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Language tip of the week: trip

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This week’s language tip helps with alternatives for the noun trip:



journey a trip from one place to another, often one that is long or difficult: Did you have a tiring journey?
travels a series of trips made over a period of time, especially to a place that is far away: essays based on his travels in South America
tour a trip to several different places to see things of interest: a two-week tour of Italy
expedition a trip to a very distant place for a long period of time, often with a specific aim such as scientific research: the first expedition to try to reach the South Pole
outing a short trip made by a group of people, usually lasting less than a day: a school outing to the science museum
excursion an organized trip for a group of people: The company organized excursions to local places of interest.

Some words suggest specific methods of transport:

voyage a long trip, either by sea or in space: a voyage across the Atlantic
flight a trip that involves travelling by plane: How long is the flight to New York?
drive a trip that involves travelling by car: My drive to work only takes 20 minutes.
crossing a trip from one piece of land to another, across water: an overnight ferry crossing
ride a short trip in a car or bus, or on a bicycle or motorbike: Come on, I’ll give you a ride to school.

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