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Summer Means Travel in Any Vocabulary

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By Evelyn J. Mocbeichel

 

 

 

Whether you waited until the children were finished with school or for your work schedule to be secured, you are now free to travel. We normally call it “time off,” “vacation,” or “going on a getaway,” but there are so many other expressions to describe this precious time we look forward to all year long.

Remembering an old expression my grandmother used to describe someone who was out and about here and there, she’d say they were out gallivanting. It can be described as wandering about or off seeking pleasure through travels. I think my grandmother used it to describe someone who was not in a place he or she was expected to be.

Another old expression my mom used is traipse. Most often it was used in the context of, “I just washed the kitchen floor, so don’t traipse through it.” Today’s interpretation of the word traipse is often a more relaxed manner of travel, to go here and there, perhaps with no exact destination in mind. This is a good word for recent college graduates spending the summer exploring Europe just traipsing from country to country without a schedule in mind.

Another word that evokes worldwide travel is globetrotter, which is someone who goes country to country, perhaps fairly frequently, be it for work or pleasure. In fact, there is a cable TV program with a similar name, Globe Trekker, which features the exploration of different countries each week for viewers to enjoy.

There is yet another term for someone who is a worldwide traveler and that is wayfarer. Perhaps not as common, or as popular, it came into the English language back in the 1400s. It describes someone who usually travels by foot in his/her explorations. The word wayfarer was such a great name to use, that Ray-Ban sunglasses adopted it as a name for a pair of their top-model sunglasses. These glasses were made even more popular back in the 1980s when the classic film Risky Business came out. It was Tom Cruise’s breakout role, and in the film he was sporting Wayfarer sunglasses. Naturally, most people who saw that film remember the other iconic scene where a young Cruise slides across the room in his briefs, socks and a button-down shirt and pretends he is a rock and roller! Can you believe that film was made 35 years ago?

So whichever mode you decide to use for your travels this summer or whichever word you use to describe them, have a safe and wonderful journey! Happy Vacation!

July 11, 2018 |

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