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Word Power: How Well Do You Know Your Travel Lingo?

How many of these 15 travel-related words do you know? Because it pays to increase your word power.

1. What does “docent” mean?

A: tour guide
B: side trip
C: frequent flier

1. “Docent” means:

[A] tour guide. I followed a docent through the museum, pretending to be with a school group.

Next: soujourn

2. What does “sojourn” mean?

A: travel nonstop
B: take a guided tour
C: stay temporarily

2. “Sojourn” means:

[C] stay temporarily. “Will you sojourn with us long?” asked the receptionist as I reclined on a bench.

Next: cosmopolitan

3. What does “cosmopolitan” mean?

A: between stops
B: worldly-wise
C: of space travel

3. “Cosmopolitan” means:

[B] worldly-wise. Apparently, Sara wasn’t cosmopolitan enough for the maître d’ to seat her at any of the best tables.

Next: prix fixe

4. What does “prix fixe” mean?

A: confirmed reservation
B: meal with a set price
C: race car

4. “Prix fixe” means:

[B] meal with a set price. Alison knew it was a prix fixe, but naturally she tried to haggle with the waiter anyway.

Next: couchette

5. What does “couchette” mean?

A: round-trip ticket
B: French pastry
C: train’s sleeping compartment

5. “Couchette” means:

[C] train’s sleeping compartment. My couchette mates snored peacefully in their bunks.

Next: funicular

6. What does “funicular” mean?

A: pleasure cruise
B: cable railway
C: stretch limousine

6. “Funicular” means:

[B] cable railway. The funicular disappeared into the mist halfway up the mountain.

Next: jitney

7. What does “jitney” mean?

A: day trip
B: duty-free shop
C: small bus

7. “Jitney” means:

[C] small bus. We chartered a jitney for our trip to the cape.

Next: valise

8. What does “valise” mean?

A: car parker
B: small suitcase
C: country cottage

8. “Valise” means:

[B] small suitcase. Eric grew suspicious after finding someone else’s credentials in his valise.

Next: sabbatical

9. What does “sabbatical” mean?

A: break from work
B: lodging overseas
C: seating upgrade

9. “Sabbatical” means:

[A] break from work. “I’m here on a six-month sabbatical,” I tried to explain to the customs agent.

Next: ramada

10. What does “ramada” mean?

A: shelter with open sides
B: dude ranch
C: in-house maid service

10. “Ramada” means:

[A] shelter with open sides. My ideal vacation: sipping some colorful cocktail seaside under a ramada.

Next: incidental

11. What does “incidental” mean?

A: waiting in a long line
B: minor
C: causing a scandal

11. “Incidental” means:

[B] minor. “Incidental items can add weight quickly, so pack wisely,” my wife advised.

Next: transient

12. What does “transient” mean?

A: going by rail
B: passing through
C: on foot

12. “Transient” means:

[B] passing through. Thankfully, the brute was a transient customer, not a permanent guest.

Next: manifest

13. What does “manifest” mean?

A: red-eye flight
B: reservation
C: passenger list

13. “Manifest” means:

[C] passenger list. I came from such a big family, we had to keep an official manifest for every trip.

Next: rack rate

14. What does “rack rate” mean?

A: overhead-luggage charge
B: takeoff speed
C: full price for lodging

14. “Rack rate” means:

[C] full price for lodging. Savvy travelers never settle for a hotel’s rack rate.

Next: peripatetic

15. What does “peripatetic” mean?

A: speaking many languages
B: traveling from place to place
C: crossing a border illegally

15. “Peripatetic” means:

[B] traveling from place to place. After two peripatetic years in Asia, Jason settled down.

Travis Rathbone for Reader's Digest

How did you do?

Scored 13 to 15? You’re first class. If you got 10 to 12, you’re business class; 9 and below spells economy for you. More word power: These days, vacations come in myriad forms. A staycation is when you don’t go anywhere and just enjoy free time at or near home. A paycation is when you moonlight as you travel. A daycation is a 24-hour getaway. We’ve also heard of a praycation (a religious trip) and even a bakeation (a foodie’s holiday dedicated to sampling pastries).

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