Confusing Words in English: Travel, Trip, Vacation, Journey

Some words can be confusing in English. Below you will find the different meanings of travel, trip, vacation and journey in English.

(Noun) Act of going some place and returning. 
1- I went on a trip to Jamaica.
2- I am going on a trip with my family.
3- We are planning a trip to Italy.
4- I can’t wait for our trip to Las Vegas. It will be so much fun!

(Noun) Action of traveling (usually to a different country)
(Verb) Going on a journey for a long time or to different country. 
1- Next year I want to travel to Japan.
2- Peter travels to many different countries on business.
3- My husband traveled to Spain last month.
4- I travel once a year to Germany to visit my aunt.

(Noun) an extended time to relax or for recreation spent away from your home
(Verb) take a vacation
1- I am going on vacation next week.
2- We had to cancel our vacation because of the hurricane.
3- They went on vacation for a month.
4- I am so stressed. I need a vacation.

*Holiday is commonly used in British English instead of vacation. 

(Noun) act of traveling from one place to another for a long time
(Verb) travel somewhere (*not commonly used)
1- My sister when on a long journey. 
2- The pioneers journeyed west in search of gold. 
3- They journeyed  across the ocean in their ship. 
4- The journey lasted four long months. 

 You should now have a clearer understanding of how to use trip, travel, vacation and journey when speaking English. 

Talking about Your Schedule in English

 Use the diagram above to help you answer questions about Eddie, Jon and Jackie’s daily sports schedule. 

Talking About Your Schedule

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Helpful Phrases to Talk about Your Schedule… 

I __________ every Thursday. 

I work Monday through Friday. 

I __________ on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

I don’t ______________ on the weekend, only on weekdays. 

Money Idioms in English

Money is something that people never seem to have enough of. Below you will learn eight idioms about money in English. 

Look at the infographic below from Kaplan International, it has great illustrations to help you understand and remember some idioms commonly used to talk about money.  

To read more from the original post, you can visit Kaplan here


Are these idioms new to you? Is it common for people to go Dutch in your country? 

Animal Idioms in English

Do you have trouble learning and understanding English idioms? In today’s post you will learn eight animal idioms or common sayings in English. 

Check out the infographic below from Kaplan International presenting some English idioms about animals. 

Read original article from Kaplan here.

Have you ever heard or used any of these animal idioms before? Do you know anyone other animal idioms in English? If so, please share. 

Talking about the Weather Forecast in English


Pretend you are a meteorologist. Talk about the weather forecast for tomorrow using this map. 

Sentences to help you speak… 

1. It will be ________________ in ________________. 

2. It will be hot in ____________________. 

3. It will be cold in ___________________. 

4. It will be ____ degrees in ____________. Don’t forget to wear warm clothes. 

5. Tomorrow, ______________ will be ______________. 

6. It will be sunny in ____________. 


Remember to use words like: North, South, East, West, cloudy, sunny, snowing, raining, cold, hot, and freezing. 

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