Learning English: Some Easily Confused Travel Words

At this time of year you may be thinking about holidays so let’s kick off with an explanation of some commonly confused travel words. Have a good time wherever you spend this summer

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Travel : Verb – the experience of going to different places in general. “I like travelling.” Noun without article – the experience in general. “I’d like to talk about travel.” In the plural the noun often refers to an account of someone’s journeys, eg: “Gulliver’s Travels”. Adjective: – a travel agency; a travel diary.

Trip : Noun – travel plus the time you spend in a place; your whole holiday. “Our teacher is organising a trip to Britain.”

Voyage: Noun – a long journey, especially by sea. “ Captain Cook’s voyage of discovery”.

Journey: Noun – Going from one place to another. “The journey from London to Cardiff takes four hours by coach.”

Break: Noun – a short trip. “We had a weekend break in Paris.”

Tour: Verb – to go around the important places in a location. “We toured Britain by car.” Noun – a visit to the important places in a location. “We went on a bus tour of London.”

Excursion: Noun – a tour organised for you by someone else, usually a tour operator. “We went on an excursion to the Tower of London.”

Sightsee : Verb – usually used with “go” – “go sightseeing” – to visit important monuments and sights. “ We went sightseeing in London. We saw Buckingham Palace, the London Eye and St Paul’s Cathedral.”

Pat Eggleton

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