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Escape Hunter's Travel Slang Dictionary

June 2, 2014
November 15, 2014

Could I live without travel slang? Oh no...
In case you stumbled upon a "weird" expression, this little dictionary might come in handy.

Travel slang dictionary

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First of all - none of these are meant to be offensive, but merely harmless, humorous, metaphorical etc.

Part of this slang was invented by me, but most of the words are commonly used by others as well...

banana republic

term widely used for exotic, warm countries whose economy primarily relies on agriculture (like the countries whose economy is primarily driven by the banana production)

beer tour

this is what I do when I go out to check a variety of local beers (I do this whenever I drop in to a new location) - it's a thing many professional travelers do


relatively young or middle-aged male person - regardless whether friendly or unfriendly (the expression is more widely used in Britain)


(Spanish): literally means "drunk", but I also use it for describing peculiar comic grotesque figures who behave or look like Barney Gumble from the Simpsons (rather fat and lazy-clumsy male persons)


exceptionally friendly male person (regardless of age) - otherwise: a very friendly guy can be a "bro", but a "guy" is just a guy... whereas "bloke" is just a young guy


cramped small habitation facility - like a hotel room or a train coach compartment; a small hotel room can be a box (therefore: "I'll be in my box" could refer to either being in my small hotel room or in my train sleeping compartment)


any meal, this includes snacking, breakfast, lunch, dinner - therefore "brunching" refers to eating


policeman, cop


lift, elevator; it could also refer to a cramped sleeping compartment (such as one on a train) or a small hotel room

ditch, to ditch

to escape from an unpleasant situation, e.g. "to evade", "to get out of-", "to escape" an unpleasant situation


young lady - I prefer the term "doris" instead of "chick", because the latter sounds a bit degrading and too popular to me


a trip is an escape (I call all my travels escapes); but a visit to particular places within a city (e.g. a city tour, walkaround) is a mere "trip"; my "escapes" are listed directly under the My Escapes page, but within them you can find a variety of smaller trips (short escapes) and other articles


the full-of-muscle type male figures with an aggressive attitude - the kind of men you usually find at the entrances of bars, clubs or, the "bodyguard", security employee-type


homeless person



reconnaissance (~ mission)

refers to my first "look around" walks, trips at any particular location where I recently dropped-in to; a short look-around walk for curiosity without thorough exploration


restaurant (because the "reconditioner" reconditions you to a non-hungry state)


restaurant (similarly to the expression above... you essentially get "refurbished")

shady creep

suspect-looking, even dangerous-looking street male person ("creep") - the typical specimens are individuals who stroll on streets apparently "doing nothing serious", just loitering, while wearing snobbish outfits (like: sunglasses, "pimp"-like clothing, excessive male jewelry, too sporty or too extravagantly "elegant" snobbish outfits)... these male persons can be encountered especially in late hours (and during the night they roam like flocks of sardines) in alleys, in and around bars, night clubs and are part of the "fauna" of low-run, badly-famed neighbourhoods...

sister, sis

exceptionally friendly young lady - term I use similarly to the "doris" term, only that "sister" expresses sympathy, while "doris" simply refers to any "young lady"; "sister" or "sis" are analogue to the male "bro" (which derives from "brother")

status bug

person who gives excessively much importance to his/her social status (typically over-preoccupied with self-image, social reputation, often brash, arrogant and cocky people); I include snobs into this category

taxi coaster

long rides that taxi drivers take you on, only to make you pay a lot more for a trip that could be a lot shorter (tourists are generally the victims of such tricks);


a person who tries to trick others; fraudsters, swindlers may be included in this category (street sellers offering "original Rolex watches" or "friendly strangers" who want to invite you somewhere)

urban fauna

includes categories of weird persons like "borrachos", "gorillas" and "shady creeps", as well as the stray animals living in a city (let them be cats, dogs etc.), as well as the freely living animals (for instance, the birds)


strange, odd, unusual - but not necessarily in the negative sense; for instance, a salad can be "wicked", or a bus ride or even the sunlight

window eating

this is what I do when I look around, walk around checking out restaurants (mostly from the outside), trying to get a glimpse of their menu, but not ordering anything

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