English Vocabulary. How To Use the Words Travel, Trip and Journey in English?

Updated: Jan 14

If you are preparing for IELTS or learning English.

These words in English can be a little confusing at times for students learning English and knowing how and when to use them.

Hopefully, our explanation will help and support you in when and how to use them in English.

Today's tip will make clear the difference between travel, trip, and journey. Learners of English commonly confuse these words!


Travel is used as a verb.

"I like to travel by bus." There are some exceptions: business travel, travel arrangements, and travel agents.

Don’t say: "Did you have a good travel?"

Do say: "Did you have a good journey / trip / flight?"


Your journey is the period spent travelling to your destination.

"We had a long and tiring journey because our plane was delayed."


A trip refers to the whole time you spend away.

"I'm going on a business trip to Madrid next month."

"Did you have a nice trip in Madrid?"

You are asking about the time spent in Madrid not the journey to Madrid.

Hopefully, this will make things a little clearer for you.

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