Language Tips

someone who travels

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Liz Potter
Written by Liz Potter

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 someone who travels:

passenger someone who is travelling in a motor vehicle or on a plane, train, or ship, but who is not the driver or one of the people who work on it:

  • Two other passengers in the car suffered serious injuries.
  • The safety of passengers and crew is paramount.
  • Rail passengers are furious at the latest increase in fares.

traveller someone who is travelling, especially a long distance, or someone who travels often:

  • The government has issued new health advice for travellers.
  • Air travellers endured a third day of disruption as flights were cancelled.
  • The hotel welcomes business travellers.

commuter someone who travels regularly to and from work:

  • The train was packed with rush-hour commuters when it left the station.

tourist someone who travels to a place on holiday:

  • The island attracts more than 17,000 tourists a year.

voyager someone who travels on a long journey, especially by boat:

  • The custom was introduced to the Hawaiian islands by early Polynesian voyagers.

Note Voyager is a literary word that is not used much in everyday English.

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

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