Travel words sometimes misused or misunderstood by learners, with their definition and examples of use.

WordMeaning
TravelA verb or uncountable noun meaning the general activity of moving from one place to another. We cannot say ‘a travel’.
“We always try to travel light.”
Travel has become cheaper over the years.”
Note: The plural form ‘travels’ are journeys to many different places:
“On his travels, he visited Egypt and South Africa.”
TripA short journey to a particular place for a specific purpose, business or pleasure, not something you do regularly.
“Our tour of Europe included a trip to Paris.”
Road trip– A lengthy trip or holiday in a motor vehicle.
– A trip taken by a sports team to play against other teams, or by a business person for business reasons.
“This summer we’re going on a road trip around Australia.”
JourneyThe distance covered between two places.
“The journey to work generally takes around 30 minutes.”
“Our journey across Asia was long and tiring.”
TourA journey which involves a series of stops to visit places of interest and ends at the starting point.
“I’d love to go on a tour of Italy.”
Trek/HikeA long difficult walk over land such as hills, mountains or forests.
“We spent two days trekking/hiking in the Alps.”
VoyageA long journey to a distant or unknown place over water, by air or through outer space.
“”Christopher Columbus brought animals on his second voyage to America in 1493.”
ExcursionA short trip to visit a place on holiday, usually by a group of people.
“During our tour of Italy we went on an excurion to the island of Capri.”
ExpeditionA long and carefully prepared trip, especially to a dangerous or unfamiliar place.
“Scott led an expedition to the South Pole.”
CruiseA holiday or vacation spent on a ship that sails the ocean, periodically stopping in ports for sightseeing.
“Our neighbours have just set off on a round-the-world cruise.”