TravelThe word ‘travel’ is used to talk about going from one place to another.

It can be a verb, a noun or an adjective :

  • Verb : Paul travels a lot in his job.
  • Noun : Travel nowadays is faster than before.
  • Adjective : There is a travel agency beside the bank.

TripThe 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.

JourneyA journey is the distance covered when 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.

TourA tour is a journey during which several places are visited, especially on a holiday.

‘Tour’ can be a noun or a verb.

  • Noun : We went on a tour of Italy.
  • Verb : We toured the north of India.

VoyageA 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.



  1. journey指从一地到另一地,通常指陆地上的远距离"旅行”,有时也可以表示经常走的或长或短的"路程”。只作名词。例如:

I took a journey from Beijing to Shanghai last year.

  • How long is your journey to school? -Only about 10 minutes.
  1. voyage主要指远距离的水上旅行,也可以指空中旅行意思为"航海、航空、航行"等。只作名词。例如:

She usually gets seasick during the voyage.

They made a voyage across the Pacific by air.

  1. trip 一般指时间短、距离近的"旅行、远足”,也可以指长途旅行。在非正式用语中可代替journey。只作名词。例如:

We made a boat trip to the island last week and had a good time.

I will be on a trip to / journey to the south next summer holiday.

  1. tour 着重指旅行线路比较曲折,常表示” (周游各地的) 参观、访问、 (巡回) 旅游、视察、购物、演出"等意思。可作动词和名词。例如:

I will tour the world in the future.

My father has gone down-town on a shopping tour.

  1. travel作"旅行、游历"解,一般表示从一地到另一地旅行这一总的概念。常指长时间、远距离的"旅行”。尤指出国旅行。可作动词和名词。其复数形式意思为"旅游笔记”、“游记”。例如:

At present, many people are fond of travel in their spare time.

I am reading a book about the travel to North Pole.

They came home after years of foreign travel.

Light travels faster than sound.