German Words Every Traveller Should Know

German Words Every Traveller Should Know

If you’re a frequent reader of my blog, then you know that I visited Germany and fell in love with the languageso I started learning! This list combines two loves : that of travel and that of the German language. Read on for twelve travel-related German words.

Abenteuerlust (n.) – the love of adventure

Fahren (v.) – to drive/ride/pedal/go

Fernweh (n.) – an ache for distant places; a compulsion to travel – more intense than wanderlust

Reisen (v.) – to travel (like my blog name, eh?)

Stromern (v.) – to roam

Sturmfrei (n.) – the freedom of being alone; the ability to do what you want (solo travel!)

Schwellenangst (n.) – the fear of embarking on something new; fear of crossing a threshold

Sehnsucht (nach) (n.) – a yearning for something (an appropriate word to use with travel!)

Torschlusspanik (n.) – the fear of “being left on the shelf”; that time is running out and important opportunities are slipping away

Waldeinsamkeit (n.) – the feeling of being alone in the woods; relates to the connection to nature

Wanderjahr (n.) – a year of travel before settling down to one’s vocation (originally a custom of European journeymen); Also used for any lengthy period of travel

Wanderlust/Reiselust (n.) – a strong desire for travel. We stole this one from German because we just didn’t have an English word that described how we really felt about travel. Danke



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