Language Tips

nouns that mean ‘a journey’

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Liz Potter
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In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips explores the words and phrases we use to describe movement. This week’s tip looks at nouns that mean a journey:

Note: Travel is not a countable noun and you cannot say ‘a travel’. Use one of the nouns below instead:

trip an occasion when you go somewhere and come back again:

  • a trip to Brazil
  • a fishing/camping/sightseeing trip
  • a bus/train/boat trip
  • My parents are planning their first trip abroad.
  • The whole family went on a trip to Disneyland.

a day trip (when you go and come back the same day):

  • a day trip to Paris

journey an occasion when you travel from one place to another, especially when there is a long distance between them:

  • We had a long journey ahead of us.
  • It’s a seven-hour journey to Boston from here.
  • They set off on the long journey home.

a bus or car or train journey:

  • a twelve-hour train journey

voyage a long trip either by sea or in space:

  • a voyage across the Atlantic
  • man’s first voyage to the moon

tour a journey in which you visit several different places for pleasure:

  • a two-week tour of Ireland

excursion an organized visit to an interesting place, often arranged by a tour company as part of a holiday:

  • The cruise includes several optional excursions.
  • a one-day excursion to the Grand Canyon

expedition a long journey organized for a particular purpose, often to a distant or dangerous place:

  • an expedition on foot to the North Pole
  • We are hoping to mount an expedition to the remote jungles of Borneo.

sb’s travels the journeys that someone makes to different places:

  • Her travels have taken her half way around the world.
  • When are you back from your travels?
  • We met a lot of interesting people on our travels.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘journey‘.

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