2 means of transport
3 tickets, passports, money, etc
4 starting a journey, moving and arriving
luggage and packing BAG
accidents and crashes ACCIDENT
travelling in space SPACE
see also HOLIDAY, HOTEL, CAMP
- to go to a place, or different places, usually over a long distance: travel; noun (U): travel
She has to travel a lot in her job. ◎ She's planning to travel by train across Canada. ◎ air travel ◎ foreign travel ◎ a travel book
- a person who is travelling or who often travels: traveller
My aunt is a great traveller: she's been to every country in Europe.
- a person who travels with you: (travelling) companion
- an act of travelling from one place to another: journey
I hope you have a good journey. ◎ a four-hour journey ◎ a twenty-mile journey to work ◎ a journey across America ◎ a difficult/easy/smooth journey
- a journey that you make for pleasure during which you visit many places: tour; to make a journey like this: go*/be on a tour, tour (sth)
Peter and Louise are on a tour of the Italian lakes. ◎ We toured round the United States last summer.
- a journey during which you visit a place and return: trip
How was your trip to Brussels? ◎ a business trip
- to travel around a place in order to learn about it: explore (sth); noun (U): exploration; a person who explores a place: explorer
We left our hotel and set out to explore.
- to travel to another country: go* abroad
We went abroad for our holidays last year.
- to travel to another country across the sea, usually to stay for a long time: go* overseas
Will you be going overseas in your new job?
- the business of providing holidays for people: tourism (noun U)
The island's economy is heavily dependent on tourism.
- a person who travels for pleasure: tourist
a party of tourists (= a group of tourists)
the tourist industry
- a person who is away from home on holiday: holidaymaker
- a short visit round a famous building, city, etc: tour
a guided tour of Buckingham Palace
- an organized trip with a group of people: excursion
On Sunday, we went on an excursion to the mountains.
- places of interest that are visited by tourists: sights (noun plural), tourist attractions (noun plural)
- to visit the places of interest in a city, etc as a tourist: go* sightseeing, see* the sights; a person who visits the sights of a city as a tourist: sightseer
※ travelling to work
- to travel a long distance from home to work every day: commute; a person who travels a long distance to work every day: commuter
- a time each day when traffic is very busy because people are travelling to or from work: the rush hour
2 means of transport
- using a car, bus, lorry, etc to travel: by road, car, bus, etc, on the bus/coach
- to go somewhere in a car: drive*; a journey in a car or other vehicle: drive
We're driving up to Scotland this summer.
- to travel by getting free rides in other people's cars, lorries, etc: hitch-hike, (informal) hitch; a person who does this: hitch-hiker
We hitched down to Devon. ◎ I picked up two hitch-hikers on the way home from Bath.
- using a bicycle or motorcycle: by bike, by motorcycle, etc
- to travel on a motorcycle: ride* (sth)
- to travel on a bicycle: ride* (sth), cycle
to ride along cycle tracks in the New Forest ◎ I usually cycle to work.
- using a train or trains: by train, on the train, by rail
- (used about long journeys) by road or rail: overland
We travelled overland to Delhi and then flew on to Singapore.
- using an aeroplane: by air, by plane
- to travel somewhere by plane: fly*; a journey by plane: flight
- using a boat: by sea, by boat
- to travel somewhere in a boat: sail; a long journey by sea: voyage
- to travel by boat, visiting a number of places, as a holiday: cruise; noun: cruise
to go cruising in the Mediterranean ◎ a river cruise
- without using a vehicle: on foot
- to go somewhere on foot: walk
- to travel to somewhere by train, bus, plane, etc: take* sth, catch* sth, get* sth
I decided to take the train. ◎ We caught the train to Leeds and then got a bus to where she lives.
- a person who travels in a bus, train, aeroplane, etc but who does not drive or work on it: passenger
※ more on different means of transport BICYCLE, BUS, CAR, LORRY, MOTORCYCLE, PLANE, TAXI, TRAIN
- more on walking WALK
3 tickets, passports, money, etc
- a piece of paper that shows you have paid for a journey: ticket
a train ticket ◎ an air ticket
- a ticket to travel to a place and back again: return (ticket), (AmE round-trip ticket)
- a ticket to travel to a place but not back again: (on a bus or train) single (ticket), (on a plane) one-way ticket
- a ticket that allows you to make a particular journey by bus, train, etc as often as you want for a fixed period of time: season ticket
a three-month season ticket from Edinburgh to London
- when your ticket can be used or accepted legally at a certain time, it is valid
Your season ticket isn't valid after the end of this week.
- the money you pay for a journey by bus, train or taxi: fare
How much is the return/single fare to New York?
- to buy a ticket in advance for a train or bus journey, you go to a ticket office, booking office; for an air ticket you go to a travel agent
- when you arrange to buy a ticket in advance, you book (a ticket)
You need to book weeks in advance if you want to travel on Christmas Eve.
- to make sure you will have somewhere to sit on a bus or train, you can sometimes reserve a seat, make* a reservation
※ tickets for travelling on buses or trains BUS, TRAIN
- an official document that shows who you are and which you sometimes have to show when you enter or leave a country: passport
- a mark in your passport which shows that you have permission to enter or leave a country: visa
- the place where you have to stop and show your passport when you enter or leave a country: passport control
- a type of cheque you can change into foreign money while travelling abroad: traveller's cheque (AmE traveler's check)
- the money of a foreign country: foreign currency (noun U)
- a place where you can change your money into a different currency: bureau de change
※ more on money MONEY
4 starting a journey, moving and arriving
※ starting to travel
- to begin travelling to a place: leave* (for a place), set* off (for a place), set* out (for a place)
We're leaving for Italy in the morning. ◎ When are you setting off on your travels? ◎ We set out at three o'clock.
- to go with sb to a station, airport, etc and say goodbye to them as they leave: see* sb off
Mr and Mrs White saw their daughter off at the station.
- to leave a hotel at the end of your stay: check out (of sth)
When do we have to check out by?
※ more on leaving a place LEAVE
※ moving from one place to another
- the place where you are going: destination
We reached our final destination at midnight.
- the path or line along which a person or vehicle is moving: direction
We've been travelling in the same direction for hours.
- to travel towards sth: make* for a place, head for a place
We headed for the town centre.
- the way you follow to get from one place to another: route, way
We've got plenty of time - shall we take the tourist route? ◎ a bus route ◎ the coastal route ◎ Can you tell me the way to Trafalgar Square? ◎ Which way shall we go?
- a different route which you decide to take or have to take: detour
We decided to make a detour to Florence before going on to Pisa.
- a quicker, easier, or more direct route to get somewhere: short cut
Sheila took a short cut through the park.
- on the way to somewhere: en route (from a place) (to a place)
We stopped off in Paris en route to Nice.
- a plan of a journey, route, etc: itinerary
The travel agent suggested some changes to my itinerary.
- a book or drawing that shows road routes across a country: road map
- an object (especially a building) that can be seen from a distance: landmark
One of the most famous landmarks in London is Nelson's Column.
- to explain to sb how to get to a place: direct sb, give* sb directions
- to help sb find the right way or direction to go: guide sb
She guided us through the busy streets down to the harbour.
- to find out where you are and in which direction you should be going: find* your way
- not to know where you are or in which direction you should be going: be/get* lost, lose* your way
I lost my way and had to ask for directions from a policeman.
※ more on finding your way DIRECTION
- a person whose job it is to show cities, museums, etc to tourists: guide
a tour guide
- a book for tourists that gives information about interesting places: guidebook, guide
a guide to Prague
- to be travelling: (informal) be on the move
We had been on the move for twenty-four hours and were absolutely exhausted.
- to continue travelling forward: go* on
Who thinks we should stop? Who wants to go on?
- to continue travelling forward (despite difficulties): push on, keep* going
The explorers pushed on through the snow.
- to start to go back to the place you began travelling from: turn back
It was getting dark, so we decided to turn back.
- to get off one train, bus, plane, etc during a journey and get onto another: change (sth)
We changed trains at Manchester.
- an aeroplane, train, bus, etc that leaves soon after another arrives and that takes you on to the next part of your journey: connection
If this train is late, we may miss our connection.
- a short stop on a journey: stopover; verb: stop over
We made a stopover at Frankfurt on the way to Tokyo. ◎ Sheila decided to stop over in St Louis to see her parents.
- to stop your journey for a time in order to do sth else: break* your journey
They decided to break their journey in Paris.
- the amount of space between two points: distance (noun C/U)
It's only a short distance from here to the sea.
- to go a certain distance: travel ※¦, cover ※¦, do* ※¦
How far have we travelled today? ◎ We covered fifty miles on our bikes yesterday. ◎ We did 20 miles before lunch and another 20 by the time we stopped for the night.
- the amount of distance travelled by sb or sth: mileage (noun U/C)
The cost of the hired car includes unlimited mileage.
- to travel at a certain speed: go* at ※¦, do* ※¦
That car was doing more than eighty miles an hour.
- feeling ill because of the movement of the car, bus, etc you are travelling in: travel sickness (AmE motion sickness); feeling this way in a car: carsick; in a boat: seasick
I began to feel seasick as soon as we left port.
- to come to the place you were travelling to: arrive (at/in a place), reach (a place); noun: arrival
The train arrives at ten past four. ◎ We reached Birmingham at six o'clock. ◎ Our arrival was delayed because of the storm.
- to arrive somewhere in time for sth: make* somewhere, make* it to somewhere
Do you think we can make it to Heathrow on time?
- to go to a place and wait for sb to arrive: meet* sb
I'll come to meet you at the airport.
- to go to a hotel, airline, etc desk and say you have arrived: check in (at sth)
※ more on arriving at a place ARRIVE
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- a special journey which is made to a holy place: pilgrimage (noun C/U); a person who makes this kind of journey: pilgrim
to go on a pilgrimage ◎ The church was crowded with pilgrims.
- a person who does not live in one place and travels with his/her group to find grass for their animals: nomad; adjective: nomadic
- a member of a race of people who spend their lives travelling around from place to place, living in caravans: gypsy (plural gypsies), traveller