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13 Urban Dictionary Words for Travelers

I’m a dorky writer who enjoys things like grammar and linguistics. Annoyingly, I correct the poor language of others in my head; I won’t respond to online dating requests if their profiles aren’t grammatically correct; and I even edit my text messages before I send.

But, I have to admit that I’ve developed a guilty pleasure that would make most writing traditionalists hurl: I’m obsessed with Urban Dictionary‘s Word of the Day. I suppose this is where my love of language and fixation on pop culture intertwine.

Occasionally, a travel-related word will pop up; I smile and file it away in my brain to be used later for amusement. Since that memory file of Urban Dictionary travel words is growing, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with those who may also find them entertaining. In no particular order:

Gnomeversation: Small Talk with a Lake Tahoe Insider

Gnome’s Note: Hello chaps, it’s the Travelocity Roaming Gnome! Even though I have a rather impressive list of travels under my belt, globetrotters like me still fancy a few new travel tidbits now and again. That’s why I’m interviewing Travelocity’s very own destination experts. Meet me here to learn insider tips about smashing places!

Take it from me – and Alaina Henry, one of Travelocity’s ski experts – Lake Tahoe is a simply splendid ski destination! Alaina tells me that the South Shore and North Shore offer visitors fantastically different experiences; she says to go to the south side of the lake for casinos and nightlife and to go to the north side for a more secluded, rustic vibe. Oh, and Lake Tahoe is also known for its amazing photo ops – an important tidbit for those of us who are especially photogenic.

Oh, look; there’s a handsome fellow enjoying one of those magnificent views Alaina speaks of. Wait…is that good looking devil me? I thought it was another chap in a pointy red hat!

Travelocity Roaming Gnome

The Return of the Native: A Vacation in Books

There are a thousand ways to approach a place. Some travelers pore through guidebooks as if studying for a test. Others dive in blind, equipped with nothing but a toothbrush. Some arrive ready to settle in. Others arrive ready to leave. And still others never arrive at all. They return.

For me, return is a desert word. It invokes the sere, scrub-strewn wasteland of the western Mojave where I grew up. The yip of coyotes in midnight congress. The lip-splitting heat of the Santa Ana winds. Return is the union of a thousand frozen frames of memory, each linked to that single returned-to place, and each uniquely warped by distance. Because you can’t return if you’ve never left. Right?

G.K. Chesterson once said: “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.”

Watching the Super Bowl in Green Bay and Pittsburgh

Please join us in welcoming guest author Alex Basek, Lead Editor and all around awesome guy at IgoUgo.

Between winter snowstorms and expensive tickets ($300 to stand outside the stadium in Dallas? No thanks!), a lot of people are looking for alternative ways to enjoy the big game on Sunday. We at IgoUgo think that it’d be a lot more fun to go to Steeler and Cheesehead nations, respectively to watch the games. Therefore, we’ve come up with a few spots to enjoy the Super Bowl in Pittsburgh and Green Bay:

Pittsburgh

Carson City Saloon (South Side, 412-481-3203)
Carson Street is considered the epicenter for Steelers’ fans, and this East Carson spot caters especially to them. They claim to have the largest HDTV in town, too. Rabid sports nuts from earlier Super Bowls have lined up as early as 7am to grab a prime seat. Smart-because doors open at 10am, and no reservations are taken.

Mario’s South Side Saloon (South Side, 412-381-5610)
This popular South Side bar’s TVs are always tuned to sports-and its location is central to the Super Bowl antics that occur each year the Steelers are in the championship. (In fact, Pittsburgh police are already prepping in case things get too crazy.)

Green Bay

Titletown Brewing Company (Green Bay, 920-437-2337)
As you cheer on the Packers at this local joint, order up a special Super Bowl Sunday “Roth-less” burger, named after Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger-it’ll come smothered in cheese (get it?), and wrapped in a sack, to represent the amount of sacking Packers’ fans hope will occur.

Brett Farve Steakhouse (Green Bay, 920-499-6874)
Sign up quickly for a spot in the banquet room. A $40 charge includes a halftime dinner buffet, plus raffles, drink specials, and other special events are going on from 1pm on, when the bar area opens. Don’t want to pay the cover? The dining room and bar are also open during the game.

Read about more places to watch the game in both Green Bay and Pittsburgh on IgoUgo’s travel blog.