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Travel jargon demystified

Sustainable travel can seem serious, but travel is meant to be fun!

We have all read the jargon. ‘Take a trip to this exclusive eco-resort, where the discerning traveller will be pampered and experience authentic,  local travel in Africa’. But what does it all mean?

I’ve done some word crunching to bring you the TravelCrunch guide to blogging travel jargon. You probably won’t agree, but that is what the comment boxes are for. They are not for ‘Nice post. Thanks for sharing!’ or even, ‘I came across this blog while searching on Google. It is the most helpful blog I have come across in my quest to become the best promoter of casinos and medications on the internet. I will be back!’.

This is an alternative view of travel jargon. Many of the true explanations of slow travel, sustainable travel, staycations and the like have either been covered on this blog or will be in the future.

Extreme adventure-travel jargon
Adventure skiing

Adventurous
Other variants: adventure and occasionally extreme.
Means: The writer is up for anything, but would become a crumbling wreck if they had to organise and pay for it themselves.

Authentic Travel
Other variants: Real
Means: The travel was not provided via a memory implant. See the Rekall Corporation.

Budget travel
Other variants, phrases and keywords: Cheap, no frills, cattle class.
Means: Travel where many of the basic necessities are payable extras. Don’t expect champagne, but WiFi is usually included.

Digital Nomad
Other variants: Nomad, Nomadic, Roamancing, wanderer.
Means: Staying in one place too long is like an admission of failure to these people. They must have been born under a ‘Wandering Star‘.

Polar bears
Polar bears at Grand Place, Brussels

Eco
Other variants: Green, responsible, sustainable.
Photo opportunities: Polar bears, pandas and parakeets. This is all about the 3 P’s.
Other key words and phrases: Travel lightly, ‘protect people, planet, profit’.
Means: Fly 4000 miles First Class to a resort where they have two solar panels and where they don’t change your bath linen unless you request it. They employ at least one local inhabitant as a Night Porter.

Flashpacking
Other similar variants: Glamping.
Means: Budget travel sold at a premium rate, now there’s a contradiction in terms, but I kid you not. The emphasis is on the included internet connectivity which is usually a given in budget accommodation.

Hidden gem
Other variants: Gem, jewel.
Means: I don’t know the answer to this one. I’ve visited many of the places where these gems are supposedly to be found, but I’ve never located even the tiniest chip of diamond or rubies. Shame if I found one perhaps I wouldn’t have to blog anymore.

Hipster
Other variants: ?
Means: This one baffles me as it apparently refers to a group that reject labelling. So why do they call themselves hipsters?

Jettsetter
Other variants and related words: Jet Set, turn left, upgrade, Flyer Miles.
Means: Someone who’s proud of their large carbon footprint or the transport mode of choice for high profile Climate Change Film makers. They feel fine as long as they plant a few trees each year which will take 30 years to grow enough to absorb the carbon dioxide. Then the trees either die or burn down and release the carbon once more.

Local travel
Variants and phrases: ‘Travel like a local’.
Means: Getting up at 7 am and taking public transport or a slow queue infested drive to the business quarter of a city. When there, the day is spent updating Social Media accounts on a computer. Then at 5 pm returning for a meal then either sitting in front of the TV or going to the nearest bar.

Luxury travel
Variants and keywords: Exclusive, discerning, pampering, champagne, suite, infinity pool, massage, spa, 7 stars.
Means: Making the statement: ‘Money comes so easy to me. I can afford to squander it on overpriced travel’. Nearly always served with champagne, but WiFi us usually a chargeable extra.

Off the beaten track
Off the beaten track

Off the beaten track
Other variants: ‘Off the beaten trail’, ‘The road less travelled’.
Means: The SatNav is malfunctioning.

Slow Travel
Other variants: Slow Food, Slow Movement, Slow Gardening, Slow Science, Slow Art, Slow Fashion, Slow Money
Means: Travelling by air when a volcano erupts in Iceland, or by rail in France when the Rail Unions have been told to work for longer, before taking retirement, or bus at any time.

Staycation
Variants: Holistay.
Means: Originally meant using your own home as a base for your vacation. Now means staying anywhere in your own country. Lucky Russians. They have a choice of anywhere between the Baltic and Black Seas and the Bering Sea.

Tourist
Other keywords: Touristy, touristic, tour guide, tourist trap.
Means: The term the travel industry professionals use to describe consumers of travel products and services.

Traveller
Variants: traveler. Often preceded by budget, luxury, eco, green, responsible, adventure.
Means: Just like in the Sound of Music, ‘Me’ is a name I call myself. This is the term consumers of travel products and services like to call themselves.

Unique
Variants: Exclusive.
Means: Only you will feel exactly this way about the trip you are about to take, or just took.

I guess everyone will have their own definitions of a travel jargon. What are your favourites?

 

About John Williams

John Williams looks at travel from a responsible consumer's perspective. He is doesn't accept hosted trips, so don't expect gushing reports of experiences that neither he, you, nor our planet can afford. He, is the first to acknowledge that when it comes to sustainable travel, he has a lot to learn. TravelCrunch is a platform for sharing his learning, but if you have any tips or disagreements feel free to air them in the comments.

What is a taste in luxury travel actually saying?

Why is it so many people aspire to fly in First Class, sleep in Five Star hotels (or even Seven Star hotels) and eat in Michelin Three Star restaurants? Don’t they know that it is very poor value for money? That you can sleep just as well in a £29 per night room as a £2900 per night room? That the carbon footprint of a seat in First Class is at least double that of one in Standard?
5 star hotel room

I don’t know whether anyone has researched the psychology of luxury travel, but studies undertaken for luxury brands, found that someone buying a handbag for $50,000 is saying ” I have so much money that I can afford to waste it”.  The message being “I am a winner” and if you mate with me, our offspring will have a great chance of promulgating our genes also. Or to sum it up in one word “Sex”.

It goes deep into the contemporary psyche. Role models are chosen for their looks and the brands and fashion ideals they endorse. Their values or contribution to making the world a better place seem to count for little.  School children not sporting the right logos, must either conform or be bullied. This is worse than the secret police in a Cold War Era Eastern European country, making life a misery for anyone not toeing the party line. Combine this with incessant  advertising from TV, film, computer games and even by stealth through their social media accounts and our youth don’t stand a chance. It is no wonder that many believe that being someone is a matter of having the right logos on their clothes, cars, hotel chain or airline.

But is travel like a Hermes handbag? Do extravagant purchases define us as someone successful? Is a tan in the middle of winter a status symbol to wear with pride? Does taking regular flights make you a member of the “Jet Set”?

In Europe since the 1950’s the cost of flying, encouraged by lenient taxation, nose-dived.   Spain was suddenly affordable and millions flocked there returning with a tan, donkeys wearing sombreros and other ornaments proudly displayed in the home to demonstrate that here is a person “well-travelled”. But then the Jones’ had to go on that trip to Florida and Disneyland! To keep up with them, a trip to the Maldives was a “must do”  for the following year, even if it meant getting into debt.  Does this explain why cruises to the Antarctic are now in vogue?

I’ve raised a lot of questions in this post. I don’t have answers to most of them. However, in a world of limited resources and Climate Change, it matters not only how much we travel, but how we travel. If a backpacker hiking for a year has a smaller ecological footprint  than someone flying 2,000 miles to stay at a Seven Star Hotel for a week, surely these questions are important?

If it really all does boil down to sex, why are our planetary life support systems getting screwed instead?

About John Williams

John Williams looks at travel from a responsible consumer's perspective. He is doesn't accept hosted trips, so don't expect gushing reports of experiences that neither he, you, nor our planet can afford. He, is the first to acknowledge that when it comes to sustainable travel, he has a lot to learn. TravelCrunch is a platform for sharing his learning, but if you have any tips or disagreements feel free to air them in the comments.

The very latest in cruise ship luxury

This timely exclusive for the TravelCrunch site, is the latest development in cruise ships. It ties in nicely with today’s #FriFotos theme of Transportation, (#FriFotos is where Twitter members share photos on a given theme).

Now, I know a lot of you will say that this is a betrayal of the principles behind TravelCrunch. That cruise ships have a massive carbon footprint. That they disgorge sewage, albeit treated and in accordance with regulations, into our seas and oceans and often have on board waste incinerators. But worst of all some of you say, that by discharging so many passengers into the ports they visit, they disrupt daily life. Stories of locals having to queue for up to six hours to collect their unemployment benefit or state pension, at the Post Office, due to the sheer numbers buying stamps for postcards, are not uncommon.
That aside, France once renowned for it’s Transatlantic Liners such as the ‘Normandie’, is returning to the luxury cruise market, in a big way. Today they have given us a preview of their new cruise ship. Gone are the carbon copy cabins and state rooms. Instead when you book your cruise, you will get a cabin or stateroom customised to your requirements. Many passengers opt for window boxes on their balcony. Others like to show off their green credentials by storing their bicycle outside their rooms. Ideal for those shore excursions.
Cruise ship
Why have a cabin the same as everyone else’s? “Photo byJosh Clark” on Flickr
Premier avril, Cruise ship
When you can have one customised to make a statement about you.
The ‘Premier avril’ is currently being fitted out in St Nazaire and will commence her maiden voyage in exactly one year’s time. Are you a luxury traveller and couldn’t quite get what cruising was about? Will this ship change everything for you?

About John Williams

John Williams looks at travel from a responsible consumer's perspective. He is doesn't accept hosted trips, so don't expect gushing reports of experiences that neither he, you, nor our planet can afford. He, is the first to acknowledge that when it comes to sustainable travel, he has a lot to learn. TravelCrunch is a platform for sharing his learning, but if you have any tips or disagreements feel free to air them in the comments.