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  • 1L, 2L, etc.
    On an aircraft with multiple cabin doors and emergency exits, the cabin crew typically refers to the each in this fashion. The boarding door on(...)
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  • ADR
    The Average Daily Rate, or ADR, is the total revenue income from rooms sold, divided by the number of rooms. For instance, if a hotel made(...)
  • APEX
    Advance Purchase Excursion, or APEX, fares are typically the cheapest fare available, unless “Super APEX” is offered. Lower airfare prices(...)
  • APR (Adv. Purchase Req.)
    APR, or Advance Purchase Requirement, is the requirement that a ticket must be purchased a minimum number of days before the flight departs or(...)
  • APR (Avg. Pub. Rate)
    The Average Published Rate, or APR, is the rate obtained when a hotel averages all the various room-types they offer(single, double, suite,(...)
  • ARC
    The Airlines Reporting Corporation, or ARC, is an industry organization which handles tasks such as supervising payments between travel(...)
  • ATC
    Usually refers to the control tower at the airport, but may also be a control center somewhere else in charge of controlling a large area of sky(...)
  • Abeam
    A directional term, used on ships and aircraft, which describes something off to the side of the vessel, such as the wings, though usually at a(...)
  • Accessible Tourism
    Travel that ensures that there is high availability in destinations, accommodations, attractions, products, and services to all people,(...)
  • Accessible Travel
    Travel that ensures that there is high availability in destinations, accommodations, attractions, products, and services to all people,(...)
  • Adjoining Rooms
    Two hotel rooms that have a door connecting them from the inside, allowing the guests to combine the two rooms into one larger entity. They may(...)
  • Advance Purchase Excursion
    Advance Purchase Excursion, or APEX, fares are typically the cheapest fare available, unless “Super APEX” is offered. Lower airfare prices(...)
  • Advance Purchase Requirement
    APR, or Advance Purchase Requirement, is the requirement that a ticket must be purchased a minimum number of days before the flight departs or(...)
  • Adventure Tourism
    Like its parent category (alternative travel), adventure travel means different things to different people. Dictionary.com says it best, a(...)
  • Adventure Travel
    Like its parent category (alternative travel), adventure travel means different things to different people. Dictionary.com says it best, a(...)
  • Adventure Traveler
    Adventure travelers travel to destinations with the specific purpose of active physical participation and exploration of new experiences. This(...)
  • Aero Bridge
    See “Jet Bridge.”
  • Aerobridge
    See “Jet Bridge.”
  • Affinity Card
    These are credit or debit cards issued by a banking institution in partnership and co-branded with a particular frequent traveler program, to(...)
  • Aft
    Directional word, meaning towards the rear of the craft, lengthwise, such as the stern of a ship or the tail of a plane. Opposite of “fore.”
  • Air Bridge
    See “Jet Bridge.”
  • Air Traffic Control
    Usually refers to the control tower at the airport, but may also be a control center somewhere else in charge of controlling a large area of sky(...)
  • Airbridge
    See “Jet Bridge.”
  • Aircrew
    Sometimes called the aircrew, the flight crew consists of everyone hired by the airlines on a flight, including pilots, pursers, and flight(...)
  • Airline Alliance
    These are agreements of cooperation between groups of airlines. Alliances offer airlines more flexibility and larger networks, while giving(...)
  • Airline Code
    Abbreviated codes, most commonly referring to the ones assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). On airline boards and(...)
  • Airline Designator
    Abbreviated codes, most commonly referring to the ones assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). On airline boards and(...)
  • Airlines Reporting Corporation
    The Airlines Reporting Corporation, or ARC, is an industry organization which handles tasks such as supervising payments between travel(...)
  • Airport Code
    Abbreviated codes, most commonly referring to the ones assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The IATA provides 3-digit(...)
  • Airport Designator
    Abbreviated codes, most commonly referring to the ones assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The IATA provides 3-digit(...)
  • All Call
    A variation of the crosscheck, where all of the cabin crew report to the purser or head flight attendant about the doors and slides being(...)
  • Allemansrätten
    Literally “everyman’s right,” this Swedish concept stands for a cultural issue as well as a legal one. Similar to “freedom to roam” laws in(...)
  • Allophilia
    To go along with xenophilia is allophilia, which is to have a positive attitude or love for a group or people that is not one’s own.
  • Alternative Tourism
    Travel that is not conventional in nature, though that is hard to define. It can be a niche kind of tourism, such as going on a coffee(...)
  • Alternative Travel
    Travel that is not conventional in nature, though that is hard to define. It can be a niche kind of tourism, such as going on a coffee(...)
  • Ambassador
    The head of a state’s diplomatic mission in another state, usually with offices inside the main embassy; has some authority over the other(...)
  • Amenity
    Any item or service included in a hotel room or on a flight at the standard cost. Amenities may include coffee makers, hair dryers, etc.
  • American Breakfast
    A breakfast, usually either a self-serve buffet-style, including juices, coffee, cereal, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and other various things.(...)
  • American Plan
    Sometimes referred to as the Full American Plan, Full Pension, or Full Board, this is a plan where the room rate includes three full meals per(...)
  • Amidships
    Directional term. Amidships, sometimes termed midships, is the center of the vessel or aircraft, not a central point, but rather an area that is(...)
  • Ancillary Purchase
    A purchase from a travel provider (airline, hotel, etc.) that is revenue to them from non-ticket sources, such as checked baggage fees, premium(...)
  • Apron
    The area surrounding the gate areas of a terminal, generally used for parking and maintenance of planes.  Sometimes used interchangeably with(...)
  • Archipelago
    An archipelago is a grouping of islands, essentially. Indonesia and Japan are both archipelago countries, as their borders are not connected to(...)
  • Average Daily Rate
    The Average Daily Rate, or ADR, is the total revenue income from rooms sold, divided by the number of rooms. For instance, if a hotel made(...)
  • Average Published Rate
    The Average Published Rate, or APR, is the rate obtained when a hotel averages all the various room-types they offer(single, double, suite,(...)
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  • B&B
    Typically, a home that a proprietor has converted into accommodation(s) for the public. Each room becomes a separate unit for rent. The(...)
  • Back-to-Back Ticketing
    An airfare booking ploy used by savvy fliers to circumvent high fares from airline’s fare system by purchasing two sets of R/T tickets for(...)
  • Backpacker
    Usually denotes budget, independent, and international travelers, especially when two of the three are true. Backpackers received the name from(...)
  • Baggage Allowance
    The amount of baggage a passenger may transport without having to pay extra charges, determined by carrier.
  • Base Fare
    Fare price of a flight before any taxes, fees, royalties, etc.
  • Bed & Breakfast
    Typically, a home that a proprietor has converted into accommodation(s) for the public. Each room becomes a separate unit for rent. The(...)
  • Bed Night
    In the hotel industry, a bed night, or bed/night, is a measure of occupancy of one person for one night.
  • Bed Tax
    Also known as Transient Occupancy Tax, it is a city or county tax added to the price of the room.
  • Bellboy
    Also called “Bellboy” or “Bellman,” a person that is hired by the hotel to assist guests, such as with luggage, running errands, etc.
  • Bellhop
    Also called “Bellboy” or “Bellman,” a person that is hired by the hotel to assist guests, such as with luggage, running errands, etc.
  • Black Tourism
    See “Dark Tourism.”
  • Blackout Dates
    Dates where special fares or promotions do not apply, typically existing around holidays, peak seasons, or special events. Many frequent flier(...)
  • BoB
    Buy on Board, or BoB, is a term used amongst the flight or transit crew, rarely to passengers directly; usually a reference to the meals and(...)
  • Boarding Pass
    Pass that allows you to board a plane or ship; should not be confused with a ticket, which is usually just the record in the airline’s system.(...)
  • Boutique Hotel
    A type of hotel, usually smaller, that conforms to a niche. Though the definition is abstract, a boutique will usually offer fewer rooms, but(...)
  • Bow
    Directional term. Front of a ship or the nose of an aircraft; specifically, the foremost point of the hull of the craft.
  • Bridge
    On a ship, the command and navigation center.
  • Budget Traveler
    Similar to a backpacker, a budget traveler is a traveler who is budget-conscious; they may stay in economy accommodations or hostels, eat cheap(...)
  • Bulkhead
    A partitioning wall, usually referring to one within the cabin of an aircraft, or perhaps on another mode of transportation; it may be a wall(...)
  • Bulkhead Seat
    Seats located directly behind a bulkhead wall separator. As these seats don't have the benefit of a seatback in front of them, conveniences such(...)
  • Bumping
    Regarding flights, the act where a passenger is denied boarding with a valid ticket due to an oversold flight. Many times, an airline will sell(...)
  • Business Traveler
    One who travels on their company’s dime to one or more destinations, perhaps with some frequency; business travelers take in a bit of culture(...)
  • Buy on Board
    Buy on Board, or BoB, is a term used amongst the flight or transit crew, rarely to passengers directly; usually a reference to the meals and(...)
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  • CRS
    A system for reserving and booking seats on commercial flights electronically, as well as storage and retrieval of itineraries. Several airlines(...)
  • Cabin
    (Aircraft) - The section of the aircraft in which passengers travel. Cabins in an aircraft are pressurized to maintain a normal breathing(...)
  • Cabin Crew
    The collective group of flight attendants and the purser as a whole. The cabin crew is responsible primarily for handling the duties within the(...)
  • Cape
    A small version of a peninsula, usually long and narrow, that juts far out into a body of water.
  • Captain
    (Aircraft) The captain is the pilot in command (PIC), which is the person in the cockpit sitting on the left with 4 stripes on their shoulder(...)
  • Cash Bar
    Also known as a “À la Carte Bar,” a bar located within one’s hotel room that is pre-stocked with an assortment of snacks and beverages (and(...)
  • Catholic
    An adjective, meaning to be free from prejudice, embracing everything without bias.
  • Cay
    Pronounced interchangeably like "key" or "caye"and also spelled as either “caye” or “key,” it is a type of island that is a low bank or reef(...)
  • Chancery
    The physical building that houses an embassy and its diplomatic delegation.
  • Change of Equipment
    See “Equipment Change.”
  • Citizen
    A person who has full and complete legal status in a country. A person may be a citizen by birth or by a citizenship process. For a deeper look(...)
  • Code Share
    An agreement between two or more airlines to share the same flight, though with different flight numbers. A ticket may be purchased on one(...)
  • Codeshare
    An agreement between two or more airlines to share the same flight, though with different flight numbers. A ticket may be purchased on one(...)
  • Competitive Travel
    Travel for sport. Basically, it is travel to see how many places one can get to, or how many stamps one can accrue in their passport, perhaps(...)
  • Computer Reservation System
    A system for reserving and booking seats on commercial flights electronically, as well as storage and retrieval of itineraries. Several airlines(...)
  • Concierge
    An employee of the hotel whose primary task is to serve as the liaison between the hotel and non-hotel attractions, facilities, services, and(...)
  • Concourse
    The airport area(s) in an airline terminal where the gates are located.
  • Confluence
    A confluence, also known as a conflux, is the meeting point of two flowing bodies of water, such as streams or rivers; the place where they come(...)
  • Conflux
    A confluence, also known as a conflux, is the meeting point of two flowing bodies of water, such as streams or rivers; the place where they come(...)
  • Consul
    Head diplomat of the consulate.
  • Consul-General
    Head diplomat of the consulate-general.
  • Consulate
    Essentially a satellite office of the embassy, but its roles are limited in scope, usually pertaining to and prioritizing the interests and(...)
  • Consulate-General
    A mix between a regular consulate and a full-fledged embassy. Located in most of the major cities where the embassy isn't, a consulate-general(...)
  • Continent
    Large landmasses that the world is divided into, by convention, although it is generally-accepted that there are seven. The continents are(...)
  • Continental Breakfast
    A small breakfast, offered usually at holiday accommodations, including items such as coffee, tea, juices, pastries, bagels, rolls, and fruit.(...)
  • Continental Plan
    A hotel rate that includes a continental breakfast, but no other meals.
  • Control Tower
    Often referred to as simply the tower, the people in the Control Tower oversee aircraft movements at the airport, including ground traffic,(...)
  • Conventional Travel
    Centered more on the person(s) doing the traveling, whereas alternative travel, in its many variations, usually refers to a journey where the(...)
  • Cosmopolitan
    To feel comfortable anywhere around the world, or with people and cultures from anywhere around the world.
  • Couchsurfing
    This is a neologism. Couchsurfing, the travel version, is when a traveler, often due to budget restrictions, stays at a private house in a spare(...)
  • Crosscheck
    This is simply one person of the cabin crew verifying another member of the crew’s actions, such as making sure the cabin doors are armed;(...)
  • Cultural Tourism
    This is travel with regard to a region’s culture and history. It has been defined as ‘the movement of persons to cultural attractions away from(...)
  • Cultural Travel
    This is travel with regard to a region’s culture and history. It has been defined as ‘the movement of persons to cultural attractions away from(...)
  • Culture
    Similar shared traits or characteristics unique to an ethnic group, region, or nation. For a deeper look at this and similar terms,(...)
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  • Dark Tourism
    Also referred to as “Black Tourism” or “Grief Tourism”, it involves travel to places that have a grim history, such as past battlefields or(...)
  • Deadhead
    A crew member, usually uniformed, flying while not working, often to get back to their base; this crew member is considered to be deadheading.
  • Demi Pension Plan
    See “Modified American Plan”.
  • Demonym
    An adjectival word that describes the people of the place in question. A person from New York is a New Yorker; a person from Bolivia can be(...)
  • Deplane
    Verb. To disembark, or get off, a plane.
  • Diaspora
    A flung-out population that comes from the same national or ethnic origin (depending on the usage).
  • Diplomatic Mission
    An agency, like an embassy or a consulate, which sets up shop in one country, state, or governing body to represent the citizens, politics, and(...)
  • Direct (Flight)
    Flight that must keep the same flight number throughout, though it may stop for a change of aircraft (equipment). Differs from a nonstop flight,(...)
  • Disaster Tourism
    Travel when tourists go to an area that may be or may have been affected by natural disasters, civil strife, or warfare. This is a voyeuristic(...)
  • Doom Tourism
    Travels to places that are potentially endangered, or “doomed” towards extinction, due to natural and/or man-made causes. Such sights may(...)
  • Double Room
    A basic room, but outfitted to easily and comfortably accommodate two guests, usually with one Queen-sized bed or two double- or twin-sized(...)
  • Double-Double Room
    A "Double Room" that is guaranteed to have two beds, while a standard "Double Room" is only guaranteed to sleep two people.
  • Dromomania
    Traveling fugue; an uncontrollable, psychological urge to travel.
  • Dépaysement
    Feeling that comes from not being in one’s home country. (A French word with no comparable English counterpart)
  • e

  • E-Ticket
    Regarding transportation, especially on airlines, an electronic ticket, or e-ticket, is the digital version of a paper ticket, issued via email,(...)
  • Early Check-In
    A perk that allows a guest to check in at an earlier time than the standard check-in time.
  • Eco-Conscious Travel
    Though often interchangeable, being “eco-conscious” literally means that one is simply aware of their environmental impact, while being(...)
  • Eco-Friendly Travel
    Though often interchangeable, being “eco-conscious” literally means that one is simply aware of their environmental impact, while being(...)
  • Ecotourism
    Tourism directed at exotic and/or endangered destinations while fostering an environmental understanding and conservation. Directed more towards(...)
  • Ecotourist
    Similar to voluntourists, ecotourists are eco-conscious individuals who travel primarily to observe or preserve; they may go to observe wildlife(...)
  • Electronic Ticket
    Regarding transportation, especially on airlines, an electronic ticket, or e-ticket, is the digital version of a paper ticket, issued via email,(...)
  • Embassy
    Sometimes referred to as a permanent (diplomatic) mission, and often confused with consulates, embassies are the more important representative(...)
  • Enplane
    Verb. To load a plane with passengers, though not commonly used.
  • Enplanement
    The total number of passengers boarding a flight, including origination, stopovers/layovers, and connections.
  • Equipment
    Technical term for the plane itself.
  • Equipment Change
    Term used by airlines meaning that the equipment (plane) will be changed for a different one, possibly because of mechanical failures or other issues.
  • Estuary
    A body of water connecting a flowing river and a larger body, such as a sea or ocean. Because it is the transition point, an estuary is subject(...)
  • Ethnicity
    A term that groups people together with a similar cultural identity; unlike terms such as nationality, ethnicity is more ambiguous. An ethnic(...)
  • Ethno-Tourism
    Focusing on exploration of indigenous populations and their respective culture and traditions. Ethno-tourists usually seek to learn more about(...)
  • Ethnotourism
    Focusing on exploration of indigenous populations and their respective culture and traditions. Ethno-tourists usually seek to learn more about(...)
  • European Plan
    A (hotel) room rate that includes no meals.
  • Extended Stay
    (Hotel type) This is a term that usually means that the hotel or resort property quotes their prices in longer segments than daily rates.(...)
  • f

  • FBC
    Often referred to as simply the fare basis, it is the letter designation used by almost all airlines to determine fare rules and class. Usually,(...)
  • Familymoon
    A neologism term used to describe a type of honeymoon a newlywed couple can make along with their children from previous relationships.
  • Fare Basis Code
    Often referred to as simply the fare basis, it is the letter designation used by almost all airlines to determine fare rules and class. Usually,(...)
  • Fare Rule
    To differentiate fare levels from one another (F, J, T, etc.), the airlines assign special purchasing rules and restrictions. Generally, the(...)
  • Fika
    A Swedish concept and institution which essentially boils down to taking about a half hour to sit down with a coffee (usually) or other(...)
  • Final Boarding Call
    Last call to board before the jet bridge closes and the flight departs, leaving late passengers stranded. However, gate agents typically will(...)
  • First Officer
    Pilot who is second in command. The pilot in the cockpit sitting on the right with 3 stripes on their shoulder epaulets, often colloquially(...)
  • Flashpacker
    A term used to describe a traveler with more disposable income; flashpackers tend to carry more electronics, stay in decent accommodations, and(...)
  • Flight Attendant
    Commonly referred to as stewards/stewardesses and air hosts/hostesses, flight attendants are available to ensure the safety and comfort of(...)
  • Flight Crew
    Sometimes called the aircrew, the flight crew consists of everyone hired by the airlines on a flight, including pilots, pursers, and flight(...)
  • Flight Deck
    Term the airlines and their employees use to refer to the cockpit.
  • Fore
    Directional term. Towards the front of the craft, lengthwise, such as the bow of a ship or the nose of a plane. Opposite of aft.
  • Frequent Flier
    Technically, one who flies frequently. However, it has evolved into more of a specific definition, involving a traveler who usually flies in a(...)
  • Frequent Flier Program
    A program that a traveler can enroll in that earns them rewards such as free flights on a particular airline for being a loyal customer of that(...)
  • Frequent Lodger
    The hotel industry’s equivalent of a frequent flier; one who stays at a particular hotel chain of properties, mostly to reap rewards from a(...)
  • Frequent Lodger Program
    The hotel industry’s equivalent of a frequent flier program; one who stays at a particular hotel chain of properties can reap rewards from a(...)
  • Full Board Plan
    See “American Plan”.
  • Full Pension Plan
    See “American Plan”.
  • Funnel Flight
    Now this is what I consider a shoddy scheme that some airlines pull. A funnel flight is one where a flight changes planes at a certain stop,(...)
  • Fuselage
    The aircraft’s main body section, the cylindrical, central piece that contains the cabin and holds the crew and cargo.
  • g

  • Gap Year
    Also known as a sabbatical, a gap year is a time set aside to travel, usually while transitioning between life stages, such as after earning a(...)
  • Gap-Packer
    A neologism for a type of backpacker who may tour several countries in one, single adventure during a school/work hiatus, such as a gap year or(...)
  • Gate
    Airport - The specific area in an airport where passengers board a plane for a flight. Gates are located in concourses, which are found in(...)
  • Gateway City
    A city with an airport, bus or ferry terminal, and/or train station, usually international hubs, that serves as an arrival and departure point(...)
  • Geotourism
    According to National Geographic, this is “tourism that sustains or enhances the distinctive geographical character of a place – its(...)
  • Ghetto Tourism
    See “Poverty Tourism”.
  • Grief Tourism
    See "Dark Tourism."  
  • Ground Stop
    Stoppage of flights at an airport, possibly because of air traffic congestion that needs to be cleared out before aircraft can land.
  • Group Rate
    A negotiated rate on travel, perhaps a stay or vacation plan, that incentivizes for a large crowd or group that books together.
  • Groupie
    Regarding Travel/Travelers - Those, typically in their late teens to early 30′s, who like to travel in groups of their friends, but with an(...)
  • h

  • Half Board
    In hotel parlance, a rate that includes one or two meals, usually breakfast and lunch, or a brunch.
  • Half Pension Plan
    See “Modified American Plan”.
  • Heritage
    Usually, the ancestors and ancestral background of an individual. For a deeper look at this and similar terms, read: Ethnicity, Nationality,(...)
  • Hidden City Ticketing
    One flight-hacking tactic, similar to throwaway ticketing, where the traveler buys a roundtrip ticket with a layover, and the layover is the(...)
  • Hiraeth
    A Welsh word with no direct English translation. A homesickness or longing feeling for a past time in one’s life or for a place which cannot be(...)
  • Holding Pattern
    When a landing slot is not yet available, due to congestion or other incident, flying a holding pattern is requested from the control tower,(...)
  • House Limit
    The maximum amount the hotel will allow on credit before requesting payment. For example, if you rent a room, you may be able to charge some(...)
  • Hub
    Airline - An airline hub is the central part of the Hub and Spoke Model. An airline’s hub is where that particular airline has a heavier(...)
  • i

  • IATA
    International airline industry trade group, headquartered in Montreal, Canada, with executive offices in Geneva, Switzerland. The IATA(...)
  • IED
    A computer, usually mounted on the seatback of the chair in front of the passenger, that offers entertainment options such as movies, music,(...)
  • Identity
    The way a person chooses to be accepted and viewed as. Culturally, linguistically, ethnically, and nationally, they may be pre-defined, but(...)
  • In-flight Entertainment Device
    A computer, usually mounted on the seatback of the chair in front of the passenger, that offers entertainment options such as movies, music,(...)
  • In-flight Service
    Entertainment (movies, television, etc.), meals, beverages and other items made available during a flight for the convenience of the passenger.
  • Incidental Charge
    Items and services billed to a room after their use, such as movies, phone calls, etc.
  • Initial Approach
    Usually called out over the intercom, it is just an FYI for passengers and the cabin crew that the plane is starting its descent into the(...)
  • Intercontinental
    Having to do with two continents. In travel, transit from one continent to another. Not to be confused with transcontinental.
  • Interline Agreement
    Airlines - Agreement between two airlines that enables passengers to book multiple segments on multiple carriers to allow for a greater share of(...)
  • Interline Connection
    Connection between two different carriers participating in an interline agreement; Change of planes that also requires a change of carriers. An(...)
  • International Air Transport Association
    International airline industry trade group, headquartered in Montreal, Canada, with executive offices in Geneva, Switzerland. The IATA(...)
  • International Date Line
    Opposite the Prime Meridian, the International Date Line is another arbitrary line going from north to south that advises where one calendar day(...)
  • Itinerant
    Traveling from one place to another, or a person who does so.
  • Itinerary
    The schedule of an entire trip.
  • j

  • Jet Bridge
    An enclosed, movable connector which extends from a terminal gate to a plane, allowing passengers to board and disembark without having to go outside.
  • Jetway
    A registered trademark of JBT AeroTech for a certain kind of aircraft loading bridge which allows passengers direct, protected access to an(...)
  • Junket
    Originally, a kind of trip that was paid for by another party, such as a government trip at public expense (via tax dollars); now, it's come to(...)
  • k

  • Key
    Pronounced interchangeably like "key" or "caye"and also spelled as either “caye” or “key,” it is a type of island that is a low bank or reef(...)
  • Knot
    The term for a unit of speed equaling one nautical mile per hour. A nautical mile is about 1.151 miles, so a nautical mile an hour is about 15%(...)
  • l

  • Lagom
    In Swedish tradition, lagom is quite an important concept; loosely translated, it means something along the lines of “just the right amount” or(...)
  • Land Arrangement
    Arrangements other than the flight portion of a travel plan, including hotel accommodations, car rentals, and attraction reservations.
  • Late Checkout
    A more exclusive perk for some guests that allow a few extra hours to check out from the normal hours.
  • Long-Haul
    Regarding flights, a relatively long distance traveled; usually international, though a flight from Miami to Kingston would be considered “short(...)
  • L’appel du Vide
    French phrase with no perfect English translation. Literally “the call of the void,” an urge one might feel to jump or fall from a high place,(...)
  • m

  • Mattress Run
    Similar to a mileage run, a mattress run is executed when a traveler, who is a member of a hotel chain’s frequent stay program (frequent lodger(...)
  • Maximum Stay
    Regarding Flight Booking - The longest period of time a traveler can stay at the destination while still qualifying for the promotional or(...)
  • Medium-Haul
    A relatively average distance traveled; most consider a medium-haul flight to be between three hours to six hours in length. Shorter flights(...)
  • Metal
    Similar to equipment, it is the aircraft of the airline controlling the flight. With the multiple codeshare agreements today, one flight may(...)
  • Midships
    Directional term. Amidships, sometimes termed midships, is the center of the vessel or aircraft, not a central point, but rather an area that is(...)
  • Mileage Run
    Unofficial term adopted by many veteran frequent fliers that distinguishes flights flown for the sole purpose of earning the most “miles” or(...)
  • Mizpah
    A bond between two people that remains strong even over long distances or death. Hebrew term with no direct or perfect English translation.
  • Modified American Plan
    A rate plan where breakfast and dinner is included in the price, but not lunch. Also called half pension or demi-pension plan.
  • Motel
    A portmanteau of “Motor Hotel,” this is a kind of hotel that is generally cheaper and with less frills, and most often rooms that are accessible(...)
  • Motu
    Type of small island that is a low bank or reef made of accumulated coral, gravel, or rock. Differs from a cay, which is usually predominantly(...)
  • n

  • National
    A person born in a territory that is under the administration of another sovereign entity; for example, Puerto Ricans are considered to be U.S.(...)
  • Nationality
    The country where one holds citizenship and/or a passport, usually; however, some people who may have left their country of birth and hold(...)
  • Nautical Mile
    Unit of length that is about one minute of arc of latitude along any meridian, but is approximately one minute of arc of longitude only at(...)
  • Neologism
    Neologisms are coined words and phrases, usually used by a group of people sharing similar interests. A word/phrase is generally a neologism(...)
  • No-Show
    A customer, passenger, or guest, such as at a restaurant, hotel, or flight, that does not arrive for their reservation and does not give warning(...)
  • Nomad
    A long-term traveler, generally with no set destinations, end date, or plans. Nomadic travelers are wanderers, not interested in society’s(...)
  • Non-Resident Mission
    A diplomatic organization seeking to represent the people and interests of its state in another, though its host does not fully-recognize the(...)
  • Nonstop
    Flights - Flight that travels directly from the originating airport to the final destination without stopping for connections or layovers.(...)
  • o

  • Occupancy
    A percentage rate used by places of accommodations that indicate the amount of rooms sold per night.
  • Off-Peak
    Season - Slowest travel season, independently determined; what may be off-peak tourism season for France might be peak season for Australia.
  • Offline Connection
    Connection between two different carriers that is a change of planes which also requires a change of carriers. An offline connection can be a(...)
  • On-Time Performance
    Regarding Transportation Modes. The average time of arrival within 30 minutes of schedule, by departure time band; higher % equals better(...)
  • Open-Jaw
    A trip to where a passenger flew to one destination, but returned from another. For example, SFO to JFK there, but LGA to SFO on the way(...)
  • Overstay
    A guest who stays past their expected check-out time without properly altering the reservation. May be used as a verb to describe the action,(...)
  • p

  • PIC
    The pilot-in-command (PIC) is usually the Captain in a configuration when there is more than one person in the flight crew; the pilot would be(...)
  • Pampadour
    To a greater extent than the flashpacker, a pampadour is a luxury traveler; he/she travels the world for the indulgence, pampering themselves in(...)
  • Paperwork
    Flights - When you hear, “we’re just completing some final paperwork,” it means the flight crew literally is awaiting paperwork, such as a log(...)
  • Peak
    Season - Primary travel season, independently determined; what may be off-peak tourism season for one destination might be peak season for another.
  • Peninsula
    A piece of land that is connected to a mainland or larger piece of land on only one side, while the other sides are surrounded by water.
  • Peripatetic
    Adj., traveling from place to place, especially for working or being based in different places for shorter time periods. Noun, a person who(...)
  • Person Trip Visit
    A term that is used to denote every time that a single traveler goes over 100 miles or stays overnight away from their primary domicile; whether(...)
  • Pilot-in-Command
    The pilot-in-command (PIC) is usually the Captain in a configuration when there is more than one person in the flight crew; the pilot would be(...)
  • Poorism
    A term coined with negative connotations referring to ghetto/shanty/slum/poverty tourism. Also used to negatively describe the tourism(...)
  • Port
    Directional - When facing forward, the side of the ship or aircraft that is on the left; this is not necessarily always the left side, as the(...)
  • Poverty Tourism
    Not the ‘Bronx and Harlem Hip Hop Tour’. Somewhat similar to disaster tourism, in the sense that tourists are visiting blighted areas. However,(...)
  • Preboard
    This is when boarding begins, when families with children or persons with disabilities can board the aircraft to allow them extra time to settle(...)
  • Press Trip
    Travels where the main purpose is to write about the destination visited, usually sponsored (in whole or in part) by another party.
  • Prime Meridian
    An imaginary and completely arbitrary line that runs on a north-south axis. By convention, the Prime Meridian separates the East and West(...)
  • Property
    A general term that may be used by a place of accommodation that denotes the facility.
  • Purser
    (Airline) - On a flight, the purser is the head flight attendant, responsible for overseeing the attendants and making sure travelers are(...)
  • Pushback
    When an aircraft pushes back, it is when it is finally disconnected from the jet bridge and backs up from the gate. Normally, a tug or tractor(...)
  • q

  • Quad
    A hotel room that can accommodate four people.
  • Querencia
    A place where one draws inspiration or strength from, or the place where one feels most comfortable and true. Spanish word that has no direct or(...)
  • Quin
    When referring to hotel rooms, it is one that can accommodate five people.
  • r

  • Race
    A term similar to ethnicity, race is a determining variable in society, with no exact accepted definition; people of a shared race may have(...)
  • Rack Rate
    The list price of a hotel room before any discounts or promotions.
  • Ramp
    The area where a plane maneuvers directly outside of the gate area, and where pre-flight tasks are carried out, before getting to the taxiway(...)
  • Record Locator Number
    (Airline) - A unique confirmation number issued by an airline/carrier when a reservation is booked.
  • Resident Mission
    (Diplomacy) – A diplomatic mission (representative body) where the state or nation that plays host to the diplomatic mission recognizes the(...)
  • Responsible Tourism
    Travel that extends beyond being merely environmentally responsible, to being culturally-conscious and economically-aware, locally. Travelers(...)
  • Retrouvaille
    A happiness felt when one meets an old friend after a long while, or sometimes a joy at rediscovery or a beloved item from the past. French word(...)
  • Revenue Passenger Mile
    One paying passenger flown one mile; the principal measure of airline passenger traffic.
  • Room Night
    Standard of measure in the hotel industry, one room per one night.
  • s

  • Sabbatical
    A hiatus from school or work, usually for two months to perhaps over a year in length. Sometimes referred to as a career break or gap year, it(...)
  • Saturday Night Stay
    A term used by almost all airlines which refers to this as a requirement for obtaining certain promotional fares. A round trip flight that has a(...)
  • Seatback
    Literally, the back of the seat; in relation to a passenger, the one in front of them is usually the one that matters, which may have a tray(...)
  • Second Officer
    A title for a pilot who is third in command, the Second Officer usually holds a relief role on long-haul flights. The Second Officer is often a(...)
  • Sehnsucht
    An unidentifiable longing or yearning, often for a place or home; missing a place far away that one can identify as their home. German word with(...)
  • Short-Haul
    A relatively short distance traveled; usually domestic, though a flight from Boston to San Francisco would be considered long-haul. Most(...)
  • Shoulder Season
    Season - The time between high and low seasons, or peak and off-peak seasons. Usually rates are lower than high season, but with temperature and(...)
  • Single Room
    A room that is only guaranteed to comfortably accommodate one guest. May also be called a “Standard Room.” Will usually have one double- or(...)
  • Single Supplement
    An additional charge added to a solo traveler, when prices were originally quoted for dual occupancy. It is usually tacked on to anything that(...)
  • Smörgåsbord
    A Swedish customary feast, essentially a gluttonous meal that is usually celebratory, eaten on special occasions with friends or family over.(...)
  • Sommelier
    A wine professional, usually hired by the most upscale restaurants and establishments, on staff to primarily suggest wine and food pairing to patrons.
  • Standard Room
    This is usually the cheapest room in a hotel; the most basic room sold, with the most basic amenities. May also be called a “Single Room.” Will(...)
  • Standby
    Referring to a passenger who does not have a confirmed seat on the intended flight, such as in overbooked flights, and must “stand by” until a(...)
  • Starboard
    Directional - When facing forward, the side of the ship or aircraft that is on the right; this is not necessarily always the right side, as the(...)
  • Stern
    Rear of a ship or the tail of an aircraft; specifically, the aft-most point of the hull of the craft.
  • Subcontinent
    A geographical land mass that is large enough and distinct enough to be separately distinguished from its larger body, the continent(...)
  • Suite
    A fully-equipped room, usually including a bedroom separate from the living room area. A suite will most likely have a small kitchenette, and(...)
  • Sustainable Tourism
    Every aspect of the holiday process has some negative impact on the environment, from booking flights on the computer, to making three takeoffs(...)
  • t

  • Tarmac
    Originally defined as the material used to pave roads and runways, made of little, broken pieces of stones and tar mixed together, it is now(...)
  • Through Passenger
    Passengers who are not disembarking at a specific stop. When a trip has a layover, at the layover airport the traveler is a “through passenger”.(...)
  • Throwaway Ticketing
    A popular travel hacking ruse, where a traveler, only intending to travel one way, buys a round trip ticket that is cheaper than the intended(...)
  • Ticket
    In travel transportation, the ticket is the record of a passenger’s information and flight schedule purchased in the airline’s computer system;(...)
  • Tourist
    This is the majority of adult travelers, when not vacationing. Tourists may be couples, families, or just a person or two who visit locations(...)
  • Transcontinental
    Having to do with crossing a continent. For example, travel of this sort would be from one end of a continent to another, as in New York City to(...)
  • Transient
    A person who stays in a place for just a short while; not a permanent resident, such as a visitor or tourist.
  • Transient Occupancy Tax
    Also known as a Bed Tax, it is a City or County tax added to the price of the room.
  • Traveler
    One who travels; In many cases, it is one who travels often.
  • Triple
    A hotel room that can comfortably accommodate three people.
  • Trundle Bed
    Bed that stores itself under another bed, usually on casters. Often found in smaller hotel rooms or in cramped transport accommodations, such as(...)
  • u

  • Uitwaaien
    Literally “to walk in the wind,” it is to take a brief break in order to clear one’s head. Dutch word with no perfect or direct English translation.
  • Urbane
    Adj. This word can sometimes have more of a pretentious connotation, but an urbane traveler is a well-traveled one, one who has been to enough(...)
  • v

  • Voluntourism
    Also known as “volunteer vacations,” this movement is quickly gaining traction, especially among teens and young adults. Some define the two(...)
  • Voluntourist
    A portmanteau neologism for volunteer travelers. Voluntourists enjoy traveling to different cities and countries that have been hard-hit, such(...)
  • Vorfreude
    A feeling of ecstatic joy when considering or anticipating an upcoming pleasure or thrill, such as a future vacation. German word with no(...)
  • w

  • Waldeinsamkeit
    The feeling of being alone in the woods. German word with no perfect or direct English translation.
  • Wheels-Up Time
    The time the aircraft is scheduled to become airborne.
  • x

  • Xenophilia
    An attraction to foreign peoples, foreign cultures, and/or customs. Opposite of xenophobia. (Has also come to mean, in science fiction(...)
  • Xenophobia
    Fear, hatred, and/or revulsion felt towards another group, culture, or people. Opposite of xenophilia.
  • à

  • À La Carte
    When referring to food, perhaps in a room-service or restaurant menu, this indicates that each single item is priced separately. Menu items that(...)
  • À la Carte Bar
    Also known as a “Cash Bar,” a bar located within one’s hotel room that is pre-stocked with an assortment of snacks and beverages (and sometimes(...)