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HoboTraveler.com List of Backpacker Jargon
list is my current digest of words as of June 2007, and need to be assimilated
and transferred, clarified into this glossary.
It is also a compiliaton of all the words from this page, this list below
includes all the words of this link:
OF TRAVELER TERMS as of June 10, 2007 as collected by Andy of HoboTraveler.com
Lome, Togo West Africa
These word need to be added to this list:
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
Backpacker - Self Contained see
Theory - What is a backpacker and what is not a backpacker, used this term a lot
to explain whether the lonely planet writers in Caribbean were backpackers or
Beggen - They are begging to get robbed. Wearing
jewelry or camera around neck.
Bible - The
Bible Bashing - To complain about the
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 -
Business Day -
A day that you get visas, change money, buy a ticket, as opposed to seeing
Candlefly: A fireflylightning
Center of backpackers Universe.
Class System Travel - To go first, second,
cheap. Local class
Dip ShowerFirst encountered in the Caribbean
Dixie: A white person from the U.S. (negative
connotation).First encountered in Thailand.
Dorm - see
Dredd Heads -
European tourer -
Travelers that use the credit card, and should be called
Extreme Tourist - A person that will pay any amount of
money to live like they do at home, they stay in the ultimate resort, see
nothing of the country, except from the inside of AC vehicles. Nobody gets close
without the guide stopping them.
Five Star - Never Left the
Frenchie - Refer to
the characteristic of being French culture, a little snobbish,
Front pack - A normal small backpack, but worn on
the front and you have your large backpack on your
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
Gap girls - Young travelers from England
traveling in the gap between school.
Goa Thing - Reference
to going to Goa
Gouge the Travel Class - To be put in a
track or channel that seems normal, however is on a gouge level of earning money
for locals. Happens often to Missionaries.
HI - Hostel
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- Encyclopedia
Hostel - Has dorm beds
I know what you mean
about the party circuit. I call it the backpacker zone.Bruce
I was in a Hong Kong - Insert BIG City people brag about being
in big cities.
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.
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
landmine Hotels - A country like Togo where you can
accindally go to city where all the hotels are extrmely
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 you pay.
Lighting Out - Paul
Theroux uses to talk about taking off in the book, Dark Star
Local Class - To travel as the locals travel,
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
Long Term Traveler
Middle Class Guilt -
No Change - The battle cry
of the normal vendor on planet
No-see-ums: Generic term
used to describe tinyFirst encountered in the Caribbean (Tobago).
ferocious biting insectsoften living near water
On a mission -
People that have an inflexible itinerary and travel through a country very
fast.The itenerary is the goal.
One Way Ticket Traveler
- 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
Party Circuit Travelers
Path - Around the
world plane ticket
Path - Australia to
Path - consecutive
Path - Loop or circtle
Path - Wander till we run out of
Pony Tails - Latinos that that go native or try to be
Indians to get the women in Central and South
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.
RastafarianFirst encountered in
Thailand. Rasta Man / Ras: A
Round Trip Travelers - A person
that has his or her round trip ticket in hand, they know when they go
Rucksack - Small backpack or smallish backpack worn
on front of back, the term used by most British people and is not really
Shortchanged - Many person try to keep the change,
Sleeping Policeman: A speed
bump.First encountered in the Caribbean (Tobago).
The Spot - Hippies look for the spot where they can be hippies or drugs or
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
Television English: When someone speaks well
articulated English without an accent.First encountered in the Caribbean
The follow me" method of Venders taking advantage of
middle class guilt
The Glow - A over smiley face on a
person happy or overly excited to be in a country and thinks they are in
paradise. Normally on younger persons. The country can do not wrong
The Hellos - A comparison of where you are from?
Who? Why? etc. Some traveler hate this.
The Invisible Leash
Uniform - Backpacker clothing.
Times Mixed Up - Referring
to jet lag
Tin Tin - Belgium or French Cartoon about a boy
that travels the world, you will see the cartoon on shirts 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
Tourist Backpackers - Less than three months, go back
to school, no budget, normally in Europe
Tourist Class Bus -
No locals on the busand make an express trip between destinations.
Probably cost twice as muchand is twice as fast and smell twice as good.
Bend over and pay because you can and do not want to mix with the
Tourist Menu - Expensive - Menu in English with European or American
food dressed up to look typical, however very far from
When you have too difficult plane tickets, gouging of hotels, and transportation
that is overpriced.
Travel Talk Mistake: Common phrases 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 directions. Buys a one-way plane
TravelersNorman from the Lett'em Sleep Hostel in Berlin
True Believers - The person with the glazed look in
thteir eyes when they talk about a country. Thebelieve life is grass is always
greener on the other side of the planet.
Trust Fund Traveler - Person that travels because
has rich family member that dies and gave them money.
Day and Out City - A city where there is nothing to do but to look at the
tourist attractions and traveler tend to leave very fast. Normally there is not
a TV in the Hotel.
Virgin - Person
that is just entered the continent.
Walking Stick - Stick
to use to repel dogs, protect yourself in Africa, repel touts,
Weekend Tourist - A person that is working in a
country, then goes on excursions on the weekend. Africa or near Military bases
can cause a shortage of rooms on the weekend, and room prices being a very bad
value as the person have more money than sense.
Yachtie: A yacht owner; a rich white person.
AKA: Cruiser.First encountered in the Caribbean (Tobago).
Yellow Bible - Lonely
Taxi Hotel - No place to walk
to of interest, you need to take a taxi. Not good for a backpacker on a cheap
budget, better to find a hotel in the center of city.
in Tow - When a man has a small Asian girls that follows
Traveler Rules - A set or rule that say what is a
The Trade-Off - A traveler make a trade, they
trade comfort for a good life
Backend - Frontend cleaning -
Some hotels do a good job of making the front or what you see look good, but the
back, the under the table, the under the bed is
Selective-social - Talking to only people we
likeCraig in Email March 2007
end of the roadersWilliam Grimes in Iquitos
The Loop - The path or loop
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