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15 Unusual Travel Words You Really Should Know

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Social Content Editor
Updated: 21 April 2017

What’s the first thing people normally ask you as soon as you’ve got back from vacation? ‘How was it?’ Right? Well, if you’re bored to death of saying ‘yeah it was amazing!’ or ‘great’, we’ve compiled an awesome list of alternatives that will trump all the usual responses. From Swedish to German, French to Latin, these 15 unusual travel words will make you so much cooler than the rest of your explorer buddies. 

1. Sehnsucht, origin: German…

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© Alex Picerne / Culture Trip

 

2. Schwellenangst, origin: German…

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© Alex Picerne / Culture Trip

 

3. Onism, Origin: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows – John Koenig…

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© Alex Picerne / Culture Trip

 

4. Dérive, origin: French…

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© Culture Trip / Alex Picerne

 

5. Livsnjutare, origin: Swedish…

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© Alex Picerne / Culture Trip

 

6. Resfeber, origin: Swedish

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© Alex Picerne / Culture Trip

 

7. Novaturient, origin: Latin

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© Alex Picerne / Culture Trip

 

8. Vagary, origin: Latin…

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© Alex Picerne / Culture Trip

 

9. Trouvaille, origin: French…

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© Alex Picerne / Culture Trip

 

10. Sonder, origin: Unknown…

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© Alex Picerne / Culture Trip

 

11. Eleutheromania, origin: Greek…

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© Alex Picerne / Culture Trip

 

12. Numinous, origin: Latin…

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© Alex Picerne / Culture Trip

 

13. Eudaimonia, origin: Greek…

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© Alex Picerne / Culture Trip

 

14. Sturmfrei, origin: German…

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© Alex Picerne / Culture Trip

 

15. Strikhedonia, origin: Greek…

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© Alex Picerne / Culture Trip

 


 

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