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35 Beautiful Words That Describes Wanderlust Perfectly

A treasure trove of travel words that describe how we feel before, during, and after we travel. Here are 35 words that are literary gems which have been gathered from languages around the world.

35 Beautiful Words That Describes Wanderlust Perfectly

  1. Sonder
    The realization that each passer-by is living a life as complex as your own.

  2. Solivagant
    Wandering alone. A solitary adventurer who travels or wanders the globe.
  3. Cockaigne
    An imaginary land of luxury and idleness.
  4. Sehnsucht
    A wistful longing and yearning in the heart for travels past and future.
  5. Ecophobia
    A fear or dislike of one’s home.
  6. Numinous
    A powerful feeling of both fear and fascination, of being in awe and overwhelmed by what is before you.
  7. Derive
    A spontaneous and unplanned journey where the traveler leaves their life behind allows themselves to be guided by the landscape and architecture.
  8. Peregrination
    A long journey.
  9. Odyssey
    A long journey full of adventurous.
  10. Peripatetic
    A person who spends his time wandering.
  11. Sally
    A trip, usually off the main course.
  12. Metanoia
    A journey of changing one’s mind, heart or way of life.
  13. Gadabout
    A person who travels often or to many places for pleasure.
  14. Caravan
    A group of people journeying together.
  15. Onism
    The world is a big place as not everyone will get to see it. Onism describes understanding that we’ll never get to see it all.
  16. Novaturient
    A desire to change and alter your life.
  17. Yoko meshi
    This untranslatable gem describes the stress of speaking a foreign language.
  18. Selcouth
    When everything you see and experience is unfamiliar and strange, yet you find it marvelous anyway.
  19. Eudaimonia
    A state of being happy whilst traveling and everything feels great.
  20. Coddiwomple
    To travel purposefully towards an unknown destination.
  21. Fernweh
    An ache to get away and travel to a distant place, a feeling even stronger than wanderlust.
  22. Eleutheromania
    An intense and irresistible desire for freedom.
  23. Resfeber
    The restless race of the traveler’s heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together.
  24. Sturmfrei
    The freedom of being alone and being able to do what you want.
  25. Saudade
    The emotional state of nostalgia and longing for someone or something distant. Saudade was once described as “the love that remains” after someone is gone.
  26. Yūgen
    A profound and mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe.
  27. Acatalepsy
    The impossibility of comprehending the universe.
  28. Hygge
    The warm feeling you get while enjoying the company of great friends and all life has to offer.
  29. Schwellenangst
    Fear of crossing a threshold to begin a new chapter.
  30. Strikhedonia
    The pleasure of being able to say “to hell with it”.
  31. Vagary
    A whimsical or roaming journey.
  32. Livsnjutare
    Literally meaning, “enjoyer of life”, this describes a person who loves life deeply and lives it to the extreme.
  33. Commuovere
    To stir, to touch, to move to tears.
  34. Quaquaversal
    Moving or happening in every direction instantaneously.
  35. Trouvaille
    A chance encounters with something wonderful.

Well, isn’t it a “trouvaille”?  Let us know if you know more of such words in the comments section below.

Also, read: 8 English Words That Have The Most Beautiful Meanings

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