Travel is filled with emotions. Anytime you go somewhere, you’re giving yourself the chance to be delighted, to fall in love, to feel out of place, to find comfort. That’s a big part of why we like to get out there — and yet sometimes nothing in the English language adequately explains these experiences. Or at least not as succinctly as these foreign travel-related words we’ve gathered below. We’re keeping these in our back pocket for the next time we’re grasping for a word to capture a specific, evocative moment from our journeys, and we invite you to do the same.
Waldeinsamkeit (German): The feeling of solitude in a forest.
Bausünde (German): An architectural eyesore.
Dépaysement (French): The feeling that comes of being a foreigner.
Trouvaille (French): A valuable discovery or a lucky find.
Madrugada (Spanish): The period between late-night and early-morning.
Saudade (Portuguese): A deep emotional state of nostalgia or longing for an absent someone or something.
Hygge (Danish): The feeling and atmosphere that arises when you get comfy in the company of others.
Forelsket (Norwegian): The euphoria you experience when you’re first falling in love.
Trúnó (Icelandic): The act of getting in a very private, confessional conversation with someone, usually accompanied by alcohol.