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Using ‘travel’ words in English

In this lesson, you will learn how to use various terms that we use when we talk about travelling.

Travel:

means going from one place to another. It can be a verb or a noun.

  • Example: Marc travels a lot in his job.
  • Example: I travel by train.

You can also use the word ‘commute’ instead of travel.

‘Travelling’ refers o an activity.

 Journey:

is the distance covered while travelling from one place to another. It could be a long or a short journey. You make/go on a journey. It can be used as a verb too.

  • Example: We journeyed for four hours. (verb)
  • Example: My journey to work is about twenty minutes.
  • Example: How was your journey? (means how was the travelling process)

 Trip:

It involves more than one single journey. You take/go on a trip.

  • Example: John’s gone on a business trip.
  • Example: How was the trip? (refers to the purpose of travel)

 Tour:

means visiting several places.

  • Example: We toured Italy.
  • Example: We went on a tour to Europe.

 Expedition:

is an organized trip whose purpose is usually a scientific exploration or research of the environment/space.

  • Example: Many expeditions to the Antarctic have ended in a disaster.

 Excursion:

is a short journey, especially a leisure activity.

  • Example: the students have gone on a school excursion.

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