The act of going to another place (often for a short period of time) and returning.
- We took a five-day trip to the Amazon.
- You’re back from vacation! How was your trip?
- I went on business trips to Switzerland and Germany last month.
Use the verbs “take” and “go on” with trip.
- A round-trip ticket is a ticket for going and coming back.
- A one-way ticket is only for going.
Going to another place (in general).
- I really like to travel.
- He travels frequently for work.
- My sister is currently traveling through South America.
Travel (n.) can be used to describe the act of traveling in general:
- Travel in that region of the country is dangerous.
- World travel gives you a new perspective.
Incorrect uses of travel:
- How was your travel?
How was your trip?
- I’m planning a travel to the U.S. next year.
I’m planning to travel to the U.S. next year.
I’m planning a trip to the U.S. next year.
One piece of travel (going from one place to another) – usually a long distance.
- The journey takes 3 hours by plane or 28 hours by bus.
- He made the 200-mile journey by bike.
- “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step” – Lao-tze, Tao Te Ching
We can also use journey in a more “metaphorical” way to talk about progress in life:
- He has overcome a lot of problems on his spiritual journey.
- My uncle is an alcoholic, but he’s beginning the journey of recovery.
Quiz: Travel, Trip, or Journey
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