Talking About Travel In IELTS

(Last Updated On: November 30, 2017)

In this post, I will try to give some of the common vocabularies to talk about travel in IELTS exam. First, read this sentences “I traveled from Bangalore to London via Dubai”. Similarly “I traveled from New Delhi to Moscow via Sharjah”. What is common in this sentences. It’s via.  Via means through. If you want to describe the airline carrier you traveled on you could say ” I traveled on Emirates Airline”.

If you want to describe your departure, you could say “we departed from Bangalore” or “I departed from New Delhi”. You could even say “We departed from India”. That means we could use depart with city or with a country. If you are talking about arrival you could say “we arrive at Heathrow Airport”. We will use proposition at if we are specifying the exact name of the airport. If you are not specifying airport name and if you just say city name or country name then use the preposition “in” instead of at. That means I arrived in Landon or I arrived in the UK.

Other vocabularies about Travel:

In British English, they say holiday whereas in American English we say vacation. So if some ask you about a holiday you took it does not mean that your traditional holiday. So do not start talking about any Chinese new year or anything like that. Holiday in British English is used to talk about travel on vacation. So you could say I’m going on vacation.

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Vocabularies About Travel Documents:

A document is a paper with some of the basic details about you. You need some documents to travel around the world. Passport given by the government is an example of a document. Passport is given by government with your photo and with your address. But if you are traveling inside of your country this document is not necessary, but if you are traveling outside of your country you need a document.You have to have it. Apart passport what are the other document required. You may need a boarding pass also. So you need a passport and boarding pass to travel outside of your country.

The money will be different in each country. Currency is the name used for specifying money in a country. So you could say American currency is a dollar. You need to check what currency you need to travel in a country. So if you are going to Italy you need Euro and if you are going to Canada you need Canadian dollar. So if you need someone else money you need to give some money. But it won’t be equal. There will be an exchange rate. This will determine how much money you will get for the money you have given.

Phrasal Verbs for Travel:

I wanted to tell What is a phrasal verb. When you see a verb and a preposition together, that’s a phrasal verb. If you want to know about preposition click here. A phrasal verb is very, very common in English conversation. Drop off is an example. What it means, It means you’re taking someone to a place and then you leave them there. An example is “We drop Ramu off at the airport”. Take off is the next one. Meaning of taking off is this is when the flight leaves the airport and flies away. You could say the plane takes off at 8.30 am in the morning.

The next one, check in and check out. This is very important if you are staying in a hotel or resort. Check-in means register at a reception of a resort or hotel. You could say I would like to check in. Check out is just opposite of check-in, this is when you leave the hotel and settled all your bills for your stay there.

The next one is set out, which means you start a road trip. It’s the begging of a journey. Finally pick up, which means that you get someone from a place and take them to another place.

Sample paragraph about travel:

I pick Ramu up in my car from the airport. It was just six weeks remaining before we started on our “Tour of Chembra peak Wayanad”. This is a 250 km ride. We decided to climb Chembra peak on our bicycles. We left after work on Friday. After dinner, we loaded the bicycles into the car and drove to Banasura Sagar dam. We prepped our bicycles for the ride. There are two roads to Chembra peak, one is from Vythiri, Which I have never done before. The other is via Kalpetta. It was decided that we will follow same routes. We discussed the plan over dinner and slept early. We woke up too early and we set out early to explore Wayanad, we stopped for tea, and rode along and stopped at the base of Chembra.

An advantage of a Long holiday:

One long holiday is much more beneficial to the individual than several short holidays. In my opinion, this is because we will get more chance to learn the culture other people. We can’t do this in short period of time. If I go to London for two days, I will visit some museum and parks and bridges. If I go to London for fifteen or twenty-five days, imagine we could explore much more. We could learn a lot, like local culture, food and other interest and hobbies. One month would be fantastic. So I would prefer long holidays than short holidays. It will be definitely a fun, then a number of several short holidays.

How Might Travel Change in the Future:

I think fuels become more Eco-friendly. An air travel especially long flight will have to make less of the carbon footprint in the future because I believe that the technologies will bring more powerful and Eco-friendly systems. Also in future, there might be flying cars and self-driving cars. You could definitely expect self-driving cars and other vehicles.


In this post, we discussed, how to use English grammar to talk about travels. We listed some of the common vocabularies related to travel. If you have any query regarding English grammar, feel free to command it.

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