Trip and Travel
These words, when used to describe journeys or voyages, are basically synonyms, but there are some differences in their connotations and grammar.
Trip is a count noun, and it is also a verb meaning “to fall over.” A trip could be a short or long distance, and it could take a short or long time. We use it to talk about the whole voyage or journey. We usually use it with the verbs plan, take, or go on.
- I planned a trip to Egypt to see the pyramids. (emphasizing the whole time away or the complete voyage)
- I took many trips in Vancouver: I went to Whistler, Deep Cove, and Stanley Park. (emphasizing the number of adventures)
- She went on a trip last week, so she wasn’t in school.
Travel is usually a non-count noun and a verb with a similar meaning. In contrast, however, it is always a long time and a long distance.
- Last year, I traveled to 6 countries.
- My travel took three months.
If we use it to describe a short journey, we are comparing it to a long journey. This might be a joke, or to show how unhappy we are with it.
- I have to travel to Kitsilano every day from Granville Street. I hate my homestay!
- Please bring me the remote control. I am sick, and I don’t want to travel to the other sofa to get it.