11 words that describe travel better than you ever thought possible

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11 words that describe travel better than you ever thought possible

Fully describing the feelings that you go through when you Travel is pretty hard work, all the chemical reactions happening within us, the giddiness in our stomach to a fear coated anxiety of the unexplored are very hard to describe.

Not long, These words sum up your wanderlust way better than ‘wanderlust’

1. Resfeber (noun.)
Origin: Swedish
Meaning: The tangled feelings of fear and excitement before a journey begins.

The restless race of the heart before the journey begins, when the flights are getting booked or you inform your loved one about it, a result of anxiety and anticipation tangled together to create that subdued excitement.

2. Vagary (verb.)

Origin: Latin
Meaning: A wandering or roaming journey.

To Travel without knowing the destination is every wanderlust dream, Its an unpredictable idea, desire or action to get lost for a while and completely engulf yourself in the moment.

3. Solivagant (adjective.)

Origin: Latin
Meaning: Wandering alone

Solo Travel has exploded so much, from a journey of self-discovery to being Hip to making a statement to the world till to a point where it is no longer out of the ordinary. As most solo travelers know, you are not alone for long as you make friends on the road. But sometimes, it’s the wandering journey you take alone that is the most rewarding. Not all those who wander are lost, but all those who wander alone are definitely solivagant. 

4. Yoko meshi (noun.)

Origin: Japanese
Meaning: The stress of speaking a foreign language.

You haven’t travelled well unless you have been lost in translation. Trying to make sense of your pronunciation to that of 24 spoken languages around India is a difficult task. The feeling of getting that “Anna” right to that of Nepali accent, its fun and stressful at same time and now you know what you call that frustration when you can’t explain yourself to strangers.

5. Numinous (adjective.)

Origin: Latin
Meaning: Describing an experience that makes you fearful yet fascinated, awed yet attracted- the powerful, personal feeling of being overwhelmed and inspired
A powerful feeling of both fear and fascination, of being in awe and overwhelmed by what is before you. It is a wonderful way to describe how you feel when you see things that are so beautiful that you’re not sure whether to be amazed or realize your own insignificance in the world.  Hiking Tigers Nest was a Numinous moment for me.

6. L’Appel Du Vide (noun.)

Origin: French
Meaning:  “The Call Of The Void” The Instinctive Urge To Jump From High Places

Sitting on a ledge and staring at the void below makes you  feel all the more powerful and yet makes you ascertain that there is a fine line between life and death. The temptation we feel when we’re standing on the edge of a cliff to take a step forwards and fall into oblivion is so common  that its not a suicidal ideation but a thing called ‘High Place Phenomenon’ (HPP).

7. Yugen (noun.) ( u ke upar danda)

Origin: Japanese
Meaning: A Profound, Mysterious Sense Of The Beauty Of The Universe
An awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and mysterious for words. When you see that sky full of stars, the milky way galaxy and admire the deep beauty of universe and start contemplating about the world and your existence and it all swells up inside.

8. Sonder(verb.)

Origin: Unknown
Meaning:  The realization that everyone has a story

Can’t explain it better than the dictionary of obscure sorrows. [Sonder is] the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries, and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

9. Fernweh(noun.)

Origin: German
Meaning:  an ache to get away and travel to a distant place, a feeling even stronger than wanderlust
If wanderlust was not poetic enough for you, allow me to present fernweh, a German word that literally translates to “distance-sickness.” .While someone with wanderlust might sit at home and happily fantasies about all the places they might visit, someone with fernweh would feel a deeper sense of longing, a sort of homesickness but for foreign lands.

10. Cockaigne(noun.)

Origin: French, Middle French
Meaning:  An imaginary land of luxury and idleness


Every destination seems like a wonderland or cockaigne before you set foot there and see it for yourself. It’s the mystical land of your dreams where you cozy beside that window sill hearing those waves wash ashore in a rhythm. Lazying around in an open field with a book in hand smelling the fresh green grass and all the sweet smells of nature

11. Hygge ( noun.)

Origin: Danish
Meaning: A concept of cozying up in the company of people you love

The warm feeling you get while enjoying the company of great friends and all life has to offer.When you’re out for a meal with people you met during your travels, and you feel happy content, and even lucky that you’re right where you’re meant to be.

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