Bon Voyage: French Vocabulary Explained

A sign saying Bon Voyage.
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Expression: Bon voyage
Pronunciation: [bo(n) vwa yazh]
Meaning: have a good trip
Literal translation: good trip
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Notes: The expression bon voyage is used in both French and English to say goodbye to travelers and wish them well.

Related Expressions

  • bonnes vacances - enjoy your vacation/holiday
  • bonne route - safe journey, drive safely
  • bon retour - safe journey home

In French, bon can be added to pretty much any noun to wish someone well:

  • bon appétit - enjoy your meal
  • bon match - enjoy the game, have a good game
  • bonne promenade - have a nice walk, enjoy your walk
  • bon vélo - have a nice bike ride, enjoy your bike ride
  • bon week-end - have a nice weekend

And it means "happy" in relation to special occasions:

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