Travel Vocabulary for English-Language Learners

Follow-up quizzes provide extra practice

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The travel-related words below are the most important terms to know when talking about travel or taking vacations. Words are categorized into different sections depending on the type of travel. You'll find example sentences for each word to help provide context for learning, as well as short quizzes for each section. Check your answers by scrolling to the bottom of the page. 

If you're in the service industry, this vocabulary will be especially helpful.

Traveling is a great way to learn about other countries and nationalities.

By Air

Airport: I went to the airport to catch a flight to San Francisco.
Check-in: Make sure to get to the airport two hours early to check in.
Fly: I like to fly on the same airline to get mileage points.
Land: The airplane will land in two hours. 
Landing: The landing took place during a storm. It was very scary!
Plane: The plane is packed with 300 passengers. 
Take off: The airplane is scheduled to take off at 3:30 p.m.

Check your vocabulary by using a word to fill in the blanks:

  1. My plane _____ in three hours! I have to catch a taxi to the _____.
  2. Can you pick me up at tomorrow morning? My flight _____ at 7:30.
  3. The _____ was very bumpy. I was afraid.
  4. Be sure to _____ at least two hours before your flight.
  5. The _____ is a 747 by Boeing.

Words for Vacations

Camp: Do you like to camp in the woods?
Destination: What is your final destination?

Excursion: I'd like to take an excursion to the wine country while we're in Tuscany.
Go camping: Let's go to the beach and go camping next weekend.
Go sightseeing: Did you go sightseeing while you were in France?
Hostel: Staying in a youth hostel is a great way to save money on vacation.
Hotel: I'll book a hotel for two nights.

Journey: The journey will take four weeks and we'll visit four countries.
Luggage: Can you carry the luggage upstairs?
Motel: We stayed in a convenient motel on our way to Chicago.
Package holiday: I prefer to buy package holidays, so I don't have to worry about anything.
Passenger: The passenger felt ill during the voyage.
Route: Our route will take us through Germany and on to Poland.
Sightseeing: The sightseeing in this town is rather boring. Let's go shopping.
Suitcase: Let me unpack my suitcase and then we can go swimming.
Tour: Peter went on a tour of vineyard.
Tourism: Tourism is becoming an important industry in almost every country.
Tourist: Every May many tourists from around the world come to see the flower festival.
Travel: Travel is one of his favorite free time activities.
Travel agent: The travel agent found us a great deal.
Trip: The trip to New York was lovely and interesting.
Vacation: I'd love to take a nice long vacation on the beach.

Use a word from the list to fill in the blanks:

  1. Could I ask what your final _____ is?
  2. The _____ to Chicago was very interesting.
  3. I enjoy going _____ whenever I visit a new city that I don't know.
  4. It's best not to take too much _____ with you on your trip. The airline might lose it!
  1. Many _____ missed the flight to New York.
  2. Let's just stay at a cheap _____ along the highway.
  3. If you want to save money, take a hike and _____ in the mountains.
  4. Our _____ will take us past some of the most beautiful homes in Hollywood.
  5. I think that a _____ is one of the great ways to expand your imagination.
  6. I hope your _____ was pleasant.

Travel by Land

Bicycle: One of the best ways to see the countryside is to ride a bicycle.
Bike: We rode a bike from shop to shop.
Bus: You can catch a bus for Seattle at the bus station.
Bus station: The bus station is three blocks from here.
Car: You might want to rent a car when you go on vacation. 
Lane: Make sure to get into the left lane when you want to pass. 
MotorcycleRiding a motorcycle can be fun and exciting, but it's also dangerous.
Freeway: We'll have to take the freeway to Los Angeles.

Highway: The highway between the two cities is quite lovely.
Rail: Have you ever traveled by rail?
Go by rail: Going by rail offers the opportunity to get up and walk around as you travel.
Railway: The railway station is down this street. 
Road: There are three roads to Denver.
Main road: Take the main road into town and turn left at 5th Street. 
Taxi: I got in a taxi and went to the train station. 
Traffic: There's a lot of traffic today on the road!
Train: I like riding on trains. It's a very relaxing way to travel. 
Tube: You can take the tube in London. 
Underground: You can take the underground in many cities throughout Europe. 
Subway: You can take the subway in New York. 

Fill in the blanks with a target word:

  1. You should change _____ to pass this car.
  2. Let's take a _____ to get to the airport.
  3. I think the _____ is a great way to get around a big city.
  4. Have you ever ridden a _____? It must be fun.
  5. I think traveling by _____ is the best way to see the countryside. You can walk around, have dinner, and just watch the world go by.
  6. If you take the _____ road, you will get back to town.
  7. There's nothing like a _____ ride on a spring day to get in shape.
  8. How many _______ have you owned in your life?

Sea / Ocean

Boat: Have you ever piloted a boat?
Cruise: We will stop at three destinations during our cruise through the Mediterranean. 
Cruise ship: It's the most elegant cruise ship in the world!
Ferry: Ferries allow passengers to take their cars with them to their destination. 
Ocean: The Atlantic Ocean takes four days to cross.

Port: There are all kinds of commercial ships in the port. 
Sailboat: The sailboat requires nothing but the wind.
Sea: The sea is very calm today. 
Set sail: We set sail for the exotic island. 
Ship: Have you ever been a passenger on a ship?
Voyage: The voyage to the Bahamas took three days.

Find the right word to fill in the blanks:

  1. I'd love to take a fancy _____ and travel through the Bahamas. 
  2. It's hard to imagine that Japan is on the other side of this _____.
  3. You can catch a _____ and take your car to the island.
  4. We will _____ next June for the cruise of a lifetime!
  5. A _____ is the most environmentally friendly way to travel.
  6. Let's rent a _____ for the day and row around the lake.

Quiz Answers

By Air

  1. takes off / airport
  2. lands
  3. landing
  4. check-in
  5. plane


  1. destination
  2. trip / excursion
  3. sightseeing
  4. luggage
  5. passengers
  6. motel
  7. camp
  8. route
  9. vacation
  10. trip / vacation / excursion / journey

By Land

  1. lane
  2. taxi
  3. tube / subway / underground 
  4. motorcycle / bicycle / bike
  5. rail / train
  6. main
  7. bicycle / bike 
  8. cars / motorcycles / bicycles / bikes 

By Sea

  1. cruise ship / cruise
  2. ocean
  3. ferry
  4. set sail
  5. sailboat
  6. boat