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2006.07.24(Review of 2002.04.15 edition)


A few weeks back, we took to the road to celebrate the warmer weather. Now, with schools letting out and the Obon holidays approaching, talk of travel is being heard everywhere. Chances are, you'll be going away this summer as well. So here are a few expressions to help you talk about your adventures when you return. Bon voyage!

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(TAKE A) TRIP vs. TRAVEL   旅行(する) vs. 旅行する


  • A trip (noun) is the act of going from one place to another.

    To take a trip or to travel (verb) is to go from one place to another.

    Be Careful[1]! The expression take a trip is often used when the distance or length of time you are gone is relatively short. Travel is often used when the distance is long or when you go to several places.

    Be Careful[2]! We do NOT usually use the word travel as a noun to talk about a particular trip. For example, ask “How was your trip?”, NOT “How was your travel?”
  • trip は、ある場所から別の場所へ行く行為を表す名詞、つまり、旅行、という意味です。

    take a trip または travel は、ある場所から別の場所へ行くことを表す動詞、つまり、旅行する、という意味です。

    注意[1]:take a trip は、比較的近場や期間が短いときによく使います。travel は、遠くへ行ったり、周遊したりするときに使います。

    注意[2]:普通、ある特定の「旅行」(名詞)について話すとき、travel は使いません。例えば、How was your trip? とは言いますが、How was your travel? とは言いません。


  1. You must be looking forward to your trip to Okinawa.
  2. a: How was your business trip?
    b: Great! We got the contract, and I was even able to do some sightseeing.
  3. Are you taking a trip anywhere this summer?
  4. The airports are extremely crowded during Golden Week and Obon because so many people travel abroad at those times of year.
  5. I have to travel a lot on business.
  6. Many college students travel around Europe for a few weeks after graduation.

英会話レッスンHappy trails to you!