Resfeber, Fernweh, and other travel words you’ve never heard before

Resfeber, Fernweh, and other travel words you’ve never heard before

One thing that all avid travelers have in common is the strong desire to see new places and soak up knowledge everywhere they go. Most adventurers are quick to describe this feeling as ?wanderlust,? but this word isn?t fit for the wide range of emotions that travelers experience during their trips. In fact, even the English dictionary doesn?t have enough words to describe the full beauty of traveling!

However, digging into a multitude of other languages can uncover some of the most unique words that can perfectly articulate a life-changing vacation (and impress your friends!). Among the vast array of beautiful travel-related words, here are some of our favorite terms:

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Boketto (v.)

Origin: JapaneseDefinition: The act of gazing out into the distance with no thoughts.

Commuovere (v.)

Origin: ItalianDefinition: Heartwarming; something that stirs and moves you.

Dpaysement (adj.)

Origin: FrenchDefinition: The feeling that comes from not being in one?s own country; being out of your element, like a fish out of water.

Drive (n.)

Origin: FrenchDefinition: A spontaneous journey where the traveler leaves their life behind for a time to let the spirit of the landscape and architecture attract and move them.

Eudaimonia (n.)

Origin: GreekDefinition: The content, happy state you feel when you travel.

Fernweh (n.)

Origin: GermanDefinition: The feeling of being homesick for a place you?ve never been; a crave for travel.

Fika (n.)

Origin: SwedishDefinition: A moment to slow down and appreciate the little things in life; a coffee break with friends.

Flneur (n.)

Origin: FrenchDefinition: Someone who strolls aimlessly but enjoyably, observing life and the surroundings.

Hiraeth (n.)

Origin: WelshDefinition: Homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was.

Hodophile (n.)

Origin: GreekDefinition: One who loves to travel.

Hygge (n.)

Origin: DanishDefinition: The cosy feeling you get while you?re enjoying the good things in life with friends.

Livsnjutare (n.)

Origin: SwedishDefinition: Someone who loves deeply loves life and lives it to the extreme.

Nefelibata (n.)

Origin: PortugueseDefinition: One who lives in the clouds of their own imagination; an unconventional person.

Novaturient (adj.)

Origin: GermanDefinition: A desire to alter your life; the feeling that pushes you to travel

Peripatetic (n.)

Origin: GreekDefinition: A person who spends all their time wandering.

Quaquaversal (adj.)

Origin: LatinDefinition: Moving or happening in every direction all at once.

Querencia (adj.)

Origin: SpanishDefinition: A place where one feels safe; a place where one feels at home.

Resfeber (n.)

Origin: SwedishDefinition: The restless race of the traveler?s heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together.

Saudade (n.)

Origin: PortugueseDefinition: Nostalgia and the love that remains; a desire to be near to something or someone distant.

Schwellenangst (n.)

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

Sehnsucht (n.)

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

Smultrostlle (n.)

Origin: SwedishDefinition: A special place discovered, treasured, returned to for solace and relaxation; a personal idyll free from stress and sadness.

Solivagant (n.)

Origin: LatinDefinition: One who travels alone; A solitary adventurer who wanders the globe.

Sonder (n.)

Origin: FrenchDefinition: The realization that each random passer-by is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

Strikhedonia (n.)

Origin: GreekDefinition: The joy of being able to say ?to hell with it?.

Trouvaille (n.)

Origin: FrenchDefinition: Something lovely discovered by chance.

Vagary (n.)

Origin: LatinDefinition: An unpredictable instance, a wandering journey; a whimsical, wild or unusual idea, desire, or action.

Vorfreude (n.)

Origin: GermanDefinition: The joyful, intense anticipation that comes from imagining future pleasures.

Vuslat (n.)

Origin: TurkishDefinition: A union or reunion after being apart for a long time with one?s beloved.

Yoko meshi (n.)

Origin: JapaneseDefinition: The stress of speaking a foreign language.

Y?gen (n.)

Origin: JapaneseDefinition: An awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious for words.

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Originally published at on November 5, 2019.


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