Word Power: How Well Do You Know Your Travel Lingo?
How many of these 15 travel-related words do you know? Because it pays to increase your word power.
2. “Sojourn” means:
[C] stay temporarily. “Will you sojourn with us long?” asked the receptionist as I reclined on a bench.
3. “Cosmopolitan” means:
[B] worldly-wise. Apparently, Sara wasn’t cosmopolitan enough for the maître d’ to seat her at any of the best tables.
Next: prix fixe
5. What does “couchette” mean?
A: round-trip ticket
B: French pastry
C: train’s sleeping compartment
5. “Couchette” means:
[C] train’s sleeping compartment. My couchette mates snored peacefully in their bunks.
6. “Funicular” means:
[B] cable railway. The funicular disappeared into the mist halfway up the mountain.
8. “Valise” means:
[B] small suitcase. Eric grew suspicious after finding someone else’s credentials in his valise.
9. “Sabbatical” means:
[A] break from work. “I’m here on a six-month sabbatical,” I tried to explain to the customs agent.
10. What does “ramada” mean?
A: shelter with open sides
B: dude ranch
C: in-house maid service
11. “Incidental” means:
[B] minor. “Incidental items can add weight quickly, so pack wisely,” my wife advised.
12. “Transient” means:
[B] passing through. Thankfully, the brute was a transient customer, not a permanent guest.
14. What does “rack rate” mean?
A: overhead-luggage charge
B: takeoff speed
C: full price for lodging
14. “Rack rate” means:
[C] full price for lodging. Savvy travelers never settle for a hotel’s rack rate.
15. “Peripatetic” means:
[B] traveling from place to place. After two peripatetic years in Asia, Jason settled down.
How did you do?
Scored 13 to 15? You’re first class. If you got 10 to 12, you’re business class; 9 and below spells economy for you. More word power: These days, vacations come in myriad forms. A staycation is when you don’t go anywhere and just enjoy free time at or near home. A paycation is when you moonlight as you travel. A daycation is a 24-hour getaway. We’ve also heard of a praycation (a religious trip) and even a bakeation (a foodie’s holiday dedicated to sampling pastries).