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

Pat Eggleton
Pat Eggleton
Welshwoman now living in Sicily. Teacher, linguist, blogger and cook.

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