Confusing words: Travel, Trip, Voyage and Journey

Travel (v) is used in general terms as a verb – it usually means to change location. The word travel is very rarely used as a noun.

For example: I have to travel a lot for work.

Trip (n) is often substituted for the word ‘holiday’ when the travelling distance was short.

For example: How was your trip?

It is often used in connection with business.

For example: I have to travel a lot for work. I am off on another business trip next week.

Trip (v) has a totally different meaning. It means to nearly fall over.

For example: I tripped over the carpet and sprained my ankle.

Voyage (n) is usually a long journey by boat. The word voyage is very rarely used as a verb.

For example: The voyage to South Africa took over six weeks.

Journey (n) is used more in British English than American English. It means the ‘piece’ of travel between 2 or more points. The word journey is very rarely used as a verb.

For example: The journey from Darmstadt to Nottingham takes 12 hours.

MS Voyager of the Seas, is a Voyager-class cruise ship, completed in 1999, for Royal Caribbean International. She is the namesake of Voyager-class ships.

It can handle up to 3114 guests, and, along with its sisters in the Voyager class, is one of the largest passenger ships in the world; currently, only the Cunard Line Queen Mary 2, Norwegian Epic and the Royal Caribbean International Freedom Class and Oasis Class are larger. Constructed at Aker Finnyards in Turku, Finland, the ship measures 137,276 gross tons on a 64,000 ton displacement. It is 1,020 ft. long overall, has a waterline beam of 127 ft. and a maximum width of 156 ft (47.55 m).

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