Unusual & Creative Travel Words that you must know in 2019

by Apr 11, 2019Travel Wisdom24 comments

About this blog: This contains 38 unique and creative travel words that you can use in your travel vocabulary. Use them in your travel captions or use them for naming your blog

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 and creative 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 and creative travel words with you.


  1. Peregrinate (v.)

Origin: Latin

Definition: To travel or wander around from place to place

travel words with beautiful meanings-peregrinate

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?

  1. Nemophilist (n.)

Origin: English

Definition: One who is fond of the forest

travel words with beautiful meanings-nemophilist

  1. Serendipity (n.)

Origin: English

Definition: The fact of finding interesting or valuable by chance

travel words with beautiful meaning-serendipity

  1. Trouvaille (n.)

Origin: French

Definition: Something lovely discovered by chance

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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.

  1. Eudaimonia (n.)

Origin: Greek

Definition: The contented happy state when you travel


  1. Eleutheromania (n.)

Origin: Greek

Definition: The intense desire for freedom


These two Greek words so wonderfully summarize our feeling when we travel. Travelling makes us contented and happy.

  1. Sonder (n.)

Origin: Unknown

Definition: The realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own


  1. Resfeber (n.)

Origin: Swedish

Definition: The tangled feelings of fear and excitement before a journey

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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.

  1. Fernweh (n.)

Origin: German

Definition: An urge to travel even stronger than wanderlust; farsickness


  1. Dérive (n.)

Origin: French

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!

  1. Solivagant (adj.)

Origin: Latin

Definition: Wandering alone. A solitary adventurer who travels and wanders the globe.


  1. Strikhedonia (n.)

Origin: Greek

Definition: The joy of being able to say “to hell with it”


The feeling we had when we visited Ladakh!

  1. Numinous (n.)

Origin: Latin

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.

  1. Forelsket (n.)

Origin: Norwegian

Definition: The euphoria you experience when you are first falling in love


This is such a beautiful and creative travel 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.

  1. Hireath (n.)

Origin: Welsh

Definition: A homesickness for a home which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was.


  1. Sehnsucht (n.)

Origin: German

Definition: A wistful longing and yearning in the heart for travels that have been and travels to come.


  1. Livsnjutare (n.)

Origin: German

Definition: Someone who loves life deeply and enjoys life


  1. Sturmfrei (n.)

Origin: German

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.

  1. Coddiwomple (v.)

Origin: English

Definition: To travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination


  1. Nefelibata (n.)

Origin: Portugese

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.

  1. Hodophile (adj.)

Origin: Greek

Definition: A lover of roads. One who loves to travel.


  1. Schwellenangst (n.)

Origin: German

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?

  1. Vagary (v.)

Origin: Latin

Definition: A wandering or roaming journey


  1. Saudade (n.)

Origin: Portugese

Definition: A nostalgic longing to be near something or someone who is distant.


  1. Hygge (n.)

Origin: Danish

Definition: The cosy feeling you get when you are enjoying the good things in life with friends


  1. Commuovere (v.)

Origin: Italian

Definition: To stir, to touch, to move to tears


The feeling we had after completing the Chadar Frozen River Trek.

  1. Yūgen (n.)

Origin: Japanese

Definition: A profound and mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe

creative travel words-yūgen

  1. Onism (n.)

Origin: Danish

Definition: Awareness of how little of the world you will experience

Travel words with beautiful meaning-onism

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!

  1. Petrichor (n.)

Origin: English

Definition: The smell of earth after rain

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  1. Flâuner (n.)

Origin: French

Definition: A person of leisure, deliberately aimless, simply wandering the streets, soaking in the city

travel words with beautiful meaning-flâuner

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!

  1. Jijivisha (n.)

Origin: Sanskrit

Definition: The strong eternal desire to live and continue living


  1. Rasasvada (n.)

Origin: Sanskrit

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.

  1. Smultronställe(n.)

Origin: Swedish

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.


Darjeeling and Sikkim is our “place of wild strawberries”. What is yours?

  1. Querencia (adj.)

Origin: Spanish

Definition: A place where one feels safe, A place where one feels at home


  1. Musafir (n.)

Origin: Urdu

Definition: Traveller


  1. Vuslat (n.)

Origin: Turkish

Definition: A union or reunion after being apart for a long time with one’s beloved

This is one of my favourite creative travel words.


  1. Thalassophile (n.)

Origin: Greek

Definition: A lover of ocean


  1. Waldeinsamkeit (n.)

Origin: German

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.

Pin this post for a later dose of inspiration!

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Agni & Amrita

Agni & Amrita

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We are Agni and Amrita, the story-telling team behind Tale of 2 Backpackers and partners in crime in travel and (mis)adventures of life. We have been travelling together for more than a decade looking for immersive experiences while enjoying the little beauties of life. We are intrigued by heritage, culture, festivals and people and that is reflected in our travel. And yes, we love the Himalayas too.

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  1. Excellent post..very informative!!

  2. Always admire your writting skills and this time thanks for introducing new words in my dictionary. Great way to increase ones vocabulary with pictures origin and all.

    • Thank you Pallavi. So glad that you liked the post.

  3. Thanks for enhancing my vocabulary.. none them was familiar to me so far.

    • Thank you Sapna! I did not know a few before writing this.

  4. Wow that made for an interesting read. Adding them to my dictionary right away!

    • Thanks so much.

  5. Woow so many beautiful, unique travel words i am unaware off. Love it

    • Thank you Gurjeet!

  6. Such words , very useful must say. I love to read and learn new things. These will definitely help me to increase my vocab.

    • Thank you Pamela!

  7. That is a very unique topic for a blog. Though I would want to identify myself with all the term, but I find myself closest to be a Nemophilist and Trouvaille. I also identify with Resfeber. No matter how much I have travelled, I still get a little nervous (and excited) before a foreign trip.

    • Thanks Abhinav. I can understand that nervous and excited feeling before a foreign trip!

  8. Thanks for sharing this, great to know these word and their meaning. And yes I can say now I am Nemophilist. 🙂

    • Thank you Sundeep!

  9. I am not just inspired but so well educated too now.
    Y next travel will now be so well-informed.

    • Thank you Sanjay!

  10. This post was such a treat! I love travel and I love words, and it was nice to recognise a few that I knew, and learn new ones that I didn’t!

    • Thank you so much! So glad that you liked the post.

  11. These are indeed words that provide full expression to the meaning of travel. Thanks for adding to my vocabulary. this is indeed the serendipity of reading travel blogs.

    • Thank you Sandy and Vyjay!

  12. Brilliant post, some of these descriptive words I read for the first time. Bookmarked for future reference. Thanks for Sharing.

    • Thank you Anahita. Glad that you liked the post.

  13. Hi,

    If you love to travel and excited to know different places in world then pack your bag and travel to India. India the birth place of yoga. Good for peace your mind and relaxing body.


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