Like them or loathe them; travel has yet again added a few more wacky words to our vocabulary.
Every year, hundreds of new words are added to the English language, and this year, travel donated quite a few. We thought we’d keep you in the know and have provided you with just some of our favourite terms that have captured the changing trends and concepts in travel.
Austerication is a combination of the words ‘austere’ and ‘vacation’ and was coined to describe the growing trend of downgrading your holiday by swapping hot travel destinations for something more affordable and closer to home – for example, the Balearics for Bournemouth.
An ‘Adrenication’ is where you seek out ‘adrenaline’ activities while on holiday. These can vary from things such as bungee jumps, sky diving and zip lining, but can also cover other adventurous activities such as skiing, mountain biking and quad biking. Are you an adrenication junkie?
We’ve all heard the saying “don’t mix business with pleasure”. Well this is one of those times when you most definitely should! If you’re being sent on a two-day business trip and your office has booked you into a double room, why not make the most of it and invite your partner to tag along? All you’ll need to do is shell out for the air fare.
Economy has often been referred to as the “cattle class” and we’re sure you’ve experienced it a number of times. Now Air New Zealand has introduced a new way of flying, known as the ‘cuddle class’ - even the name sounds comfortable! Basically, the airline has designed the Economy Skycouch in its new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a way that a row of three seats can be converted into a couch at the touch of a button, allowing you to fly flat without paying first class rates. We’re hoping that since the idea is so revolutionary, other airlines will be forced to follow suit! To travel “cuddle class”, passengers pay for two seats at the standard economy rate, and half of a third seat.
A flashpacker shares some of the characteristics of a backpacker: a sense of independence, no fixed itinerary and relatively long periods of travel to more exotic and far-flung destinations. Whereas backpacking is traditionally associated with budget travel and destinations that are relatively cheap, flashpacking has an association of more disposable income while travelling. Think of backpacking, but with a bigger budget!
A ‘greycation’ is where three generations of a family go on a joint holiday in a drive to save money and boost togetherness – some might also call this ‘free babysitting’. Going on holiday as an extended family means that costs are reduced as travel and accommodation expenses are shared between a larger group, for example, opting for a villa as opposed to a number of hotel rooms.