Meaning of TRAVEL in English



1. to travel to a place

2. the activity of travelling

3. different ways of travelling

4. to travel a particular distance

5. when you travel somewhere without stopping

6. to travel to another country

7. to travel as part of your job

8. to travel to a lot of different places

9. a journey

10. a short journey

11. someone who is travelling

12. someone does not live in one particular place

13. the place that you are travelling to

14. a strong desire to travel


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1. to travel to a place

▷ go /gəʊ/ [intransitive verb]

to go to a place that is away from where you live, especially for a holiday or for business :

▪ My parents are in the Caribbean for Christmas, but I couldn’t go this year.

go (over/out/up/down) to

▪ We’re going to Malta this summer.

▪ We went up to Montreal for a long weekend.

▪ She’s been out to Africa several times on diplomatic visits.

▷ travel /ˈtræv ə l/ [intransitive verb]

to make a journey from one place to another - use this to talk about going to a place that is a long way from your home or when you are going to many different places :

▪ I love to travel.

travel from/to/across/through etc

▪ We travelled from China to Russia by train.

▪ They had been travelling over the dry desert terrain for five days.

▷ go on a trip/take a trip /ˌgəʊ ɒn ə ˈtrɪp, ˌteɪk ə ˈtrɪp/ [verb phrase]

to go somewhere for a short time before returning home :

▪ The geography class has taken a trip to Wales.

▪ I’m going on a business trip to Japan next week.

go on a trip/take a trip to/through/up/around etc

▪ We decided to go on a trip through the Rocky Mountains in the spring.

▪ Let’s take a trip up the Rhine and stop at some of the castles along the way.

▷ make a journey /ˌmeɪk ə ˈdʒɜːʳni/ [verb phrase] especially British

to travel to a place, especially when it is a long way away and the journey is difficult :

▪ Every year he was supposed to go, and every year he could think of excuses for not making the journey.

▪ When the tribe ran out of food, they had no choice but to make the journey north to more fertile ground.

▷ en route /ˌɒn ˈruːtǁˌɑːn-/ [adverb]

on the way to somewhere :

▪ We stopped en route to meet some friends in Brussels.

en route to/from/for

▪ The flight was en route from Tokyo to Sydney when it experienced engine trouble.

▷ be on the move /biː ɒn ðə ˈmuːv/ [verb phrase]

to travel from one place to another, especially because it is difficult or impossible for you to stay where you were :

▪ He was always on the move, never staying in one town more than a few days.

▪ The guerrillas stay on the move to avoid capture.

▪ Thousands of refugees are on the move, fleeing heavy shelling in their home towns.

▷ cross /krɒsǁkrɔːs/ [transitive verb]

to travel across a very large area such as a desert, an ocean, or an area of mountains :

▪ It took a lot of courage to cross the Rocky Mountains in those days.

▪ They crossed the Atlantic in a convoy of fifty ships.

2. the activity of travelling

▷ travel /ˈtræv ə l/ [uncountable noun]

▪ Her interests are politics, music, and travel.

▪ a travel programme

travel from/to/between etc

▪ In the 19th century, travel between the two countries was extremely difficult.

air/space/road/etc travel

▪ Future generations can possibly look forward to space travel as a holiday option.

3. different ways of travelling

▷ drive /draɪv/ [intransitive verb]

to travel in a car :

▪ ‘How are you going to get there?’ ‘I’m driving.’

drive to/from

▪ Jenny drove to the coast for the weekend.

▷ fly /flaɪ/ [intransitive verb]

to travel by plane :

▪ My mother never liked flying.

fly to/from etc

▪ We’ll be flying from New York to Munich.

▷ sail /seɪl/ [intransitive verb]

to travel by boat or ship :

▪ We sail first thing in the morning

sail to/from

▪ He sailed from Southampton on May 6th.

▷ by car/boat/plane/train /baɪ ˈkɑːʳ, ˈbəʊt, ˈpleɪn, ˈtreɪn/ [adverb]

travelling in a car, boat, plane, or train :

▪ ‘Did you come by car?’ ‘No, by train.’

▪ Some of the beaches can only be reached by boat.

▪ We didn’t have much time, so we decided to go by plane.

▷ on foot /ɒn ˈfʊt/ [adverb]

if you go somewhere on foot, you walk there :

▪ The two men had attempted to cross the mountains on foot.

▷ take /teɪk/ [transitive verb]

if you take a train, bus, or plane, you travel in it :

▪ What’s the best way to get downtown? Should I take a bus?

▪ Take the subway to Montgomery Station and walk from there.

▷ by air/by sea/by land /baɪ ˈeəʳ, baɪ ˈsiː, baɪ ˈlænd/ [adverb]

if you travel by air, by sea, or by land you travel by plane, in a boat, or on land :

▪ It’s much quicker if you go by air, but it’s also more expensive.

▪ Troops entered the region by land and sea.

▷ overland /ˌəʊvəʳˈlænd◂/ [adverb]

by train, car, bus etc, especially over a long distance, when people would normally go by plane or ship :

▪ It’s certainly quicker to fly but we thought it would be more exciting to go overland.

overland [adjective only before noun]

▪ The overland route is very difficult at times.

▷ hitchhike/hitch also hitch a ride American /ˈhɪtʃhaɪk, hɪtʃ, ˌhɪtʃ ə ˈraɪd/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

to travel by standing by the side of the road asking people in cars to stop and take you to the place you want to go :

▪ He lost all his money in a casino in Vegas and had to hitchhike back to San Francisco.

▪ We hitched a ride with a trucker who took us all the way to the Virginia border.

▪ It’s a lot cheaper to hitch but it’s also more dangerous.

▷ backpacking /ˈbækˌpækɪŋ/ [uncountable noun]

the activity of travelling independently to a lot of different areas, carrying your clothes etc in a special bag on your back :

▪ Backpacking is especially popular among students and young people.

▪ a backpacking trip

go backpacking

▪ Last year, he went backpacking in the US.

4. to travel a particular distance

▷ go /gəʊ/ [transitive verb]

go 40 miles/five kilometres etc

to travel a particular distance, especially as only part of a journey :

▪ We had only gone about five miles when I started to feel sick.

▪ How far have we gone today?

▷ do /duː/ [transitive verb] especially British

do 20 miles/30 kilometres etc

to travel for 20 miles, 30 kilometres etc :

▪ We were riding through the hills, but we still managed to do 30 miles each day.

▪ I bought the car for £3500, and it’s only done 30,000 miles!

▷ cover /ˈkʌvəʳ/ [transitive verb]

to travel a particular distance, especially a long distance, that is part of a longer journey you are making :

▪ It took him three days to cover the distance from Laingsbury to Albertsville.

▪ In one twenty-five day period, he covered 800 miles.

5. when you travel somewhere without stopping

▷ non-stop /ˌnɒn ˈstɒp◂ǁˌnɑːn ˈstɑːp◂/ [adjective/adverb]

if you travel somewhere non-stop, especially on a plane, you do not stop until you get there :

▪ You can fly non-stop to Hong Kong, but it’s more expensive.

non-stop flight/trip/voyage etc

▪ Is there a non-stop flight to Delhi?

▷ direct /dɪˈrekt, dəˈrekt, ˌdaɪˈrekt◂/ [adjective/adverb]

without stopping on a journey or without changing from one train, plane etc to another :

▪ There isn’t a direct flight - you’ll have to change planes in Miami.

▪ With this ticket you can travel direct from Paris to Berlin overnight.

6. to travel to another country

▷ go abroad /ˌgəʊ əˈbrɔːd/ [verb phrase]

to travel to another country, especially for pleasure and interest :

▪ Here’s a list of things to think about before you go abroad.

▪ I’m the only person I know who’s never been abroad or even on a plane.

be abroad

▪ When their mother died she was unable to contact her brother because he was abroad somewhere.

▷ go overseas /ˌgəʊ əʊvəʳˈsiːz/ [verb phrase]

to travel to another country in order to stay there for a long time, for example because you have been sent to work there :

▪ I wrote a letter to the interviewer, explaining that I was going overseas for six months.

▪ The soldiers underwent training for three months before the unit went overseas.

▷ visit /ˈvɪzɪt, ˈvɪzət/ [transitive verb]

to travel to another country for a short time, especially because you want to find out what it is like :

▪ He was the first traveller from the British Isles to visit Abyssinia.

▪ Thousands of Americans visit Thailand each year.

▷ go out to /ˌgəʊ ˈaʊt tuː/ [transitive phrasal verb not in passive] British

to travel to another country that is a long way away :

▪ He went out to West Africa in 1962 and has been there ever since.

▪ The Chief Financial Officer went out to Korea to oversee the merger.

7. to travel as part of your job

▷ travel /ˈtræv ə l/ [intransitive verb]

▪ Do you have to travel a lot in your new job?

▪ The post will involve you travelling to Germany about three times a year.

travelling British /traveling American [uncountable noun]

▪ The job involves a certain amount of travelling.

▷ commute /kəˈmjuːt/ [intransitive verb]

to travel every day to get to work because you live in a different city or town from the one you work in :

▪ I don’t mind commuting on the train as long as I have a good book to read.

▪ Kendall commutes into the city every day from Waltham.

▷ tour /tʊəʳ/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

if a sports team, entertainer, politician etc tours, they travel to many different places in order to play, perform, or be seen :

▪ Haynes recorded with Charlie Parker and toured with Sarah Vaughan in the 1950s.

▪ The theatre company will tour later this year.

tour the country/the US/Russia etc

▪ The team is currently touring Australia in a series of friendly games.

▷ be on tour /biː ɒn ˈtʊəʳ/ [verb phrase]

if a musician, actor, sportsman etc is on tour, he or she is travelling to many different places so that people can see them play or perform :

▪ Jennings is currently on tour, promoting and reading from his new children’s book.

▪ At the moment the band is on tour in Europe.

8. to travel to a lot of different places

▷ travel around also travel round British /ˌtræv ə l əˈraʊnd, ˌtræv ə l ˈraʊnd/ [intransitive/transitive phrasal verb]

to travel to a lot of different places, especially when you do not plan exactly where you are going :

▪ David travelled around a lot in the ‘60s and ’70s.

travel around Europe/the North/Canada etc

▪ I’d love to have a job that let me travel around the world.

▪ She’s been traveling around the country trying to get big companies interested in her ideas.

▷ tour /tʊəʳ/ [transitive verb] British

to travel to a lot of different places within a particular area or country, especially for pleasure and interest :

▪ For our summer vacation this year we’re touring Spain in a camper.

▪ We shall tour the city for two hours and then meet back at the bus.

▷ do /duː/ [transitive verb] spoken

to travel to a lot of different places in a particular area, especially as part of a holiday :

▪ Last year we did the Greek Islands but we were thinking of the USA this year.

▪ There’s not a whole lot to see, so you can do the city in two or three days.

▷ get around also get round British /ˌget əˈraʊnd, ˌget ˈraʊnd/ [intransitive/transitive phrasal verb]

to travel to a large number of places, usually in a short time :

▪ The metro system in Mexico City is very good. It makes it really easy to get around.

get around London/Europe/the Midwest etc

▪ You can use free shuttle buses to get around the city.

▷ explore /ɪkˈsplɔːʳ/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

to travel to many different places in a particular area, because you are interested to find out more about them :

▪ We’ll be in Istanbul for three days, so there will be plenty of time to explore.

▪ Whenever possible, she and Flynn would go off and explore the countryside, taking a picnic with them.

▷ see the world /ˌsiː ðə ˈwɜːʳld/ [verb phrase]

to travel around to different places all over the world so that you get the experience of living in other countries :

▪ After leaving college and earning some money he set off to see the world.

▷ on your travels /ɒn jɔːʳ ˈtræv ə lz/ [adverb]

if you do something on your travels, you do it while you are travelling to different places :

▪ I picked up a few words of Chinese on my travels, but I don’t speak it fluently.

on your travels to

▪ Corbett met a number of his contacts on his travels to Taiwan.

9. a journey

▷ journey /ˈdʒɜːʳni/ [countable noun] especially British

the period you spend travelling from one place to another - use this especially about someone travelling for a long distance or when talking about someone regularly travelling somewhere, for example to school or work :

▪ We had an awful journey - there was heavy snow and the car broke down

bus/train/car etc journey

▪ It was a long train journey to St Petersburg.

a two-hour/five-mile journey

▪ They arrived in Nice after an eight-hour journey by car.

make a journey

▪ These birds make an incredible 10,000-kilometre journey to Africa every winter.

▷ trip /trɪp/ [countable noun]

a journey in which you go to a place, stay there for a short time, and then come back. In American English, trip can be used to mean any journey :

▪ We had a fantastic trip - the flight was fine and the hotel was perfect.

▪ The trip to the coast took longer than we expected.

take a trip/go on a trip

▪ They decided to take a trip to Paris.

on a trip

taking a trip

▪ My husband’s away on a business trip in China.

business/school/skiing etc trip

▪ My dad and I used to go on a camping trip alone together every summer.

a two-hour/five-mile etc trip


▪ It’s only a three-hour trip by plane to Seattle.

boat/car/plane etc trip

▪ It’s such a nice day - how about going on a boat trip?

road trip

American a long trip in a car

▪ My friend and I took several road trips to New York City.

▷ tour /tʊəʳ/ [countable noun]

a journey for pleasure during which you visit several different towns, areas etc. A tour is also an organized journey made by an entertainer, sports team, or politician in order to perform, play, or speak in several places :

▪ Did you see Bruce Springsteen on his last tour?

tour of

▪ We took a bicycle tour of Tuscany.

▪ The prime minister has left for a three-week tour of South America.

on tour

▪ Norton is on tour promoting her new children’s book.

a leg of a tour

part of a tour

▪ The last leg of the tour will take the team to Dallas.

package tour

planned holiday with all costs included

▪ They like to take package tours because they hate dealing with details.

▷ flight /flaɪt/ [countable noun]

a journey in a plane :

▪ All flights to Tokyo were delayed because of bad weather.

a 30-minute/3-hour etc flight

▪ It’s a 7-hour flight to New York.

▷ ride /raɪd/ [countable noun]

a short journey in a vehicle such as a car, or on a bicycle or a horse :

▪ He pretended to be asleep for the entire two hour ride.

bike/car/horse etc ride

▪ On the car ride back from the airport he told her all about his trip.

go for a ride

ride somewhere just for enjoyment

▪ She took me to see the horse and asked if I wanted to go for a ride.

▷ drive /draɪv/ [singular noun]

a journey in a car :

▪ It’s a beautiful day for a drive in the country.

a 12-hour/15-minute etc drive

▪ It’s about a 20-minute drive into the city from here.

take a drive/go for a drive

▪ Let’s take a drive out to the farm.

▷ crossing /ˈkrɒsɪŋǁˈkrɔː-/ [countable noun]

a short journey in a boat or ship from one side of a lake, river, or sea to the other :

▪ The crossing from Dover to Calais is often very rough.

▷ voyage /ˈvɔɪ-ɪdʒ/ [countable noun]

a long journey in a boat or ship :

▪ In those days, the voyage to Australia was long and dangerous.

▷ expedition /ˌekspɪˈdɪʃ ə n, ˌekspəˈdɪʃ ə n/ [countable noun]

a long journey, especially one made by a group of people, to visit a dangerous place or a place that has never been visited before :

▪ The purpose of the expedition was to explore the North American coastline.

▪ an expedition to the North Pole

▷ trek /trek/ [countable noun]

a long and difficult journey, for example over mountains or through forests, especially when you are walking. Some people also go on treks for interest and enjoyment :

▪ The team is preparing for a two week trek across the Atlas Mountains.

10. a short journey

▷ go out for the day /gəʊ ˌaʊt fəʳ ðə ˈdeɪ/ [verb phrase]

to visit a beach, an area of countryside, a town etc for pleasure and come back home on the same day :

▪ It’s such a lovely day - let’s go out for the day and visit the zoo.

▷ day trip /ˈdeɪ trɪp/ [countable noun]

a visit to a beach, an area of countryside, a town etc when you go there and come back the same day :

▪ It would be nice to take a day trip to Chicago to do some shopping.

▷ a commute /ə kəˈmjuːt/ [countable noun usually singular]

a journey that someone makes each day to work, especially when they live a fairly long way away from their work :

▪ The commute from Kent into London can be horrendous.

a 1-hour/20-minute etc commute

▪ I had no money, two small children, and a 90-minute commute to work each day.

▷ outing /ˈaʊtɪŋ/ [countable noun]

a short journey on which a group of people go to visit a local place of interest, the theatre etc :

outing to

▪ Mrs Pollack took her class on an outing to the local museum.

school/church etc outing

▪ a school outing to the ballet

▷ excursion /ɪkˈskɜːʳʃ ə nǁ-ʒ ə n/ [countable noun]

a short journey arranged so that a group of people can visit a place of interest, especially while they are already on holiday :

▪ The resort also offers daily excursions to nearby towns.

excursion to

▪ One day he took an excursion to the other end of the island for a change of scene.

11. someone who is travelling

▷ traveller British /traveler American /ˈtræv ə ləʳ/ [countable noun]

▪ Many travellers find that facilities for young children are often inadequate.

▪ Travelers going to malarial regions should see their doctor before they start.

air/rail/sea etc traveller

▪ 80,000 air travellers pass through the terminal every day.

business travellers

people travelling as part of their job

▪ These days most airlines concentrate their advertising on business travelers.

seasoned traveller

someone who has travelled a lot

▪ As a seasoned traveller I know the value of being able to speak at least a few words of the local language.

▷ passenger /ˈpæsɪndʒəʳ, -s ə n-/ [countable noun]

someone who is travelling in a vehicle, boat, or plane, but is not the driver :

▪ The driver and all three passengers were killed in the crash.

▪ The airport was jammed with thousands of passengers from delayed or cancelled flights.

▷ commuter /kəˈmjuːtəʳ/ [countable noun]

someone who lives in a different town, city etc from the one where they work, and who therefore travels a long distance every day to get to work :

▪ It was a small shop that catered to commuters and local workers.

commuter train/plane etc

▪ Each region has one organization controlling buses and operating its commuter trains.

▷ tourist /ˈtʊ ə rɪst, ˈtʊ ə rəst/ [countable noun]

someone who travels around and visits places for pleasure, while they are on holiday :

▪ A park ranger was answering the tourists’ questions as they looked out over the canyon.

▪ A tourist visa is required for most nationalities.

▷ travelling British /traveling American /ˈtræv ə lɪŋ/ [adjective only before noun]

moving from place to place in order to work, perform etc :

▪ His father was a travelling salesman and was very rarely at home.

▪ The traveling show includes historical films as well as 300 genuine artifacts that kids can handle.

▷ well-travelled British /well-traveled American /ˌwel ˈtræv ə ld◂/ [adjective]

someone who is well-travelled has visited a lot of different places around the world :

▪ Sanders’ parents were well-traveled, well-educated people.

▷ jet-setter /ˈdʒet ˌsetəʳ/ [countable noun] informal

a rich and fashionable person who travels a lot :

▪ Duke, heir to a tobacco fortune and an international jet-setter, died at the age of 80.

jet-setting [adjective]

▪ He built the hotel to provide accommodation for jet-setting guests at his daughter’s wedding.

▷ backpacker /ˈbækˌpækəʳ/ [countable noun]

someone who travels independently to a lot of different areas, carrying their clothes etc in a special bag on their back :

▪ The bar was full of young Australian backpackers.

▪ She runs a downtown hostel for backpackers - the cost only $5 a night.

▪ Fears are growing for the safety of a British backpacker who went missing in Vietnam last week.

12. someone does not live in one particular place

▷ migrant /ˈmaɪgrənt/ [countable noun]

someone who has travelled from one place or country to another in order to find work :

▪ Many of the city’s poorest residents are migrants from rural areas.

▪ 400 migrants won the right to stay in the country yesterday, after a ten-year battle.

migrant [adjective]

▪ Life for migrant workers is a constant struggle to survive.

▷ drifter /ˈdrɪftəʳ/ [countable noun]

someone who continually travels from one place to another without ever planning where to go next and without ever having a fixed job :

▪ His grandfather was a drifter from New Mexico, who spent half his life brawling and drinking.

▷ nomad /ˈnəʊmæd/ [countable noun]

a member of a tribe of people who do not live permanently in one place, but travel around looking for food for their animals, warmer weather etc :

▪ The film follows the nomads as they cross the desert with their camels.

nomadic /nəʊˈmædɪk/ [adjective]

▪ The Aborigines are a nomadic people indigenous to Australia.

▷ vagrant also transient American /ˈveɪgrənt, ˈtrænziəntǁˈtrænʃ ə nt/ [countable noun]

someone who has no job, no home etc and who travels around and sleeps outdoors :

▪ City authorities are planning a campaign to get an estimated 300,000 vagrants off the streets.

▪ The town has never been particularly welcoming to transients.

13. the place that you are travelling to

▷ destination /ˌdestɪˈneɪʃ ə n, ˌdestəˈneɪʃ ə n/ [countable noun usually singular]

▪ At the border you will be asked your destination and how long you plan to stay.

▪ The glorious Inca ruins are the main tourist destination in Peru.

arrive at/reach your destination

▪ By the time he reached his destination, seven days later, he was half-starved and broke.

▷ be on the way to /biː ɒn ðə ˈweɪ tuː/ [verb phrase]

if you are on the way to somewhere, you are travelling towards it :

▪ We were already on the way to the airport when we realized we’d forgotten our passports.

▪ I don’t know where she is. She’s probably on her way to London by now.

▷ bound /baʊnd/ [adjective]

travelling in a particular direction :

bound for

▪ We passed a ferry full of people bound for one of the outer islands.

eastbound/westbound etc

▪ It was dark when the southbound international express finally passed by.

London-bound/Chicago-bound etc

▪ Take the London-bound train but get off two stations before the end of the line.

14. a strong desire to travel

▷ wanderlust /ˈwɒndəʳlʌstǁˈwɑːn-/ [uncountable noun] written

a strong desire to travel and to experience life in other countries :

▪ It was not wanderlust alone that made him keen to visit Brazil. He thought he might hear news of his natural mother there.

▷ itchy feet /ˌɪtʃi ˈfiːt/ [plural noun] British informal

the desire to travel, which makes it difficult for you to stay in one place for very long :

▪ I always get itchy feet at this time of year, in the spring.

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