Decoding Travel Jargon – Part II

March 14, 2014 4 min read

Hey Hey Hey! How are your travels coming along!

We are continuing from where we left off the last time in helping you understand travel-speak from all over the world!

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Gate Check: At the gate to the flight, flight attendants check the carry-on bags brought by passengers as to whether they will fit in the overhead cabins or not.
Gay or LGBT Friendly: A country/ place where gay/ lesbian people can travel freely, and are welcoming.
Global Positioning System / GPS: A satellite based navigation system, now found in various applications on phones. Using GPS, one can pinpoint their location, of the vehicle they're travelling in and even of the aircraft.
Green Card: A card issued by the U.S. Government to people who are permanent residents of U.S. But are non citizens.
Greenwich Mean Time: The standard international time. Greenwich is a place through which the 0 meridian passes and from where all time zones are measured.
Ground Speed: The speed of an aircraft relative to the surface of the earth

Half-Board: A plan/ offer at a hotel/ lodge in which one can get two meals a day
Hand Luggage: Another way to say carry-on luggage.
Hansom Cab: A horse-draw carriage
Happy Hour: Pubs and bars offer discounted drinks for a certain time period that usually lasts for a couple of hours. That time period is known as Happy Hour.
Head Tax: Some cities or countries take a fee from every travelling visiting or leaving that country/ city.
High Season: The season when a place is at its best, and travel and lodging at that place is the most expensive during that season. Also known as peak season.
Homestay: An option where travellers can stay at someone's house, usually as a paying guest.
Hub: A city or an airport where a particular airline has a major number of flights & operations.

IATA: International Air Transport Association
Identity Card: It is a document, issued by the government of the country to which the person belongs. An identity card can be anything, like a driver's license, passport, etc and is used to determine/ verify the identity of the person.
In-Flight: Services offered during a flight are known as in-flight services.
Infant: In the travel industry, a child less than two years of age (usually) is referred to as an infant. In most cases, there is no fare/ ticket charges for an infant.
Interstate: Travelling done in between the states.
Intrastate: Travelling done within the state, without crossing the state line.
International Date Line: An imaginary line passing through the Pacific Ocean, roughly around the 180 degrees of longitude. The date is different on either side of this line.
Intermediate Landing: An unplanned landing by an aircraft, mostly due to an emergency or technical glitch or for safety reasons.
Intercontinental: Anything that spans more than one continent. Usually used in terms of travel schedule
Interline Baggage: The automatic transferring baggage from one airline to another airline, en-route to its final destination
Itinerary: A detailed schedule or plan of your travel, from the flight/ train/ bus journey to the travel plans.
Jet Lag: When you travel across three or more time zones, your internal body clock gets disoriented. This usually leads to drowsiness, disturbed sleep patterns, dehydration and irritability. Symptoms vary from person to person.
Jetliner: Passenger Jet
Joint Fare: A fare that is charged for travel that needs more than one airline. There is an agreement between the respective airlines.
Jumpseat: A small, foldable seat used by flight attendants in aircrafts.
Junior Suite: A hotel room that has a separate living area, along with the bedroom.
Junket: An all expense paid trip, usually sponsored by a third party.

Karaoke: A form of entertainment where people sing out loud to prerecorded music. It originated in Japan.
Keycard: A card, shaped like a credit card with a magnetic strip. It is used as a room key in hotels, cruise ships etc.
Kippie Bags: The small-sized bags used for carrying toiletries while going through airport security.
Km.: Kilometer
Knot: Nautical measure of speed.
Kosher: Adhering to Jewish Dietary Laws. For example, most airlines will serve their passengers kosher meals, if asked for.
Kayak: A one/ two person rowed craft/ canoe with just a small opening on the top for sitting in.

LCC: Low Cost Carrier. Also known as a Budget Airline.
Layover: A stop on a trip that would involve a change of planes, transportation etc. A layover is also made by a flight, especially on long journeys, where passengers have to disembark the plane for some period of time.
Long Haul Flight: A flight covering a large distance and lasting for a time longer than 6 hours.
Landing Fee: A fee paid by an airline to an airport so that the airline can use the airport for its facilities.
Landing Strip: A runway for small-size planes.
Late Booking Fee: An additional charge/ fee taken by some tour operators for last-minute bookings.
Life Vest: A protective piece of clothing worn on the upper body. It is designed to help the wearer stay afloat in water.
Lunch and Learn: An event that combines a light lunch combined with an informative sales pitch.
Luxury Class: The most expensive category of accommodation or fares.
Machine Readable Passport: A passport with important biographic information entered on a data page according to international specifications.
Maiden Voyage: The first voyage of a ship.
Manual Transmission: Also known as manual or stick shift. It is a device available in cars, used to shift gears.
Marina: A place where personally owned yachts, sailboats can be docked and taken care of.
Minimum Stay: The shortest time one can stay at their destination.
Maximum Stay: The longest time one can stay at their destination.
Modified American Plan: A hotel rate that also includes two meals per day.

Well, that's Part II for you guys. Do you know of more unique terms which should be on this list. Let us know in the comments below!

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