And you maybe know that Germans love using English words and giving them a different meaning.
Mignon, ha, yes, I have heard of the concept. :) When I was learning German, I was amazed at how were so many English words that were put to a new use in German (or some English words that were put together in strange ways - like a Pullunder).
historiangifford, yes, that definitely is an iconic road trip! I love that book.
Road trip would be Auto Reise. One could say Ausflug or Ausfahrt, but those aren't really correct.
Ms. Jo, yes, when I ran it through a translator, it popped up as Autoreise, but I'm assuming it's not really used since the German podcaster did not use it. And Ausflug to me means a trip or journey but not necessarily by car (Chima's song "Ausflug ins Blau" comes to mind). I like the idea of the Kaffee-Fahrt, though!
One principle of translation that every undergrad student is taught is "We don't translate words, we translate concepts and expressions".
sla019, that really makes sense. I listened to a Zoom lecture last year by Damion Searls, who translated Maria Rainer Rilke's “Letters to a Young Poet" with the Letters to Rilke from the ''Young Poet'.” I never realized how complex translation was till I heard him discuss the difficulties of translating German to English, in part because of the contexts, who the audience is, and even the difference in grammar application. He said that in German, nouns are more dynamic than English nouns as English tends to use verbs and adjectives to describe things. As an example, a phrase in English - “I was terribly afraid” - would be better translated in German to “An enormous fear rose up in me.” He said that in German, the “fear” is doing everything. Very fascinating stuff.
Pam, I still inherently think of "road trip" as a US thing. I've driven through many countries in Europe, and I never felt like it was a road trip although that could be because I had to travel so far to get there. For example, I took a "road trip" this year from Minnesota, through North Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota and back home. But when I talk about my trip to Scotland next year, where I will be flying into Glasgow and then renting a car and driving through a lot of the country, it does not feel like a "road trip" to me. But that's just me and maybe it's because as a child, those were the only trips we took for vacation. With seven kids, my parents could not afford to fly anywhere. :)