Confusing Words: Journey, Travel, and Trip

I’m planning a travel to the US.

I’m planning to travel to the US.

I’m planning a trip to the US

Why is the first sentence incorrect? Why is to travel and a trip correct in the second and third sentence?

For today’s lesson you’re going to learn some confusing words: JOURNEY, TRAVEL, and TRIP and at the end of the lesson I’m going to give you a series of quizzes related to this lesson. So let’s have a look at these examples:


• He was planning for a four-week trip to Indonesia.

• They went on a trip to Africa.

We use JOURNEY as a noun, meaning a trip (a long distance trip) from one place to another; an expedition.


• How often do you travel abroad?

• The train was  travelling at about 100 miles an hour.

We use TRAVEL as a verb to mean to go from one place to another on a trip, usually over a long distance.


• I met my husband on a trip to Bali.

• Alejandro had to make a number of business trips to New York.

We use TRIP as a noun, meaning a travel from one place to another, usually for business or pleasure.

TRIP over

• He tripped over the child.

• I tripped over the kerb and broke my nose.

TRIP over is a verb (phrasal verb), meaning to fall because you hit an obstacle.

Check out this video lesson from Espresso English.


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