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13 EMOJIS THAT SAY IT ALL ABOUT YOUR TRAVELS

By Moe Thet War     16 Sep 2016

The face with tears of joy just ain’t gonna cut it. If you’re off on your travels you’ll be needing a lot more than that. Benefit from our fertile emojination and get some of these down…

Official name: Airplane; Flag for -insert country name-

PlaneFlag

Frequently used to mean: Straightforward enough—you’re flying to a specific country (although please make sure you’re using the correct flag; the Costa Rican and Thai flags are two different things).

Examples:

  • Been saving up for this for a long time. Brazil, here I come! -insert emojis with the Brazil flag-
  • Brb spending the next week in Poland. -insert emojis with the Indonesia flag- [30 minutes and very confused Facebook comments later] Whoops lol wrong flag. I meant -insert emojis with the Poland flag-

Official name: Sleepy Face

Frequently used to mean: You’re exhausted and wandering around the airport in zombie mode; you were cheap and booked the 6am flight; you’re realizing that backpacking is more fun in the movies; you got on your 6am flight and landed at 8am, but check-in at the hotel isn’t until noon.

Examples:

  • Maybe going to a concert at Wembley a few hours before catching a red-eye flight wasn’t the best idea. -insert emoji-
  • Pretty sure I fell asleep and drooled on the man beside me on the plane, but I’m still too tired to even care. -insert emoji-

Official name: Money with Wings; Airplane

Emoji_1

Frequently used to mean: You’re looking at possible flights abroad and wondering how sitting in a metal tube can possibly cost so much; you impulsively booked a trip to Australia; you can’t decide if you want to see a new country or be able to afford to eat more than just ramen packets for the next few months.

Examples:

  • Two weeks of planning and my vacation still went over budget. -insert emojis-
  • Just booked flight tickets and I’m happy but my wallet is crying. -insert emojis-

Official name: Speak-No-Evil Monkey

SpeakNoEvil

Frequently used to mean: You’re in a new country and don’t speak/understand a single word of the native language; you were pompous enough to go to a new country without bothering to learn any keywords or phrases and you can’t believe nobody speaks English; you’re in a prison cell but no one understands you because you didn’t bother to learn any keywords or phrases in the native language. (Please pick up a cheap guidebook or do a quick Google search before traveling to a country that doesn’t speak your language. It’s not hard, and surprisingly, locals like it when you actually make an effort to understand and communicate with them.)

Examples:

  • Who knew everyone in rural Indonesia would only speak Indonesian?? -insert emojis-
  • I thought I said ‘thank you’ to the waiter but judging by his blushing, I’m not so sure. -insert emojis-

Official name: Hear-No-Evil Monkey

HearNoEvil

Frequently used to mean: You’re part of a tour group and sure enough, there’s that one person who won’t stop complaining about everything; your hotel is right next to a construction site; your hostel roommate (whom you just met that evening) is having loud sex on the bottom bunk; your mom keeps calling every hour to make sure you’re still alive.

Examples:

  • There’s a guy here that won’t shut up about wanting a cheeseburger. -insert emoji-
  • This woman on the train has noise-canceling headphones on and is completely oblivious to the fact that she just farted really loudly. -insert emoji-

Official name: Baby; Seat; Upside-Down Face

Emoji_2

Frequently used to mean: You’ve won the coveted next-to-a-baby seat; you’ve won the even more coveted next-to-a-crying-baby-who-is-flying-for-the-first-time-and-apparently-can-scream-for-seven-hours-straight seat; you’ve just landed after a long flight next to a crying baby and are frantically texting your partner that you never ever want to have kids ever; you’re in any of the three previously mentioned situations and you’re trying to control yourself from screaming at this baby so all you can do is plaster on a smile.

Examples:

  • The plane hasn’t even been fully loaded with passengers yet and already the baby next to me has thrown food on my white sweater. -insert emojis-
  • Wondering if I can sue the parents of the baby next to me for psychological torture. -insert emojis-

Official name: White Sun Behind Cloud with Rain; Thunder Cloud and Rain; White Sun with Small Cloud; Lightning Cloud

Emoji_3

Frequently used to mean: You’re visiting a place where you’re constantly switching between sunglasses and an umbrella over the course of one day (ie the UK); it’s that wonderful time of year in Southeast Asia when summer isn’t quite yet over but monsoon season is already beginning.

Examples:

  • So as it turns out, actual sunny summer in London lasts a grand total of two days and the rest of the ‘summer’ can be anything from a total downpour to an irritating constant drizzle. -insert emojis-
  • Of course it’s sunny when I have my raincoat on and pouring down as soon as I take it off. -insert emojis-

Official name: Beach with Umbrella; Spouting Whale; Bikini; Fish; Water Wave; Spiral Shell; Tropical Fish; Dolphin; Palm Tree; Smiling Face with Sunglasses

Emoji_4

Frequently used to mean: You need to make it absolutely clear that you’re going to a beach; you’ve apparently developed a newfound yet strong interest in fish (although I don’t know where you’re going that has dolphins, whales, non-tropical fish and tropical fish); you’re rubbing it in people’s faces that they have to endure monsoon season while you get a nice tan; you’re too busy locating all the beach-related emojis to enjoy the actual beach

Examples:

  • Goodbye rain, hello Hawaii! -insert emojis-
  • Two guesses where I’m heading right now. -insert emojis- Seriously, take a wild guess.

Official name: Face with Medical Mask; Pile of Poo; Toilet

Emoji_5

Frequently used to mean: You’re finding out the hard way that your body does not like trying new cuisines; you didn’t pack any medicine and you can already hear your mom’s voice smugly saying ‘I told you so;’ you almost fainted from the smell of the airplane bathroom; you’re the reason the airplane bathroom smells that way.

Examples:

  • So, ‘mild’ Asian dish = super hot in Western countries. Guess who ordered a super hot Asian dish at dinner and is now camped out in the bathroom? -insert emojis-
  • Maybe staying in a cheap hostel with one bathroom per floor wasn’t such a great idea. -insert emojis-

Official name: Extraterrestrial Alien

Alien

Frequently used to mean: Not even five Lonely Planet books have prepared you for the culture shock you’re encountering; you’re a Caucasian backpacking through Asia and you’ve never been more self-conscious of your blonde hair; you’re making your best effort to speak the language but not a single person has been able to understand you.

Examples:

  • I feel NOTHING like Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love. -insert emoji-
  • I am the only -insert your ethnicity- person in this restaurant. THE ONLY ONE. -insert emoji-

Official name: Fork and Knife with Plate; Black Rightwards Arrow; Sleeping Face; Leftwards Arrow with Hook

Emoji_6

Frequently used to mean: Your vacation motto has been ‘eat, sleep, repeat’ (good motto); you’re too jet lagged to do anything but eat and sleep; you’re constantly either too full to do anything but sleep or too hungry to do anything but eat.

Examples:

  • My daily morning routine currently consists of getting up at 7 every morning to take full advantage of the free hotel breakfast buffet and then going back to sleep. -insert emojis-
  • I’d say I feel bad about not seeing more of the city, but the food is so good and cheap and the bed is amazing. -insert emojis-

Official name: Smiling Face with Heart-Shaped Eyes

SmileHeartEyes

Frequently used to mean: Your vacation is going great; you’re in Japan and have only just discovered sushi for the first time (what have you been doing with your life?); the hotel upgraded you to a fancy suite with an amazing view; you can’t help but notice that the locals are incredibly attractive.

Examples:

  • Could the Maldives be any prettier? (The answer is a hard no.) -insert emoji-
  • I’m sunbathing by the pool, the sun is shining, I’m not touching my e-mail for a week, and I have a constant stream of mimosas. Is this heaven? -insert emoji-

Official name: T-Shirt; Neutral Face

Emoji_7

Frequently used to mean: You forgot to buy souvenirs for people so you’re loading up on two-for-one tourist T-shirts on the last day; you ran out of money to buy any actually nice gifts, so you’ll be hanging your head in shame as you return home with a bunch of generic tourist T-shirts; your partner went on a weeklong holiday and all he bought you was a T-shirt.

Examples:

  • At least you can use your key ring. James just got me an I <3 New York T-shirt that isn’t even in my size. -insert emojis-
  • My mom just texted me saying that she hopes I didn’t forget her authentic Japanese kimono, and here I am at the airport gift shop. -insert emojis-

How do you use your travel emojis? Tweet your most inventive ones using #momentumtravel

Photos: Alamy

Moe Thet War
Moe Thet War (@londonkebabs)

Moe Thet War (who prefers to be called Pyae Pyae) is from Myanmar and is a professional literature student, writer for the Internet, dog enthusiast and loyal member of House Targaryen. She can usually be bribed with a good dessert into doing anything. Her spirit animal is Leslie Knope.

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