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Travelling Vocabulary Words

Whether you are going on a short holiday for a few days or planning to travel around various countries for a few months, having a basic understanding of the vocabulary and phrases you might need to use for communication is quite important.

Travelling Vocabulary Words


Suitcase: a case with a handle and hinged lid, used for carrying clothes and other personal possessions.

Backpack (US), Rucksack (UK): a bag with shoulder straps that allow it to be carried on one’s back.

Currency: a system of money in general use in a particular country.

Appropriate Clothing: suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person or occasion.

Seasonal: relating to a particular season of the year (Autumn, Winter, Spring or Summer).

Swimwear, Bikini: clothing worn for swimming (bikinis are specifically for women).

Fanny Pack (US), Bum Bag (UK): a small bag used to safely store small valuable items when on holiday. This is usually worn around the waist and can be concealed under one’s clothing.

Travelling to Your Destination

Check-In: the act of reporting one’s presence and registering, typically at an airport or hotel.

Departure Gate: gate where passengers embark.

Airport Terminal: this is a building at an airport, where passengers transfer between ground transportation and the facilities that allow them to board or disembark from an aircraft.

Departure Lounge: a seating area in an airport where passengers wait to board an aircraft or vehicle.

Duty-Free: Items available for purchase that are free of duty or tax charges in a particular country, generally sold at airports.

Ferry: a boat or ship for conveying passengers or goods, especially over a relatively short distance and as a regular service.

Take Off: (of an aircraft or bird) becoming airborne.

Board: to get on or into (a ship, aircraft or other vehicle).

Passport Check, Security Checkpoint: a barrier or manned entrance typically at a border of a country where travellers are subject to security checks.

Overweight: baggage weighing in excess of the allowed amount.

Destination: the place to which someone or something is going or being sent.

Window Seat: a seat positioned next to a window on a large vehicle or aircraft.

Aisle Seat: a seat positioned beside the walkway on a large vehicle or aircraft.

Arriving at Your Destination

Landing: an instance of coming or bringing something to land, either from the air or from water.

Customs: the place at a seaport, airport or frontier where officials check incoming goods, travellers or luggage.

Baggage Collection Point, Baggage Reclaim, Baggage Claim Area: an area where arriving passengers claim checked-in baggage after disembarking from an airline flight.

Nothing to Declare: exiting the airport at a gate where you state that you do not have any goods where duty is payable or that need checking whether entry into the country is permitted.

Credit Card: a small plastic card provided by a bank or company which gives you access to money that you will need to pay back within an agreed time limit.

Debit Card: a small plastic card provided by your bank which gives you access to money that you already have in your bank account.

Porter: a member of staff in a hotel who assists guests with carrying their luggage.

Alarm: something to help you wake up at an appropriate time, this could be a sound notification on your smartphone or a telephone call from staff if you are staying in a hotel.

Room Service: requesting food, drinks or other services to be delivered to your hotel room.

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