Take just one look in the app store or Google Play and you’ll be completely overwhelmed by the sheer amount of translation apps available to you out there… So we wouldn’t blame you for asking why anyone would actually take the time to discuss and even learn important words or phrases in English – right from the source. But sharing a bit of lingo can take you far. Right now, it’s all about a crazy travel buzzword and funny idioms which you’ll pick up throughout your travels which will help you stand out from the crowd and make new friends. (International friends = international places to stay, yay!)
Because, honestly, staring at your phone waiting for Google Translate to do its (granted, pretty awesome) thing is probably not working for you. Maybe it’s the lack of eye contact disconcerting all those nearly-friends. Or existential fear of the modern age – who knows
We’ve noticed several travel buzzwords which keep popping up lately to help break the ice when you find yourself in an international setting with nothing but the English language in common. So sit back and have a whale of a time
You might not be a native-level English speaker, but as long as you know a couple of useful phrases like ‘My name is’, ‘I come from’, “I don’t understand” and “Can I have…?”, we’re guessing your English is better than you let on. Google Translate is certainly a good place to start to widen that vocabulary, but we happen to know a better one… You guessed it, just keep reading.
And with these awesome new travel
Our quick overview about the Must-have travel buzzwords
- Hang out
- To blow out of here
- Have a whale of a time
- Piece of cake
- Throw a party
- Watching grass grow
- Have the blues
- Drive someone up the wall
- Bleisure travel or traveler
- Staycation or
Words and phrases for daily use
We researched the freshest and latest travel buzzwords for you so you are prepared for your next holiday. Moreover, we wrote down some general words and phrases so you are prepared for EVERY situation. Have fun with all these phrases!
Travel buzzword #1
“Hang out” is really one of those English phrases that
Mike: What are you up to today, Bob?
Bob: I’m going to hang out at Wendy’s house.
Travel buzzword #2
To blow out of here
“Let’s blow out of here” means to leave a place as soon as possible. This phrase is usually used when you are at a party, event or at someone’s place and it’s boring. A similar expression is “blow the joint”. Basically, it jazzes up the expression, let’s get out of here, but you’ll sound cooler 😉
Wendy: What do you think of the party?
Bob: I’m not enjoying it…. I’m ready to blow out of here.
Travel buzzword #3
Have a whale of a time
“Have a whale of a time” is used to describe having a really great time and are enjoying yourself A LOT. We’re not sure why this is…. Maybe Whales are just proper party animals? But we digress. One thing’s for sure: if you’re having a whale of a time you probably don’t want to blow out of the place.
Bob: How was hanging out with Rachel?
Tim: Great! We had a whale of a time!
Travel buzzword #4
Piece of cake
It’s more than likely that you’ll be hearing: “Oh! That’s a piece of cake” only to discover that there is, in fact, not a piece of cake to be seen. That’s because the meaning of this phrase has nothing to do with the sweet delicacy everyone loves.
That’s disappointing of course, but on the plus side, if someone tells you something is ‘a piece of cake’, you can be sure that it will be very easy.
Harry: I’ve got this activity for you to do tomorrow morning at work. Don’t worry though, it’ll be a piece of cake!
Travel buzzword #5
“I am zapped” means I am exhausted. So if someone invites you for a night out but you’re too tired to join you can just say: “I am zapped. What about tomorrow?” For an exciting alternative, consider using the British word, “knackered” or “dead tired”.
Rachel: I’ve spent the last 20 hours traveling from New York to Paris – I am
Travel buzzword #6
Throw a party
“To throw a party” is another way to say have a party, social gathering. Fingers crossed you’ll be doing lots of this!
Tom: Hey, fancy throwing a party tomorrow morning.
Wendy: Definitely! We’ll have a whale of a time!
Travel buzzword #7
Watching grass grow
“Watching grass grow” is a way to say that something is boring. Reaaaally boring. You can use it to describe a movie, an event or a situation. A neat alternative is: “watching paint dry” – so basically a situation where you’d rather be watching paint dry. Literally.
Travel buzzword #8
Have the blues
To “Have the blues” means to feel sad or depressed, a good equivalent to ‘feeling under the weather’. Many people also use the expression “Blue Monday” which means to be downbeat on a Monday – mostly because it’s the first day of the week and you have to return to work. So understandably not the best day of the week!
Rachel: Sarah didn’t look very happy just now, has she got the blues?
Max: I think she’s just suffering from a case of Blue Monday!
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Travel buzzword #9
Drive someone up the wall
If you hear someone telling that you ’re driving him up the wall, things don’t look good. This is because “Drive someone up the wall” means to annoy or irritate someone immensely. Well, at least now you know what that means. We just hope it’s because you’re trying out all your new vocabulary skills on them!
Clare: Are we there yet?
Bob: Clare, you’re driving me up the wall! Can you stop asking that!
Travel buzzwords for your holistay
Even as you’re trying to catch up with all these English words and phrases that will help you in your journeys, the travel industry keeps coming up with new terms. Really, what’s up with all these travel buzzwords that have recently been added to your travel vocabulary? Let’s take a look at some of them so you won’t be caught unprepared on your next trip or “
(Even though, between us even if you stick to all the traditional travel words everyone is familiar with, it’s also absolutely fine.)
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Travel buzzword #10
Bleisure travel or traveler
Bleisure is a term that was first introduced casually in 2009 but lately we see it very often in travel articles. Bleisure derives from the words “business” and “leisure” and it refers to trips that combine business with leisure time. Who doesn’t love a vacation paid for
Travel buzzword #11
If you aren’t spending your holidays in another country or city but instead stay at home with your family or friends then you’re on “staycation” or “
Travel buzzword #12 Flocation
Similar to staycation,
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Travel buzzword #13
“Jetiquette” is a term used to describe the proper
Travel buzzword #14 Spafari
Ok, that’s an easy one. “
Travel buzzword #15
Hopefully, you won’t be going on a “
Travel buzzword #16
“Microgapping” is taking a short break and heading to nature for a few days. The term became particularly known after Visit England launched a £2.5m ‘Join the World – #MyMicrogap’ campaign in order to encourage British young people to explore the country’s sites. We don’t know about you, but we loved mini breaks even before they were named