Vocabulary exercises to help learn words for talking about holidays.


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Submitted by Safe_Mode on Sat, 12/08/2023 - 10:49


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Submitted by Safe_Mode on Sat, 12/08/2023 - 10:46


I was in Marmaris in Turkey on these holidays in July. I rode the motorcycles I took for rent. I don't like excursions and I just took the guide to find the common places for tourists and went there on motorcycle. I rode e-scooters too you can get it for rent through the app. I swam in the sea, of course, but I'm not a sea lover, actually. In the end of our trip I took some photo, I love photography and Marmaris is a great place for this.

Submitted by User_1 on Sun, 30/07/2023 - 13:26


Hello teachers,
I would ask you about the difference between "journey" and "trip".
Looking the meaning up in the dictionary, I have figured out the specificity, but it is quite hard to become familiar with it.
Although I know "trip" usually refers to a short journey, while "journey" regards a far apart place, soon after I use them as synonyms.
Do you have any suggestions on it?
Thank you!

Hi User_1,

I suggest that you build up the vocabulary into more meaningful units. Below are some collocations (i.e., common vocabulary combinations).

  • business trip, shopping trip, fishing trip, camping trip, overnight trip, return trip. (see this Cambridge Dictionary page for more collocations with "trip")
  • cross-country journey, emotional journey, journey of discovery, journey of self-discovery, personal journey, spiritual journey. (see this Cambridge Dictionary page for more collocations with "journey")

As you may notice, the meaning of "journey" is often (but not always) metaphorical and about personal growth or experience. The meaning of "trip" is almost always about literal movement from one place to another.

Then, I suggest that you find one or two of these words that have some particular meaning in your life. For example, if you or somebody you know has gone on a business trip, you could write or say a few sentences about that particular trip during your English practice, or if you have had any kind of experience that you consider a journey of discovery, you would write or speak a little bit about that. By using these words to describe your personal experience, you will make them more meaningful and memorable.

Does that make sense?


LearnEnglish team

Hi Jonathan,
Thanks for your wide explanation and for links to the Cambridge Dictionary page.
I have thought "journey" regards a far apart place, while in this Cambridge Dictionary page the collocation is "long trip".
About travelling from one place to another when they are far away, do you use trip or journey?
Thanks a lot!

Hello User_1,

There's some variation in how 'trip' and 'journey' are used, but in general a journey is conceived of as one discrete movement from one place to another, e.g. 'The journey from Barcelona to Madrid has now been cut down to just over two hours with the introduction of the AVE train'. In the previous sentence, we could also say 'trip' instead of 'journey', and in fact I think that would be more common. But 'journey' is possible, particularly in British English.

I'd say we more often use 'journey' in two particular situations. One is the metaphorical travel that Jonathan mentioned and the other is for trips that take a long time due to difficulties or lots of changes of transport along the way, e.g. 'A journey across all of Asia on ground transport will take several weeks at least.'

Does that make sense?

By the way, next week we plan to publish a new learning hub topic on holiday travel that includes an explanation of the difference between 'trip' and 'travel'. I just wanted to mention it since it's related to what you're asking about in general and I thought you might find it useful.

All the best,
LearnEnglish team

Hello Kirk,
Thanks so much.
I was a bit confused because among the collocations there is "long trip".
I am glad about the new learning hub topic.
For sure, it will be helpful!

Submitted by Emma WoodHouse on Wed, 19/07/2023 - 12:58


I return to my country on holiday to see my family and friends. We usually hang out and spend time together as much as we can. We go to the beach to swim, play volleyball, and enjoy ice cream in the summer heat. In the evening, we enjoy having dinner outside. We often promenade by the shore to talk about our lives and interests.

Submitted by hongthequang on Tue, 11/07/2023 - 02:48


In the holidays, I like to go to my hometown with my wife and son. My hometown is a peaceful place. A place where I can relieve the pressures of life.