Backpacker Jargon - Slang - Terms - Sayings
AFTER ARMY - Refers to the Israel traveler. They all are required to go to
the army, So either before or after army they travel. Normally they travel after
Around the World Ticket - A plane ticket that normally is for one year. You will
choose the places and the stop. Common with backpackers. Maybe 1- 5 percent.
Backpacker - Self Contained see newsletter
Beggen - They are begging to get robbed. Wearing jewelry or camera around neck.
Bible - The guidebook
Bible Bashing - To complain about the guidebook.
BLANKED THEM - To give a completely blank face and to know understand or
acknowledge anything. Common among the natives or locals, but the backpacker can
do it back.
Bongos - Men that carry bongos to pick up women.
British path - England - India - Thailand - Indonesia - Australia
Business Day - A day that you get visas, change money, buy a ticket, as opposed
to seeing tourist attractions.
Center of backpackers Universe.
Cigarette smoking Europeans.
Dorm - see letter
Dredd Heads -
European tourer - Travelers that use the credit card, and should be called
Front pack - A normal small backpack, but worn on the front and you have your
large backpack on your back.
FULL MOON PARTY - An excuse for people to party and locals earn money. This is
being copied around the world. Most famous is Full Moon Party is probably on the
Island of Koh Phan Ngan
Gap girls - Young travelers from England traveling in the gap between school.
Goa Thing - Reference to going to Goa
Hippie: a usually young person who rejects the mores of established society (as
by dressing unconventionally or favoring communal living) and advocates a
nonviolent ethic; broadly : a long-haired unconventionally dressed young person
Hostel - Has dorm beds
Internet Cafe - A place that sells internet access and the use of a computer.
Normally they do not sell coffee, or drinks, although that is probably where the
name initially started and has somehow been coined.
It's her last night.
Lagerhead Brit - Person that drink lager in his or her local, gets drunk and
decides to travel, not the brightest of the bunch and tend to talk only futball,
drugs, and has more tatoos than normal. Smokes cigarettes one after another,
person to be avoided unless you have no sense.
Last screwing: The last time you get ripped, bullshitted, or cheated on the way
out of a country. Normally this indicated you are between a rock and a hard
place and they know they got you and you must pay. Example: The taxi from the
train to the border. There is no way to know the fair price of the distance so
Locals or a Local - The people that were born and raised in the city or area you
are visiting. People you meet in strange cities will behave differently when
they are not locals.
Middle Class Guilt -
On a mission - People that have an inflexible itinerary and travel through a
country very fast.
Out - How long are you out for?
OVERNIGHT - A train or bus that leaves in the evening and arrives in the morning
saving the cost or a room and making the trip faster because you sleep all
night. But you often do not see the country.
Party followers -
Pony Tails - Latinos that try to be Indians to get the women.
Queue - The line that forms for the market, toilet, immigration. This is what
England does well. A topic for discussion and an annoyance because large numbers
of countries you must push your way to the front of lines.
Rucksack - Small backpack or smallish backpack worn on front of back, the term
used by most British people and is not really American English
Save the world -
Spot - The Spot - Hippies look for the spot where they can be hippies or drugs
Stamped - To get the visa, tourist card, or whatever is necessary to enter a
country. Normally this made with a rubber stamp with a pounding thud noise.
Student Card -
Techno Crowd (The) - Groups of travelers that congregate in areas where they
play techno music or trance music.
The Hellos - A comparison of where you are from? Who? Why? etc. Some traveler
The Invisible Leash
The Uniform - Backpacker clothing.
Tin Tin - Belgium or French Cartoon about a boy that travels the world, you will
see the cartoon in various cities around the planet.
Too Much Country - A country where if there is something it is always too much.
India. If it is dirty. It is too Dirty. If it is Beautiful It is too beautiful.
Always too much.
Tourist Class Bus - No locals on the bus
Travel Talk Mistake: Common things an experienced traveler learns not to do like
guess what country a person is from, or to not be aware of the typical
stereotypes of travelers of specific countries and start talking about them.
Traveler - Person that goes to place to place with no plans, often changing
Trust Fund Traveler - Person that travels because has rich family member that
dies and gave them money.
Virgin - Person that is just entered the continent.
Yellow Bible - Lonely planet