Dépaysant is a very French word and, for this reason, almost impossible to translate. It contains the prefix “dé”, which suggests a negation (like “un-”), the word pays “country” and the suffix “-ant”, similar to the English “-ing”. The adjective dépaysant could be best translated into English by “exotic”. It always carries a positive meaning. It refers to the feeling you get when you are in a new place and experience things that make you feel foreign or out of your element. Travelling to France and kissing people instead of hugging might be dépaysant!
But, don’t worry, you don’t need to leave the country to get that feeling! Going to Point Reyes and looking at the ocean from the cliffs can be dépaysant too!