5 Funniest Travel Terms at Urban Dictionary
|December 7, 2012||Posted by Guest Author under Humor, Intriguing, Jibber Jabber|
Any traveler will tell you that the community surrounding it has their own special language. This is usually by adding in words that the rest of society doesn’t use on a regular basis, like ‘frequent flier miles’ and ‘communal laundry’. Especially for those of us who started going around the world when we were young, broke and relying entirely on deals to get us through.
I was on Urban Dictionary recently, and I came across some terms I had never heard before. But they were definitely amusing, and I thought I would share them with you.
I have already mentioned above that I was a backpacker once. Most of my trips around the world have been done on discount flights and buses, sleeping in crowded hostels with drunk college kids from around the globe. We may speak different languages, but a hangover is the same in every tongue. So when I saw this description, I couldn’t stop laughing; it is more accurate than most of the backpacking crowd would like to think.
2. Travel Nazi
Usually, I am not fond of the term ‘Nazi’ used casually. Call me old fashioned, but since there are people still alive who faced the horrors of the Holocaust, it just seems crass to me to invoke the name of the party responsible for one of the greatest atrocities in history. That being said, I have to admit to being amused when I read this description. Mainly because my father fits it perfectly, and it reminds me of every family vacation ever.
We all know that friend who decided to spend their gap year traveling somewhere amazing. It is the perfect way to transition from childhood to adulthood, taking some time to see another place and experience a new culture. I would recommend anyone do it, and watch their perspective change. But for every friend who comes back more or less the same only wiser, there is at least one who has had a complete personality shift. Did they undergo some kind of experimental brain transplant while in Buenos Aires? Did they suffer some kind of trauma in Singapore that caused them to listen to nothing but unheard of African ska-goth-blues indie bands as a result? It is hard to say, but you are saddened by the transformation. Also, is he wearing a tie-dye turban…?
There is no word so toxic to the avid traveler than ‘tourist’ (except maybe the word ‘pedestrian’ when used as an adjective). So it isn’t a huge surprise to see how many definitions exist for this particular phrase on UD. As you go down they seem to get more and more rage filled and vitriolic. The lesson we can learn from this? When you travel, don’t be a tourist.
An ex-boyfriend and I went on a trip to various locations in Europe when I was in my early 20′s. During this time, he grew a mustache, something I had never seen him do at the time. For some reason, he was able to get a thick strip of hair under his nose, but his beard came in patchy, so he shaved that and left the rest. I spent the entire trip with a man who looked like that creepy uncle people invite to the family reunion but never let the kids be alone with. It is my opinion that every mustache grown while traveling will make a man look like a pedophile and/or porn star. Apparently, I am not the only one.
Know a couple of funny travel terms? We are always eager to hear them, so let us know in the comments!
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