Vocabualry & Phrasal Verbs for Travel & Holidays

First things first: Phrases with GO

Go on Holiday:

“I’m going on holiday to France this summer.” “We love going on holiday to Spain.”

Go abroad:

You go to another country that is not where you live. “Have you been abroad?” “Yes, last year, I went to England and we all had a great time.”

Go sightseeing:

The Sights are famous places that you see when you go to a city such as London. “When I got to London I went on a sightseeing tour and saw Buckingham Palace, The London Eye, Trafalgar Square & The British Museum but I didn’t see Big Ben.” (Remember; Big Ben is not a clock or a tower, it’s a big bell.)

Go camping:

When you sleep in a tent in a campsite or in the countryside or up a mountain. “I love going camping, especially in the summer when it’s a lot warmer.”

Go by train:

This it the action of traveling on a train.
“I love going by train, you just sit back and enjoy looking out of the window.”

Go skiing:

To go from one place to another on skis. “When it snows I grab my skis and head for the mountains” (Remember; There is downhill skiing when you ski in a zigzag fashion to go down the hill, or cross-country skiing when you use thinner skis and you generally go on flat land.)

Air Travel Vocabulary

Boarding Card:

A ticket showing you have permission to board (enter) the plane.


The place where you present your ticket & passport to be allowed to board the plane.


Where they check that you don’t take any prohibited items (e.g. sharp objects, liquids, weapons etc) onto the plane.


Where your luggage may be checked at your final destination to see if you are bringing illegal goods into the country. You may pass through The Green Zone, which is “Nothing to Declare”, or The Red Zone, which is when you have something to declare, such as, too many bottles of spirits etc.

Baggage reclaim:

Where you collect your luggage at you final destination


Where planes “Take off” and “Land”

Jet Lag:

Is after a long flight passing through different time zones, resulting in you feeling really tired. It usually occurs more often when you fly East.


On the long international fight, you may stop somewhere before arriving at your destination.
(Noun) The stopover in Moscow lasted five hours.(Phrasal verb) We stopped over at Moscow airport on our way to Thailand.

Hand Luggage:

Small light bags, briefcases etc that you can take with you onto the plane that you put in the overhead locker or on the floor in front of you.

Domestic Fights:

Fights that are entirely within one country and do not enter another country.


An aisle seat is next to the walkway you use to get to your seat from the front of the plane to the back. The window seat you can look out of the window from your seat.

Vocabulary to Describe Different Ways to Travel


Is an abstract noun, the idea of going from one place to another. “In my opinion, the best way to travel is by train. We wouldn’t say “Yesterday I traveled to London” It would
"Went to London". In fact, we don’t use the word travel much. Try to use the words below.


Is when you go from one place to another, generally on land. A train journey from London tho Bath or a car journey from New York to Boston.


Is when you go somewhere and you go back to where you started. A business trip to London or a weekend trip to Paris. Our trip to America.


A company takes you somewhere and brings you back. A wine tasting excursion in the Napa Valley in California. You go there enjoy the wine and you don’t have to worry about getting there and back again.


Is when you go somewhere with family or friends but you don’t pay anyone to take you there. Our family outing to London Zoo was great fun.


Is when you go from one place to another (like a journey) but at sea. Before planes were invented the voyage form London to New York could take weeks.


Is a kind of holiday at sea. You may go to a lot of different countries on a cruise or you could go on a cruise down The River Nile.

Packages Tour:

Is when you don’t have to organise anything. It’s all done for you. The price includes flights, accommodation, breakfast etc. You only have to pay.

Phrasal Verbs Related to Travel

Set off:

To begin a journey. “We set off really early this morning, that’s why I’m so tired.

Get away:

To go away on holiday, to escape for a while “I’m really stressed at work and what I really need is to get away.

Take off:

When the plane leaves the ground. “The plane took off on time.”

Pick up:

To pick somebody up is to go somewhere to collect someone, usually by car. “I’ll pick you up at the station at 6 in the morning.

Drop off:

To take someone somewhere by car.
“I’ll drop you off at the airport this afternoon.”

Check in:

You arrive and register at a hotel or an airport. “When we check in at the airport they’ll give us our boarding card”

Check out:

You pay the bill at the end of your stay at a hotel.

See off:

When you go to the airport, port, train station etc to say goodbye to someone. We’ll see you off at the airport.

Look around:

Explore what is around you. “After we checked in to our hotel we wanted to look around the local area to see what it was like.”

Get on:

When you enter a plane, bus, train, horse, bike.

Get off:

You leave a plan, bus, train, bike.

Get in:

When you enter a taxi, car.

Get out of:

You leave a taxi, car.

Touch down:

The moment the plane touches the ground and lands.
“Our plane touched down at half past seven in the morning.”

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