The Globetrotter’s Glossary: Word of the Day is Travelure


Travelure (n. & v.)

Variables: Traveluring, Travelurist, Travelurism

Roots: Travel & Velure. (Click on the links to find the meanings of the root words on Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

Definition: The act or style of putting on a sartorial show while travelling, especially that of donning posh clothes (often made of plush silks or velvet). Also, a character who engages or indulges in such a display while travelling, such as in the sentence, s/he is a travelure.


  1. One of the most endearing and alienating features—at the same time—that make Bertram Wooster a household name is his travelures, in which he dresses the part of a dandy, but plays the aimless wanderer.
  2. Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot has gone a long way in campaigning for travelurism, where although the chief powers of the character are meant to be his skills of detection, we are mostly enthralled by his sartorial mannerisms.


Coldnoon Bureau

Coldnoon Bureau

Coldnoon (International Journal of Travel Writing & Travelling Cultures) is a refereed, international and interdisciplinary online and print journal that publishes poetry, research papers and nonfiction on the subjects of travel, literary and human geography, psychogeography, and new perspectives on spatiality and travel.