English Grammar Guide

Commonly Confused words

Travel, Trip, Journey and Voyage

The words 'travel', 'journey', 'trip' and 'voyage' are often confused, but have different meanings and uses.


'Travel' is used as both a verb and a noun.

Verb:   'To travel', means to go from one place to another.

  • Last year I travelled to China on my holidays.

  • When I visit Rome, I always travel by car.

  • Light travels faster than sound.

Noun: 'Travel' refers to the activity of travelling in general. Travel is usually uncountable. It is sometimes used in a plural form in spoken English, when it means a long tour in which several places are visited, or refers in general to the travelling that a person has done.

  • I am interested in travel.

  • I have met many interesting people on my travels.

  • Is he back from his travels yet?


Journey is a countable noun. A journey is 'one piece of travelling'.

  • We went on a journey to India last year.

  • Did you have a good journey? (Not: Did you have a good travel?)


'Trip' is a countable noun and refers to a return journey (to, and back from, a place). It usually refers to a journey which takes a short time, or covers a short distance. It can also be used with an adjective to describe the type of trip.

  • We went on a day-trip to Venice. (We went to Venice and returned home the same day.)

  • He is on a business trip.

A voyage

'Voyage' is a countable noun, used to describe a long sea journey, but it is also sometimes used to describe journeys in space.

  • The Titanic sunk on its maiden voyage.

  • Columbus set out on his Voyage to America in 1492.