New words or neolexia (if you want to sound super geeky) are so interesting and show constant growth in a language. With the exception of a horrid few such as ‘bae’ which I’d be tremendously thankful if everyone stopped using and some of the downright scary words that urbandictionary.com comes up with (do not look up truffle butter! Gross).
I really enjoyed putting together my previous post of ‘10 Modern Travel Words’ and judging by the feedback I had others enjoyed learning about mancations, solivagants and bratpackers too. Since then I’ve come across so many more unique, modern travel words that just had to be included. So….I’ve put together a second list.
Below is a glossary of some travel words with a couple of hiking related words thrown in for good measure. How many have you heard of?
1. Bitch Break (n)
This word has resulted from ‘mancation’ being included on the previous list as all the girls rightfully wanted a female version. I really have to credit my work colleague for coming up with this slightly crass version of a ‘girl’s weekend’. But bitch break just has a good ring to it while femcation or some such derivative sounds like a sanitary product to me. Who’s got a bitch break of wine, cheese and gossip booked in for a weekend?
2. Wanderphile (n)
A wanderphile is a word I made up about five months ago while endlessly seeking inspiration for my blog name. I really wanted a name that suggested both walking and travel in one so that it was apparent to readers what the blog was about. A wanderphile is a person who is obsessed with travelling the world, seeking new experiences and places especially on foot. An avid walker and traveller who is happiest when on a journey of adventure.
3. Laidcation (n)
As the word suggests a vacation where one of the prime objectives is to get, well…laid. It doesn’t have to be the only objective as we all usually like a bit of sightseeing thrown in there with a random, one night stand. But something like a week partying in Ibiza, Croatian yacht week or even your standard Contiki tour can live up to this label.
4. Babymoon (n)
If you don’t play it safe on your laidcation you might end up needing an unforeseen babymoon. Yikes! Dissimilar to honeymoon which occurs after marriage the babymoon is pre arrival of the bébé and sleepless nights. This word has become really popular lately and personally I think it’s a great tradition. Any excuse for a holiday is a good one in my book!
5. Kitmas (n)
If you only took the few days between Christmas Day and New Year Day off this year then you had what has been coined a Kitmas! As in… have a break, have a Kitmas.
6. Vitamin I (n)
I can’t believe I walked 600 km across Spain in 2014 loaded on Ibuprofen for the first week and where pain killers and aches and pains are a very common topic of discussion and didn’t hear this term! I came across it a few weeks ago and of course for some reason have come across it several times since. Anyhow, Ibuprofen affectionately known as Vitamin I by long distance hikers is a necessity to keep the swelling and aches and pains at bay. Although as per any medication it’s important not to make a habit of this.
7. Numinous (adj)
If you take too much Vitamin I you might have more numinous moments than you normally would. This is the feeling you get when you see something completely awe-inspiring, an experience that is transcendent or sublime. It is often used to describe a divine religious experience but in my book summiting Mt Everest, riding on a husky sled while viewing the Northern Lights or scoping out the best chocolate shop in Switzerland could be called numinous.
8. Wanderjahre (n) [vahn-duh r-yahr]
This is a german word to describe a year or period of travel after someone finishes school and prior to starting a career. Commonly called a gap-year..but come on this word sounds so much better! Especially with a German accent vahn-duh r-yahr!
9. Slackpacker (n)
I’m all for encouraging more people to walk long distance trails as there are so many awesome ones and it’s a fabulous way to explore an area. People on the trails range from the hardcore ‘sleep under the stars’ and cook all my own food type to slackpackers. Slackpackers are walkers who often stay off the trail in the luxury of a hotel room. And instead of trundling along with their bag, their bags are transported by vehicle to the next point. I personally think “each to their own” when it comes to this…but I do love the word slackpacker!
10. Fuck Off Fund (n)
This is one of my favourite modern travel words. It is a sum of money saved in case life gives you lemons! If you lose your job, your partner cheats on you or your about to go insane with boredom from staying in the same place you can use these funds to literally “fuck off” to another place. Yes, you need one of these! It gives you options. It gives you the freedom not to take the first job you are offered, the ability to put a bond down for a new apartment or to buy a ticket to tick off some of those wanderlist items.
Do you have a Fuck Off Fund?
If you missed the first ’10 modern travel words’ please have a read here. I’d love to hear if you have any other modern travel words I’ve missed. Please put them in a comment.