le dépaysement*

* “discountried”, “discountriment”

French France

Word USED On Occasion BY Anyone talking about travel

Refers to the culture shock and/or the feeling of being lost one may feel when visiting a foreign country. Can be used in either the positive or the negative sense.

“J'étais au Japon la semaine dernière. Le dépaysement total !”

“I was in Japan last week. It was a total ‘discountriment’!”