is the unexpectedness of a journey that makes it even better. When we went to Majuli, we did not know where we would visit next. It was an impromptu decision to next visit Meghalaya. And this time we decided to give Shillong and Cherrapunji a miss and visit the offbeat places in Meghalaya. It was surely a memorable trip!
Definition: Wandering alone. A solitary adventurer who travels and wanders the globe.
Definition: The joy of being able to say “to hell with it”
The feeling we had when we visited Ladakh!
Definition: The powerful, personal feeling of being overwhelmed and inspired
I had this feeling when I trekked the Rupin Pass summit. It was an overwhelming experience to stand there and look at the Kinner-Kailash range before me.
Definition: The euphoria you experience when you are first falling in love
This is such a beautiful word. The first time we fell in love with each other, it was confusing. But the tangled emotion that I was feeling at that time was probably known as “forelsket”! And I think it is the same feeling when we fall in love with each other after completing every trek or doing something that we never thought we would do.
Definition: A homesickness for a home which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was.
Definition: A wistful longing and yearning in the heart for travels that have been and travels to come.
Definition: Someone who loves life deeply and enjoys life
Definition: The freedom of being alone and having the ability to do whatever you want.
Sometimes, being alone is the best thing that we can gift ourselves.
Definition: To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination
Definition: One who lives in the cloud of their own imagination; an unconventional person
This word so describes me. I love to live in my own imagination.
Definition: A lover of roads. One who loves to travel.
Definition: Fear of crossing a threshold to embark on something new.
Don’t we all have the fear while starting anything new? It might be a new job, or a new life at a different city, or even changing our lifestyle. I was always very complacent with my life with a high paying job. But there was a void somewhere. Even after I knew that I have to take the leap, the fear hold me back. The fear of uncertainty was keeping me back from doing what I loved.
Today, I have crossed that threshold. And let me tell you the joy that it brings is totally worth all the difficulties and problems and hard work that went. What is the fear that is holding you back?
Definition: A wandering or roaming journey
Definition: A nostalgic longing to be near something or someone who is distant.
Definition: The cosy feeling you get when you are enjoying the good things in life with friends
Definition: To stir, to touch, to move to tears
The feeling we had after completing the Chadar Frozen River Trek.
Definition: A profound and mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe
Definition: Awareness of how little of the world you will experience
These two words sum it all. The universe, the world is so mysteriously beautiful. We can feel and experience only a part of this beauty!
Definition: The smell of earth after rain
Definition: A person of leisure, deliberately aimless, simply wandering the streets, soaking in the city
Whenever we visit any city, we love to walk around. It is the best way to discover the charm of a city. We loved to roam around Yangon and explore the city on foot discovering its gems, hidden or otherwise!
Sometimes Kolkata, our hometown does this to us. We simply wander around, soaking in the little delights, wandering around the lanes and bye lanes and falling in love over and over again with the city. And so does Delhi!
Definition: The strong eternal desire to live and continue living
Definition: The taste of bliss in the absence of all thoughts
Exactly what we felt after seeing the Everest and Kanchenjunga ranges in front of us from the Phalut. The Sandakphu-Phalut Trek is a great experience.
Definition: Lit. “Place of wild strawberries”; a special place discovered, treasured, returned to for solace and relaxation; a personal idyll free from stress and sadness.
Definition: A place where one feels safe, A place where one feels at home
Definition: A union or reunion after being apart for a long time with one’s beloved
Definition: A lover of ocean
Definition: The feeling of being alone in the woods
So did you find your travel inspiration from these beautiful and unusual travel words? What is your favourite? Let us know in comments.
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