20 travel terms you need to know this year


, Variety

‘Gramping, mancation, bratpacker,  overtourism.  do these words sound like jargons? If they do, read on to know more, as these are the terms travellers will use most  frequently in 2020′

Break-up breaks

Buckets of ice-cream, romantic movie reruns and retail therapy to get over a broken relationship is passé. Millennials now pack their bags and go soul searching instead. Called break-up breaks, these vacations help deal with the stress, anxiety and emotional upheaval one goes through when a relationship ends, and provide a chance to travel to a place away from the familiar where one can discover their purpose in life.


Do you have that one person in your friend circle who is always boasting about their exotic vacations? The one who never misses a chance to share insider travel tips about destinations they have been to? Let them know that they are a travelangelist (travel+angelist) the next time they offer unsolicited advice about travel.


Pretty women bloggers in stylish dresses posing artistically in front of picturesque locations define a travelista, a new-age compound word made from ‘travel’ and ‘fashionista’. These ladies, with hundreds of followers on social media sites, seamlessly combine their love for travel with fashion.


Do not confuse a flashpacker with a backpacker. While the latter has a shoestring budget, a flashpacker would check into a homestay or hotel, opt for a more comfortable mode of transport like an airplane or a cab, and would choose fine-dining restaurants over
local diners.

Digital nomads

The people who work remotely to live and travel more freely. Mostly youngsters, they depend on the virtual world to earn their living.

Grey nomad

A common term in Australia, it denotes an adventure-loving mature traveller who explores a country, stays in a caravan or a tent for a reasonably long time.


Remember the movie franchise Hangover, where four friends set off on a bachelor’s trip to strengthen their bond and end up having a series of adventures? There is no better way to describe a mancation than a vacation where men participate in a bunch of fun activities like playing golf or a game of cards or go surfing or engage in adventure sports.


Another compound word made from ‘tourist’ and ‘restaurant’, it can be defined as an eatery that has gained popularity owing to its location. Think of restaurants in such all-year touristy places as Venice, Paris and Vienna. They do not worry about the quality of food and customers never returning, as new visitors and tourists will walk in every day.


Pronounced as ‘hoo-gah’, this Danish word  means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life like cosying up with the family for a movie or having dinner with your loved ones. No wonder the Danes are considered one of the happiest in the world.


After yostels (hotels+hostels), the new brigade is looking at established hotel chains offering smaller rooms. Often less then 200 sq feet, the terms that make these rooms attractive are “cosy” and “efficient”!


If you love solitude and the woods, this is the perfect word for you. Translated, this German word denotes the feeling of being alone in the woods. The word is about creating a connection with nature and savouring the time spent exploring it.


The Swedish word describes what you feel once your flight tickets have been booked to take you to your next travel destination. It refers to the mixed feeling of anxiety and anticipation a traveller feels.


Even before ‘wayfarer’ became popular as a particular type of eyewear across the world, it was used to describe a person who travels from one place to another on foot.


The world is a big place but there are some destinations that have a horde of tourists crowding them throughout the year. So, avoid the most popular places and think going off the beaten track. Avoid overtourism.


Derived from the Greek language, this word describes a wanderer — a person who spends his or her time wandering or travelling without any fixed destination or a return ticket!


In a word, a bratpacker is a traveller on a budget. These vacationers love to live out of their suitcase, look for affordable accommodations and choose local food over fancy restaurants. They familiarise themselves with the destinations they are visiting and leave no stone unturned to let their hair down and make the most of their trip. They are somewhat akin to backpackers but live by the motto, travel hard and party harder.


If visiting your grandparents is one of the fondest memories of your childhood, you would love gramping. Also called skip-gen breaks, it is about taking a vacation with your grandparents. In other words, it is a holiday without any parental intervention. It is the perfect opportunity for the grandparents to bond with their grandchildren and for the younger generation to understand their parents better from the stories the grandparents have to share about them.

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