18 Words to Expand Your Travel Vocabulary in 2022

Fernweh is the new wanderlust. Yoko meshi is all part of Resfeber. Eudaimonia is often induced by Meraki. In 2022, endeavour to put your trip into some new words. Learn language to better narrate your adventures, whether you need words for your instagram captions, your handwritten postcards from faraway places, or just for the sake of knowledge.

18 Unique Travel Words to Learn in 2022

1. Yoko meshi (n.)

This word of Japanese origin literally translates to “a meal eaten sideways”, but its meaning is akin to stress brought on by speaking another language. 

2. Trouvaille (n.)

A word of French origin meaning a lucky find — a treasure stumbled upon rather than searched for. 

3. Peripatetic (n.) 

Somebody who travels from place to place. Although, you can use this word of Greek origin as an adjective too, such as: the nature of my life is rather peripatetic. 

4. Vacilando (v.)

The act of wandering when the experience of travel is more important than reaching a destination. This Spanish term can also be used as a noun, whereby the person is a wanderer for whom travelling itself is more important than reaching a destination. 

5. Sonder (n.)

This beautiful French word illustrates the realisation that each random passer-by is living a life as vivid and complex as your own; full of relationships, ups and downs, career goals, and details as minute as your own.

6. Resfeber (n.)

The definition for this Swedish word encapsulates the restless race of a traveller’s heart before their journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together.

7. Solivagant (adj.)

A Latin term for wandering alone. We’ve also seen this word be used as a noun to describe a solitary adventurer who travels or wanders the globe.

8. Eudaimonia (n.)

This Greek term references a state of being happy whilst travelling and everything feels great.

9. Coddiwomple (v.)

An English-slang term used to describe travelling purposefully towards an unknown destination.

10. Meraki (n.) 

Of Greek origin, this word describes doing something with soul, creativity, or love – when you put “something of yourself” into what you’re doing, whatever it may be.

11. Fernweh (n)

A German word for the urge to travel which is even stronger than wanderlust. Some even translate it as “farsickness” — the need to go far away.

12. Dérive (n)

To drift unplanned, led only by the landscape and architecture around you which is a translation based on its French origin.  

13. Selcouth (adj)

This old English word is used to describe something strange and uncommon — the way you see things when you travel.

14. Vorfreude (n)

The German word for that joyful, intense anticipation that comes from imagining future pleasures.

15. Smultronställe (n)

A Swedish word that literally translates “place of wild strawberries”, but whose true meaning is: a special place discovered, treasured, returned to for solace and relaxation; a personal idyll free from stress or sadness.

16. Dépaysement (adj.)

Translated from French, this word denotes the feeling that comes from not being in one’s own country. Being out of your element, a fish out of water.

17. Wayfarer (n)

An English word for someone who travels, especially on foot.

18. Eleutheromania (n.)

This Greek word marks an intense and irresistible desire for freedom.


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