100+ Travel Words

Are you looking for unique ways to write about travel? Fortunately, there are extraordinary, unusual travel words out there to replace the overused “wanderlust,” and you can start by incorporating them for your next wandering journey. 


Dérive, a travel word, is of French origin and means drift. More specifically, it means to journey an urban landscape on a whim.

So, any time you find yourself exploring new landscapes unplanned while out, you are dériving. Try it the next time you have a few moments. Take that left instead of turning right and see what is out there to discover. 


Selcouth is an Old English term that means unfamiliar, rare, strange, but marvelous. 

For instance, if you visit any of the world’s wonders, such as the Grand Canyon or Stone Henge, that would be a selcouth. However, any site unfamiliar to you that makes you think “wow” when you see it is also a selcouth.


Hodophile should be easy to add to your list of travel words, especially when you love to travel the open roads! This Greek term means that you are a lover of roads. 


Another Greek term that is related to traveling is a nemophilist. Unlike hodophile, nemophilist means that you love or have a fondness for the beauty of forests. In short, you can confidently that you are a haunter of the woods.


How about if you have a magnetic attraction to the ocean or sea? Well, you can use the term thalassophile, also a Greek term. So, if you feel at peace near or in the ocean and trapped when away, you are a thalassophile. 


You may feel your happiest far away from society, scaling a mountain top, hiking through a forest, or surfing a wave. In that case, the Greek term Eleutheromani is applicable to you. You have an intense and irresistible desire for freedom. 


If you are lucky on your dérive, you may find a trouvaille, a French term meaning that you found something lovely by chance. Think of the times you have stumbled across something of beauty that you weren’t expecting to find while visiting a new place. 


Coddiwomple is an Old English term meaning to travel purposefully to a vague destination. 

Another great addition to your current travel words is coddiwomple because, aside from that it is fun to say, it means you are going to travel in a purposeful manner somewhere on a whim without a plan. You may get in your car and drive until you see a place you want to stop or hike on an unmarked path. 


Traveling alone may be a scary concept. However, solo travel (solivagant) can provide much-needed self-reflection and personal growth. You may be surprised by what you gain from traveling alone.


Have you ever felt frustrated that you can’t travel to two places at once because you are stuck in one body? That’s what Onism is: a philosophical yet travel-related term that hits you when you realize you are limited to just one reality, often feeling frustration with the realization.  


The French term flaneur, which means a stroller or a passionate wanderer, takes solace in walking the streets and enjoying all of its beauty. It can be a new city you have traveled to or even your neighborhood. As long as your purpose is to wander around happily appreciating what is around you, you are a flaneur. 


You feel that gravitational pull in your heart that screams, “I need to travel.” Likely, you have a destination in mind that you have to see. Then, you have a fernweh, a German term meaning an ache to get away and travel to a distant place.  


When you hit a nostalgic longing for a distant but familiar place, then you are in a saudade state. 

It could be a place you traveled to as a child or even home if you have moved away. Most importantly, you feel it in your soul that you need to be there, and you will only feel complete once you have returned. 


Have you ever experienced that feeling when you take a vacation that as if all the bothers of life has been lifted from your shoulders and you are just living in the moment? Well, if your answer is yes, then you are in a state of Ukiyo! This Japanese travel-related word says that if you are in an Ukiyo, you are in “floating world.” 

List of Travel Words 

  1. Travel
  2. Journey
  3. Trip
  4. Adventure
  5. Tour
  6. Explorer
  7. Traveler
  8. Voyage
  9. Destination
  10. Itinerary
  11. Wander 
  12. Wanderlust 
  13. Hireath
  14. Schwellenangst
  15. Saudade  
  16. Vorfreude
  17. Yūgen
  18. Yearning 
  19. Novaturient
  20. Yoko Meshi
  21. Peripatetic
  22. Landscape 
  23. Strikhedonia
  24. Homesickness 
  25. Sonder 
  26. Threshold 
  27. Drift
  28. Distant Place 
  29. Fernweh
  30. Smultronställe
  31. Eudaimonia
  32. Cockaigne
  33. Ukiyo
  34. Sehnsucht
  35. Highway 
  36. Wistful longing 
  37. Livsnjutare
  38. Anticipation 
  39. Extreme 
  40. Relaxation 
  41. Sadness 
  42. Personal Idyll 
  43. Anxiety 
  44. Architecture
  45. Worries 
  46. Idleness 
  47. Vagary
  48. Vagabond
  49. Sojourner
  50. Peregrination
  51. Excursion
  52. Odyssey
  53. Sojourn
  54. Roamer
  55. Nomad
  56. Passage
  57. Promenade
  58. Roaming
  59. Trek
  60. Expedition
  61. Campaign
  62. Pilgrimage
  63. Migration
  64. Junket
  65. Ramble
  66. Footsteps
  67. Traverse
  68. Wandering
  69. Trekkie
  70. Travelogue
  71. Rambling
  72. Vagary
  73. Globetrotter
  74. Travails
  75. Junket
  76. Jetsetter
  77. Voyager
  78. Quest
  79. Expedition
  80. Crossing
  81. Hike
  82. Wayfaring
  83. Transit
  84. Safari
  85. Outing
  86. Venture
  87. Flight
  88. Yatra (in Sanskrit, meaning journey)
  89. Seafaring
  90. Trekking
  91. Outbound
  92. Footslog
  93. Boating
  94. Jamboree
  95. Roving
  96. Jitney
  97. Adventurous
  98. Wanderlust-filled
  99. Nomadic
  100. Exotic
  101. Exploratory
  102. Peregrine
  103. Voyageur
  104. Curious
  105. Globetrotting
  106. Itinerant
  107. Roaming
  108. Transitory
  109. Wandering
  110. Jet-setting
  111. Wayfaring
  112. Rambling
  113. Journeying
  114. Traversing
  115. Vagabond
  116. Odyssean
  117. Expeditionary
  118. Nominal
  119. On-the-go
  120. Roam-ready
  121. Gallivanting
  122. Footloose
  123. Voyaging
  124. Globe-trotting
  125. Wistful
  126. Wandering-eyed


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