Five Words to Define Travel

 

I love traveling, and I love languages, so imagine my excitement when I came across a treasure trove of the trip words that describe how we feel before, during, and after we travel.

These five words for travel will define your feeling for traveling.

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Just like a photo can’t adequately catch what it feels like to stand on the edge of a fjord, neither can ‘wanderlust’ fully reveal how we feel when we desire our next venture. These travel words are literary treasures which have been selected from languages around the world. From Japanese to Swedish, Latin to Greek, travel brochures of the future will be peppered with travel words like of resfeber, Solivagant, and Sehnsucht.

Without further ado, here are five words for travel to add to your vocabulary.

 

  1. Resfeber (n.)

Pronounced: RACE-fay-ber

Origin: Swedish

Meaning: This travel word belongs to the restless race of the traveler’s spirit before the adventure starts when anxiety and joy are tangled together.

We’ve all felt this, the jump in your heart moment when you officially purchase your plane tickets. When the excitement and fear flood to your soul all at once, creating a healthy mixture of passions that can leave you feeling anxious or physically ill.

 

  1. Solivagant (adj.)

Pronunciation: sO-li-‘vA-gant

Origin: Latin

Meaning: Wandering alone.

Not all those who roam are lost, but all those who walk alone are solivagant. From the Latin word solivagus, meaning lonely or solitary, solivagant describes anyone who enjoys meandering around new countries, apart, to take it all in.

 

  1. Sehnsucht (n.)

Pronunciation: zeɪnˌzʊxt

Origin: German

Meaning: A nostalgic longing and desire in the soul for voyages past and eternity.

One author explained it as the “inconsolable longing in the personal heart for we know not what." Another related it to “a longing for a far-off country, but not one which we could identify."

When you’re not traveling this can be a powerful feeling, or when you think about the journey you’ve done, and you crave you could relive it all over again.

 

  1. Dérive (n)

Pronunciation: de.ʁiv

Origin: French

Meaning: An impulsive and unplanned journey where the traveler leaves their life behind, allows themselves to be guided by the landscape and architecture.

Elucidated as “drift," dérive is the notion that even if you drift, you will end up on the best path. This could explain life in general, but it also reveals small journeys. When you’re wandering through a new city, and you just happen to walk on a path that takes you to great discoveries.

 

  1. Schwellenangst (n.)

Pronunciation: ‘shwel-en-ahngst

Origin: German

Meaning: Fear of crossing a threshold to embark on something new.

From schwelle (“threshold") and angst (“anxiety"), this word explains that feeling you get before deciding to set out on a new journey. Argh! Did I make the right decision?

Up to you!

 

Which travel words do you relate to the most? What others would you add?

Let me know using the comments section below.

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Author’s Bio

Buddy is a travel writer and the founder/main editor of http://mysticalroads.com . His passion for travel inspires him to seek new places, new adventures and sharing his travel experience to everyone. You can visit his website and also follow him on Twitter and Facebook

 

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