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Trip y travel

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Trip y travel

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Trip y travel son dos palabras que los alumnos suelen confundir muchísimo. En este post os explico el uso de estas palabras junto con journey, otra que también genera problemas.

The table below will help clarify the meaning and use of vocabulary related to travel.

     Travel    The word ‘travel’ is used to talk about going from one place to another.
It can be a verb, a noun or an adjective.
♦ verb :        Tom travels a lot in his job.
♦ noun (uncountable):      Travel nowadays is faster and less expensive than before.
♦ adjective :  There is a travel agency beside the bank.(travel agency, travel agent, air travel, travel documents, travel insurance, travel expenses)
     Trip    The word ‘trip‘ is used to talk about a short journey somewhere
for a purpose, business or pleasure.
♦ For our wedding anniversary, we went on a trip to Venice.
♦ My boss is often away on business trips.
♦ During our holiday, we took a boat trip to the islands.(to go on a (business / day / round) trip)
     Journey    A journey is the distance covered in travelling from one place to another.
‘Journey’ can refer to a long distance or a short regular one.
♦ The journey was long and tiring; it took us 5 hours to get there.
♦ Did you have a good journey? Yes, it was quite pleasant.
♦ How long is your journey to work? Just about 20 minutes.(to make a journey: He makes the journey to Rome three times a year)
     Voyage    A voyage is a long journey by sea or in space.
♦ Before the 20th century, long sea voyages were common.
♦ A spacecraft will take you on a voyage through space.

EXERCISE

Travel, Trip or Journey?

1. What is the most successful business ……….. you have ever been on?
2. Did you have a smooth ………….. , Frank?
3. Next week I’m going on a 3-day …………. to London.
4. The  ………….  to New York normally takes 7 hours.
5. The …………. expenses  will be covered by the company.
6. I hope to see you back here soon. Have a safe…………. home!
7. Business ……….. is often very tiring.
8. I have sent you all the ………….. details by email.
9. How often do you …………. on business a year?
10. My family are going on a sightseeing …………. to Rome next weekend.

KEYS

1. What is the most successful business trip you have ever been on?
2. Did you have a smooth journey, Frank?
3. Next week I’m going on a 3-day trip to London.
4. The journey to New York normally takes 7 hours.
5. The travel expenses will be covered by the company.
6. I hope to see you back here soon. Have a safe journey home!
7. Business travel is often very tiring.
8. I have sent you all the travel details by email.
9. How often do you travel on business a year?
10. My family are going on a sightseeing trip to Rome next weekend.

Common mistake: I did a travel

Remember, we can’t say in English do a trip or do a travel, we say “go on a trip”: I went on a trip (me fui de viaje).

Other similar phrases: “go on an excursion”, “go on a cruise”, “go on a tour”

But we can say “make a journey”.

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