Short English Travel Vocabulary

Learn important English travel vocabulary words and phrases that will help you feel comfortable on your next adventure.

English for travelling. Travel phrasal verbs.

Difference between journey, trip and travel - Podcast Episode 195

Table of Contents

English travel vocabulary

Travel English Vocabulary. Words and phrases you need to know #learnenglish #englishlessons #tienganh #EnglishTeacher #vocabulary #ingles #อังกฤษ #английский #aprenderingles #english #cursodeingles #учианглийский #vocabulário #dicasdeingles #learningenglish #ingilizce #englishgrammar #englishvocabulary #ielts #idiomas

Share and help other students to improve English vocabulary

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.

Intermediate to Advanced English Marathon

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

INSANITY: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

First things first, let’s find out what is the difference between travel, trip, journey and tourism. 


is usually used as a verb.


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.


Foreign travel is very popular with students.


is a noun. It is used when you talk about going from one particular place to another. It may be long or short.


The journey from New York to Los Angeles took several days.

I have a short journey to work each day.

Difference between Trip, Journey, Travel and Tourism

Difference between Trip, Journey, Travel and Tourism. Improve your English at #learnenglish #englishlessons #tienganh #EnglishTeacher #vocabulary #ingles #อังกฤษ #английский #aprenderingles #english #cursodeingles #учианглийский #vocabulário #dicasdeingles #learningenglish #ingilizce #englishgrammar #englishvocabulary #ielts #idiomas

Share and help other students to improve English skills


is used if you talk about the whole visit – the journey there and back, the place you stayed and so on.


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.


is the industry of business providing accommodation, transport and other services.

Example: Tourism developed in Central America more slowly than in the nearby regions of the Caribbean and southern Mexico.

English travel vocabulary

useful vocabulary words and phrases related to travel

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 on 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


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.


💂‍♂️  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).


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.


The rooms at the Palace Hotel are all en-suite so you can relax in your own bath.

English travel vocabulary

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.


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.


Our guests receive welcome drinks and a complimentary fruit basket on arrival. 

SUPPLEMENTARY – costing extra money


Breakfast is supplementary and costs £15.

Travel Phrasal Verbs - Video Lesson

English travel phrasal verbs (video lesson)

English travel vocabulary

When you arrive at the hotel you must CHECK IN and when you leave you CHECK OUT.


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.


Our flight was delayed so we had to wait 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.


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.


If we don’t have much money perhaps we could backpack around Europe for a couple of months.

More Information

For more information on English Expressions, English phrasal verbs and English Grammar, check out the following links:

English vocabulary related to driving

English adjectives to describe places

Free materials for intermediate and advanced English are always available at learning English with the BBC.

You will love these English lessons