Travel vocabulary

Here are some English words you can use when talking about travel. We give the word, part of speech, meaning (definition), and example sentence.

travel (noun): the action of going from one place to another place, usually over some distance – My job involves a lot of travel.
travel (verb): go from one place to another – Most people love to travel abroad.
traveller (noun): a person travelling – Most of the travellers had return tickets.

Note these differences in spelling:
British English: traveller, travelling
American English: traveler, traveling

aeroplane, plane (noun): a vehicle with two wings that is used for air travel – I looked up at the sky and saw an aeroplane. | There were two planes ahead of us on the runway.

airport (noun): the place where planes take off and land – We went to the airport to catch our plane.

aisle (noun): the passage between rows of seats on planes, buses and trains – The flight attendant was walking down the aisle.

backpack (noun): a bag carried on the back, often used by travellers to hold their belongings – I packed all my essentials in a backpack for the hiking trip.

baggage (noun): the collective word for all your bags, suitcases etc. – We had to take a large taxi because we had a lot of baggage with us.

board (verb): to get on a plane, train, bus etc. – I boarded the train and then I tried to find my seat.

boarding pass (noun): a ticket that you must have to get on a plane – Before I could board the plane, I had to show my boarding pass.

cabin (noun): the main part of a plane where all the passengers sit – The pilot came out of the cockpit and walk down the cabin to the back of the plane.

cabin crew (noun): the people who work in the cabin of a plane – The cabin crew welcomed us onto the plane.

check in (verb): show your passport and confirm your presence at an airport or hotel – We can’t check in to the hotel until 2:30.

check out (verb): pay your bill at a hotel before you leave – I forgot to hand in my room key when I checked out.

cockpit (noun): the place where the pilot sits to fly a plane – Most cockpits have room for pilot, co-pilot, and sometimes navigator.

cruise (noun): a trip on a ship for pleasure, often with stops at different ports – We went on a relaxing cruise around the Mediterranean Sea.

currency (noun): the money used in a particular country – I exchanged my currency for the local currency before travelling.

customs (noun): a place at an airport or port where tax officials check goods, travellers and luggage – After collecting our luggage, we had to go through customs.

destination (noun): the place to which someone is going or planning to visit – Our destination for this vacation is a beautiful beach resort.

disembark (verb): leave a ship, aircraft or train – The door was opened and the passengers began to disembark.

guidebook (noun): a book that provides information about a place and helps travellers navigate – I bought a guidebook to learn more about the city’s attractions.

hostel (noun): a place that provides affordable accommodation for travellers – When we visited Rome, we stayed in a hostel.

hotel (noun): a place that provides accommodation for travellers – We stayed in a 3-star hotel in the centre of Paris.

itinerary (noun): a plan or schedule of activities and destinations for a trip – Our travel agent provided us with a detailed itinerary for our tour.

land (verb): (of a plane) to return to the ground at the end of a flight – Our flight landed at midnight and we were glad to arrive on time.

landing (noun): the process in which a plane returns from the air to the ground – The flight attendant asked me to return to my seat to prepare for landing.

luggage (noun): the collective word for all your bags, suitcases etc. when travelling –  We had a lot of luggage with us.

map (noun): a visual representation of an area, showing roads, landmarks, and directions – We used a map to find our way around the unfamiliar city.

passenger (noun): a person travelling in a vehicle such as car, bus, train, plane (but not the driver, pilot or crew) – There were 300 passengers on our plane.

passport (noun): a document that proves your citizenship of a country – When I checked in at the airport, I had to show my passport.

pilot (noun): a person who flies a plane – The pilot landed the plane successfully, despite the terrible weather conditions.

plane (noun): see aeroplane

runway (noun): the place where planes take off and land – There were several planes on the runway waiting to take off.

seatbelt (noun): a belt that you wear for safety when travelling in a car or plane – The flight attendant made sure we were wearing our seatbelts.

station (noun): the place where you go to catch a train – We arrived at the station just in time to catch our train.

suitcase (noun): a container with a handle that is used for carrying personal belongings when travelling – I packed all my clothes in my suitcase.

take-off (noun): the process in which a plane leaves the ground – We were told to remain in our seats during take-off.

take off (verb): (of a plane) leave the ground – As the plane took off, the houses below became smaller.

ticket (noun): something that shows you have paid for a journey on a plane, train, bus etc. – The ticket inspector asked to see my ticket on the train.

tourist (noun): a person who travels to a different place for pleasure – The city is filled with tourists during the holiday season.

turbulence (noun): violent movement of a plane in flight caused by bad weather conditions – There was a lot of turbulence during the flight and many of the passengers were scared.