Advanced Travel Vocabulary in English with Real-Life Stories

Oana Iscru | Communication Trainer – English & Romanian


Advanced Travel Vocabulary in English
with Real-Life Stories

Everybody loves traveling! I would like to share some advanced travel vocabulary in English so you can tell your own travel stories more easily.

Below you can find 3 different stories encapsulating highlighted useful vocabulary and groups of words that often go together or collocations.

Sharon’s Travel Story: A Staycation on a Tight Budget

When I was younger, I had a real sense of adventure. I loved backpacking, camping in the woods, sleeping in tents and spending the evening next to the campfire. As a child, I remember trying to build a fire from scratch by rubbing two sticks together. I think my entire family laughed while I worked at it for an hour. Unfortunately, I never succeeded.

But I do have such good memories of camping and hiking with my family. Every summer my parents would pack up the kids and the dog into the car, pack all our outdoor gear on the roof of the car and fill coolers full of food.

My mom would pack all the usual stuff: trail mix, fruit, marshmallows to roast over the fire, stuff to make sandwiches, etc. We’d take a road trip to the mountains in Colorado, find our spot to set up camp and pitch our tents near the river. I loved listening to the sound of the river at night!

I haven’t camped for years! Neither David nor I can take that much time off of work. It makes me a little sad that Sophie, our daughter, won’t have those same memories.

But last year we did do something a little fun, a little different: we had a staycation. The two of us could only get 4 days off of work and we were on a tight budget. We hadn’t enjoyed everything the city has to offer for ages so we decided to just pretend to be on vacation here at home. We visited the museums, went to the theatre, we even took a day trip to the coast a few hours away for a day of sun, sand, and surf.

We have some wonderful photos (and memories) of our picnic dinner watching the sunset on the beach.

Lara’s Travel Story: Anything All-Inclusive

Ugh! I hate planning vacations. I mean, I do love traveling but I don’t want to think about it. All those little details – I can’t be bothered!

I prefer those all-inclusive kinds of vacations for a little R&R. You know, those places where all you do is show up and that’s it.

You have breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Activities, the beach, the pools, dancing. Sure, they usually cost a little more but if I don’t have to plan everything then it’s worth it. The only thing is you have to be careful of those hidden extras! I’ve definitely been surprised by the final bill a few times.

My fiancé and I are talking about an all-inclusive cruise for our honeymoon. It sounds amazing but I’ve never been on a ship for that long.

I’m a little nervous about seasickness I do love the idea of island-hopping. Plus the ship has a ton of amenities with its multiple pools, fitness centres, and restaurants. What I need to figure out is what to pack for a cruise. I’m actually terrible about over packing.

Jean-Luc’s Travel Story: Exotic Adventure

I’m always dreaming of my next far-off, exotic destination. I’ll go anywhere as long as it’s adventurous.

Last year I chartered a boat with a friend to sail around the Greek Islands. In the afternoons, we’d pull into ports, dive into the water, enjoy dinner on the beach and then head back to the boat for the night. On really warm nights we actually sleep right on the deck under the stars.

What’s next? I don’t know. Maybe Colombia, Peru, or Chile? I’ve never been to South America and I love the idea of spending time in the Andes Mountains. Hiking in the middle of nowhere, you know what I mean?

Those kinds of places give you such a better perspective on life. It’s easy to forget we’re all just a tiny piece of this earth.

Or maybe Thailand? That’s another of my bucket list destinations.