“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
For me, travelling is one of the most wonderful ways to discover about the world, to escape from my busy daily life and to boost my energy. I’ve usually tried to describe how I feel when I travel, but sometimes nothing seems to enough explain it right. Then I had an ideas of collection list of words that are maybe not commonly used in English, but in other languages and explain better those travel feelings. Let’s take a look on my travel dictionary and see if their words can express what you can’t say!
1. Resfeber (n) – Swedish
“The tangled feelings of fear and excitement before a journey begins.”
Before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together, we’ve all felt the restless race of the traveler’s heart. That jolt in your heart when you book your flights, when you tell your family and friends what you’re about to do, and now that feeling has a name. This feeling is for new travellers and old alike.
2. Dérive (n) – French
“To drift unplanned, led only by the landscape and archiecture around you”
The idea that even if you drift, you will end up falling into a path that is lined out for you by your surroundings. This could describe life overall, but it also describes small journeys. When you’re wandering through a new city and you just happen to wander on a path that takes you to great discoveries.
3. Wanderlust (n) – German
“A strong desire to travel or explore the world”
That feeling you get when you’ve been home too long and you ache to be out into the world again. Sometimes you don’t know where you want to be, but you know that it’s away. Sometimes you know where, and you want to get there as quickly as possible. This it that feeling.
4. Numinous (a) – Latin
“Feeling both fearful and awed by what is before you”
It is a really wonderful way to describe how you feel when you see things that are so amazing. Then you’re not sure whether to be amazed or realise your own insignificance in the world. It’s the magical feeling when you see something truly inspiring, maybe it’s the scenery before you, or just something amazing falls into place when you’re travelling.
5. Vagary (v) – Latin
“A wandering or roaming journey”
An unpredictable idea, desire or action. Travelling without knowing the destination, and it doesn’t matter.
6. Sehnsucht (n) – German
“A wistful longing and yearning in the heart for travels that have been and travels to come.”
When you’re not travelling this can be an overwhelming feeling, or when you think about the travel you’ve done and you wish you could relive it all over again. This feeling is why you need to make the most of every moment! It’s why the more you travel, the harder it gets.
7. Eleutheromania (n) – Greek
“The intense desire for freedom.”
People often say that travelling makes them feel free, and eleutheromania is the desire for this feeling. We seem to find freedom in other cultures, or just in being outside the norm, and when you stop travelling, you crave it again.
8. Livsnjutare (n) – Swedish
“Someone who loves life deeply and lives it to the extreme.”
Someone I try to be. Take chances, take risks, and always choose the adventure.
9. Solivagant (a) – Latin
A kind of traveller many of us are. Solo travel has exploded so much and is no longer out of the ordinary. As most solo travellers know, you’re not alone for long as you make your friends on the road. But sometimes, it’s the wandering journey you take alone that is the most rewarding.
10. Acatalepsy (n) – Greek
“The idea that it is impossible to truly comprehend anything”
Can you truly understand your travels, the things you see, and how they affect you? Sometimes it takes time to process how travel might have changed your life, and sometimes, it’s better to realise we never truly know why we take the journeys we do and what they’ll mean for us. We can reflect on amazing travel moments, but never fully know their impact.