A new vocabulary for describing travel emotions

The English language is thought to have more words than any other, but when it comes to vocabulary to convey the complex emotions we experience when we travel, it could definitely use a few more.

To overcome this deficiency, English has borrowed words such as the German wanderlust, and we use French to wish people a bon voyage, but there are plenty of other foreign words that we could incorporate to enrich our language even further. In Japanese, they talk about yoko meshi to describe the stress of speaking a foreign language and German has fernweh to describe a yearning for far-off places.

Even with the help of foreign languages, there are still many feelings when we travel for which there are no unique words.

Here are some that we’ve invented that sum up a few of these common travel experiences with just one word.

Read the rest of the story on The Globe & Mail’s website.

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