The Oxford English Dictionary contains over 600,000 unique words – surely enough to describe any situation, one would think. But the world has a way of confronting us with sights and experiences that can leave us at a loss for words. Sometimes we’re limited by our vocabularies, but often the word we need to describe what we’ve seen and done simply doesn’t exist…yet.
So here are some new editions you should add to your travel vocabulary:
The warm, fuzzy feeling one gets after a long immensely satisfying trip.
The state of mind unique to road trips that convinces travelers that gummi bears and fried onion rings count as a daily serving of fruits and vegetables. Studies indicate that this may lead to automobesity.
Rude, insolent backpacker.
Someone who tries to make themselves understood in a foreign country simply by speaking louder in their own tongue.
Panic felt by Americans when attempting to comprehend temperatures in other countries.
Frequent liar program (noun)
Travelers who will say anything to receive upgrades on flights or hotel rooms, free meals, etc.
Gap fear (noun)
Wanting to take a year off to travel, but being too chicken and going straight to university instead.
The maneuver required to wedge a large tourist into a small motorized tricycle.
– Anthony Murdoch, Lonely Planet author.