Travel Words That Don't Exist (But Should!): Part II
ALLISON TANENHAUS AND HARRY GORDON
Ever at a loss for words to describe what you’re experiencing on the go? Fear not; we’ve once again come up with a list of brilliant phrases to articulate common travel scenarios, from transportation to overnight lodging. (Want even more wise words? Peek back at Part I!)
Blabigator: Someone who is supposed to help you navigate, but talks so much they miss turns and instructions.
Smile Marker: When you decide to be nice and let someone in front of you…and they wave and say thank you. (We’re all sharing the same road out there!)
Detourist: Someone who loves to take different routes and discover something super cool they wouldn’t have found otherwise.
Gourmet-cation: A foodie-centric vacation.
Chewed-Up For Anything: When one eats cuisine that is normally not ordered or desired—but simply must be sampled—given its revered status as a local or regional delicacy.
Try-It-Tician: The title you assume when traveling, which allows you to eat any food on vacation—especially just to “try it”—and not have it count against your diet.
Honeymoochers: A couple who travels together to desirable locations, relying on friends who live there for room, board, and other items, under the pretense they are “visiting.”
Pilloooooow Yeah: When the hotel pillow is SO much nicer than the one you have at home…and you seriously consider never returning for just this reason.
PLANNING AND PACKING
Overmight Bag: An over-packed bag for the time planned to travel—plus additional just-in-case items. “It’s a three-day trip, but I should pack seven pairs of underwear. You never know. I might need them.”
Shruggage: Luggage for the free spirit who packs on a whim, when their plans—including where, when, with whom, and even if they’ll stay overnight—are largely unknown.
Doubt Of Office Notification: Out of office notification that expresses uncertainty that one will return to the workplace at the end of planned travels. “I’m away in Hawaii until the 23rd—IF I decide to come back, that is!”
Forget-Me-Boughts: That “arrrrgh!”-inducing phenomenon of going out of your way prior to a trip to purchase a specific item you know you will need—that you also know will be a major pain to procure when you reach your destination—only to completely forget to pack it.
Duty Spree: The act of buying tons of stuff you don’t need, just because it’s duty free.
Dash-Out Cash-Out: When you rush to spend the last bits of loose change and small bills of a foreign currency at the very end of your travels, so you don’t have to change it back when you return. (See: Duty Spree.)
Sightscreamer: A sightseer who—upon reaching every new vista, monument, or landscape—loudly exclaims in wonder, “Oh, LOOK!!!”
Auteurist: A tourist who extensively directs others (usually family) to create imaginative photos or videos of their own vision.
Deja Who: When you bump into someone in a foreign place and know you’ve never met them…but they look *so* familiar.