8 Words You Have Never Heard of That Will Inspire You to Get Outside

Bailey Goodnight

All around the world people enjoy the outdoors in many ways, from fishing in the oceans to hiking in the many mountains and forests. Because the outdoors belongs to everyone, cultures have created words in their languages to describe the beauty of nature. It's a shame that these words are exclusive to certain languages, which is why we decided to share some of our favorites. From Norwegian to Japanese, these are some of the words that capture the true essence of the outdoors. Now you just have to think of a way to sneak these into casual conversation. 

undefined1. Peiskos:

A Norwegian word, Peiskos describes a feeling that we have all felt at least once, but may not have had a singular term to describe it. Think of the sound of a crackling fire, and the visions of light dancing off the trees. That’s peiskos.


2. Skinrin-Yoku:

A new and trendy phrase in the yoga world, Shinrin-Yoku, or forest bathing, is a beneficial practice that allows for relaxation and restoration. Everyone deserves a break from the hustle and bustle, try shinrin-yoku.


3. Gökotta:

This word describes the lovely mornings where you are awoken by the sunrise, sounds of mother nature, and a crisp breeze through your window. Mornings like this always provide for a better and more productive day. Remember to set your alarm tonight.


4. Waldeinsamkeit:

We aren’t quite sure if this is relaxing or terrifying, but it can be taken either way. The feeling of being completely surrounded by nature and nothing else, no background noise or clutter, can be incredible.


5. Uitwaaien:

Uitwaaien is a dutch word that describes the act of taking a much-needed break from the corporate world. Walking through the crisp air and bright sky on a windy day can clear anyone’s head.


6. Gumusservi:

One of the most beautiful sights to gaze at, Gumusservi paints a picture of light balancing on the edge of the ocean during a pitch black night. The only glow comes from the moon and lights up faces looking back upon it, and the ripples on the water dance in unison.


7. Petrichor:

The sensation everyone knows but doesn’t have a word for. Well there is a word for it. Petrichor describes the earthy aroma that comes during a rainstorm. The word has Greek origins, Petra means stone, and īchōr describes the ethereal fluid that is the blood of the gods and immortals.  


8. Datsuzoku:

Escaping from ritual is a practice that many do not have the luxury of. The mundane aches your bones, and allowing freedom in your routine can pump up any person that’s stuck in a business suit. Whether it’s taking a swim in a small lake, or hiking up a mountain that has been calling your name, every once in a while you need a break.