the right time of year to talk about travel as the holiday
season is now beginning in most countries north of the equator.
Travel[singular U] is the general term to describe going from one
place to another. We can talk about someone's travels to
refer to the journeys he makes:
His travels abroad provided lots of background
material for novels he wrote.
Travelling is also a general term which refers to the
activity of travel:
Travelling by boat between the islands is less
tiring than travelling by road.
I don't do as much travelling as I used to now
that I'm retired.
Travel often crops up as part of compound nouns.
Compare the following:
Make sure you keep all your travel documents
safely. You can obtain your travel tickets from the
travel agents in the High Street if you don't want to
order them over the Internet. Some of you may suffer from
travel sickness. Air travel may well give you a
bumpy ride. If you don't have a credit or debit card, make
sure you take plenty of traveller's cheques with you.
often use travel as a verb:
I love to travel during the summer holidays. This
year I plan to travel all around the Iberian
journey is one single piece of travel. You make
journeys when you travel from one place to another. (Note that
the plural is spelt journeys, not journies):
The journey from London to Newcastle by train can
now be completed in under three hours.
We can talk about journeys taking or lasting
a long time:
How long did your journey take? ~ Oh, it lasted
for ever. We stopped at every small station.
We occasionally use journey as a verb as an
alternative to travel, although it may sound a bit formal or
We journeyed /travelled between the pyramids in
Mexico on horseback.
COLLOCATION: to make/have/go on a
trip usually involves more than one single journey.
We talk about day trips, round trips and business
We make journeys usually, but we go on
trips (but take or make a trip can be also
I went on a day trip to France. We left at 6.30 in
the morning and returned before midnight the same day.
The round-trip ticket enabled me to visit all the
major tourist destinations in India.
Where's Laurie? ~ He won't be in this week. He's gone on
a business trip to Malaysia and Singapore.
The trip went well. It was an old car, but we
didn't break down in four weeks of travelling
An expedition is an organised trip whose purpose
is usually scientific exploration of the environment. You go
on expeditions, just as you go on trips.
Numerous expeditions to The Antarctic have ended
Are you going to join the expedition up the Amazon
this year, like the one Tom went on last year?
Less dangerous and less adventurous are shopping
expeditions when you are hunting down particular goods
or bargains and fishing expeditions when you go in
search of fish which are not easy to locate or catch.
COLLOCATION: to go on/ make/ embark on /
undertake / set out on an expedition
safari is a trip or expedition to observe wild
animals in their natural habitat in Africa, usually. You go
on safari to safari parks. In days gone by, you
might have worn your light cotton safari suit for this
His one ambition in life was to go on safari to
Kenya to photograph lions and tigers.
cruise (noun and verb)
cruise is a holiday during which you travel on a
ship or boat and visit a number of places en route. When we
cruise, this is exactly what we do:
They cruised all around the Mediterranean for
eight weeks last summer and stopped off at a number of
My parents have seen nothing of the world so are saving
up to go on a world cruise when they retire. They are
hoping to take a trip on the cruise liner, the QE2,
voyage is a long journey, not necessarily for
pleasure, on a ship. We don't talk about voyages very
much in the present time, but historically they were very
His second voyage (1493 - 96) led to the discovery
of several Caribbean islands. On his third voyage (1498 -
1500) he discovered the South American mainland.
(Christopher Columbus, the great explorer)
COLLOCATION: to go on/ to undertake/ to
take/ to make/ to embark on/ to set out on a