Language Tips


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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 verbs that mean to travel:


  • Did you have to travel far to get here?
  • I usually travel by bus.
  • He spends a lot of time travelling abroad.
  • Joe had to travel to Australia on business.
  • We spent the summer travelling around France.

commute to travel regularly to and from the place where you work:

  • I commute by car.
  • Office workers commute to the city from distant suburbs.

People who travel regularly to and from work by train or car are called commuters.

tour to visit several different places for pleasure:

  • They spent their honeymoon touring in Italy.
  • We intend to tour eastern Europe next summer.

backpack to travel around an area on foot or using public transport, often carrying a backpack and without spending much money:

  • I backpacked my way around south Asia.

go backpacking:

  • He went backpacking in Vietnam last year.

The verbs to journey and to voyage also mean to travel, but are mostly used in formal and literary contexts. Voyage is used especially to talk about a long journey by sea or into space:

  • He spent more than a decade voyaging around the world in a 40-foot wooden boat.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page and this page list more ways to say ‘to travel‘.

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