Summer is a great time to travel. If you are planning to travel abroad this summer, our short English travel vocabulary can come in handy.
Scroll down to watch a video lesson on Travel Phrasal Verbs.
First things first, let’s find out what is the difference between TRAVEL, TRIP, JOURNEY and TOURISM.
TRAVEL is usually used as a verb.
Ex. We had been travelling all day and were exhausted.
We can also use TRAVEL as a noun, but only with a general meaning of moving from place to place.
Ex. Foreign travel is very popular with students.
JOURNEY is a noun. It is used when you talk about going from one particular place to another. It may be long or short.
Ex. The journey from New York to Los Angeles took several days.
I have a short journey to work each day.
TRIP is used if you talk about the whole visit – the journey there and back, the place you stayed and so on.
Ex. I’m going on a business trip next month. Did you have a good trip?
We had a very successful trip although the journey back was terrible.
TOURISM is the industry of business providing accommodation, transport and other services.
ex. Tourism developed in Central America more slowly than in the nearby regions of the Caribbean and southern Mexico.
Difference between Trip, Journey, Travel and Tourism
Most of the times we BOOK our train or plane tickets in advance. We pay for a seat, a couchette, or berth in advance.
BERTH – bed in a boat
COUCHETTE – bed in a train. For example, there are couchette coaches in Nightjet train which travels across Europe.
COMPARTMENT – a room on a train
FARE – money paid for a journey
I personally like to TRAVEL LIGHT – to travel with a very small amount of luggage
Ex. I always travel light. I only take hand luggage.
LUGGAGE – baggage (suitcases, bags, etc)
A RESERVATION is when you have paid for something in advance. You can have a reservation for a hotel room, a flight, a train and so on.
Ex. – Sorry, Sir. This hotel is full.
– This is ridiculous. I have a reservation.
In a hotel you may be offered a SINGLE ROOM (for one person) or a DOUBLE ROOM (with a bed for two people).
Ex. I’m on my own, so a single room will be fine.
My husband is meeting me later so I’d like a double room, please.
If the room is EN-SUITE it means that there is a private bathroom and toilet that other guest cannot use.
Ex. The rooms at the Palace Hotel are all en-suite so you can relax in your own bath.
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If your hotel reservation is FULL BOARD it means that all your meals will be included. If it is HALF BOARD it includes your evening meal and breakfast, but not lunch.
Ex. Peter had all his meals included in the cost of the hotel. It was full board.
Some hotels offer a COMPLIMENTARY (free, costing nothing) breakfast in the morning or free drinks and snacks in the lobby.
Ex. Our guests receive welcome drinks and a complimentary fruit basket on arrival.
SUPLEMENTARY – costing extra money
Ex. Breakfast is supplementary and costs £15.
When you arrive at the hotel you must CHECK IN and when you leave you CHECK OUT.
Ex. On the day of your arrival at the hotel, please check in by 18.00.
On the day of your departure, please check out by 10.00.
You also check in when you are getting a flight at an airport. After that you may wait in the DEPARTURE LOUNGE, where only people who are getting on flights are allowed.
Ex. Our flight was delayed so we had to wat in the departure lounge for a few hours.
A STOPOVER is when you are flying to one place but have a short break in your journey in another place.
Ex. The flight to Sydney isn’t direct, there is a stopover in Singapore.
A BACKPACK is a big bag that you carry on your back.
TO BACKPACK means to travel for quite a long time, and very cheaply.
Ex. If we don’t have much money perhaps we could backpack around Europe for a couple of months.