Updated: 2019-03-18.

A neologism is a coined word or phrase, usually used by a group of people sharing similar interests. A word/phrase is generally a neologism until it enters more common usage. They tend to be new in the language’s lexicon, formed primarily through linguistic creativity rather than having been borrowed from another language.

Many words in the present-day independent traveler’s lingo are made up of neologisms, such as many of the words/phrases in this glossary, which is why the word neologism is included here.

Common travel neologisms include: bagonize, familymoon, glamping, staycation, laycation, pampadour, flashpacking, gap-packing, and so on. Oh, and if you want to contribute your own, check out our made-up travel words and phrases.

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