Definition of travel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtrævl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrævl//
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the act or activity of travelling air/rail/space, etc. travel travel expenses The job involves a considerable amount of foreign travel. the travel industry travel sickness a travel bag/clock (= for use when travelling) The pass allows unlimited travel on all public transport in the city. Wordfinderbreak, camp, cruise, holiday, honeymoon, package tour, self-catering, tourist, travel, visa Wordfindercommute, departure, destination, excursion, expedition, itinerary, journey, pilgrimage, safari, travel Wordfindercabin crew, charter, flight path, in-flight, land, long-haul, plane, refuel, take-off, travel Wordfinderabroad, backpack, border, guide, passport, resort, sightseeing, tourist, travel, visa
  2. 2  travels [plural] time spent travelling, especially in foreign countries and for pleasure The novel is based on his travels in India. When are you off on your travels (= going travelling)? CollocationsTravel and tourismHolidays/​vacations have/​take (British English) a holiday/(North American English) a vacation/​a break/​a day off/(British English) a gap year go on/​be on holiday/​vacation/​leave/​honeymoon/​safari/​a trip/​a tour/​a cruise/​a pilgrimage go backpacking/​camping/​hitchhiking/​sightseeing plan a trip/​a holiday/​a vacation/​your itinerary book accommodation/​a hotel room/​a flight/​tickets have/​make/​cancel a reservation/(especially British English) booking rent a villa/(both British English) a holiday home/​a holiday cottage (especially British English) hire/ (especially North American English) rent a car/​bicycle/​moped stay in a hotel/​a bed and breakfast/​a youth hostel/​a villa/(both British English) a holiday home/​a caravan cost/​charge $100 a/​per night for a single/​double/​twin/​standard/(British English) en suite room check into/​out of a hotel/​a motel/​your room pack/​unpack your suitcase/​bags call/​order room service cancel/​cut short a trip/​holiday/​vacationForeign travel apply for/​get/​renew a/​your passport take out/​buy/​get travel insurance catch/​miss your plane/​train/​ferry/​connecting flight fly (in)/travel in business/​economy class make/​have a brief/​two-day/​twelve-hour stopover/(North American English also) layover in Hong Kong experience/​cause/​lead to delays check (in)/collect/​get/​lose (your) (especially British English) luggage/(especially North American English) baggage be charged for/​pay excess baggage board/​get on/​leave/​get off the aircraft/​plane/​ship/​ferry taxi down/​leave/​approach/​hit/​overshoot the runway experience/​hit/​encounter severe turbulence suffer from/​recover from/​get over your jet lag/​travel sicknessThe tourist industry attract/​draw/​bring tourists/​visitors encourage/​promote/​hurt tourism promote/​develop ecotourism build/​develop/​visit a tourist/​holiday/(especially British English) seaside/​beach/​ski resort work for/​be operated by a major hotel chain be served by/​compete with low-cost/(especially North American English) low-fare/​budget airlines book something through/​make a booking through/​use a travel agent contact/​check with your travel agent/​tour operator book/​be on/​go on a package deal/​holiday/​tour buy/​bring back (tacky/​overpriced) souvenirs
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: a variant of travail, and originally in the same sense.Extra examples The bus is their preferred mode of travel. The job involves frequent travel. The new bypass will reduce travel time to the airport. The party needs to set out a clear direction of travel for health care. The price includes return rail travel from London Victoria to Dover. The price includes travel from Bangkok to Phuket. an online travel agent the holiday travel season Continued fighting makes travel in the area dangerous. Do you suffer from travel sickness? Expenditure on business travel was reduced. Her interests include music and foreign travel. I always pack a travel alarm. She works in the travel industry. Your travel expenses will be paid by the firm. a travel guide/​writer air/​rail/​space travel travel insurance/​documents
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