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. 

Affect vs. Effect with 22 Example Sentences

Knowing when to use affect and effect can be difficult; even for native English speakers. The following should help you better understand the difference and how to use them.

Affect is usually used as a verb. A ways to remember it is Affect = Action (They both start with ‘A’.) Example sentences with ‘affect’:

1. Meaning: To have an influence on or cause a change in something.
• The Midwest has been severely affected by flooding this spring.
• My family’s opinion did not affect my decision to move to Brazil.
• The fire in the apartment building affected over 20 families.
• How will the new president affect the economy?
• Some experts think that video games affect children’s brains negatively.

2. Meaning: To move or touch; act or arouse your emotions
• His speech affected my outlook on life.
• John’s laziness affected everyone at work.
• We were deeply affected by our son’s death.
• I was negatively affected by the accident.
• My husband cheating on me has affected how much I love him.

The word “affect” is rarely used as a noun. ‘Affect’ is used as a noun in the field of psychology in connection with emotional states.

Effect is almost always used as a noun. Example Sentences with ‘effect’:

1. Meaning: Result or outcome of something
• The new seat-belt law will go into effect on May 1st.
• I don’t think failing this test will have any effect on my ability to pass my English class.
• The pain medicine had an intimidate effect on my body.
• The effect of the tornado was awful.
• The anti-drug presentation had no effect on the teenager’s bad habits.

2. Meaning: Give the impression/sense of something else
• The special effects in the movie were incredible.
• The white paint will give the effect that the room is very large.
• The scary music gives the effect that the house is haunted.
• Keeping the space well lit will give the effect that there is a lot of natural light coming in.

3. Meaning: personal belongings or possessions
• I inherited my grandfather’s personal effects after his death.
• Her personal effects are in the car.
• Did Alexander bring any personal effects?

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