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Travel English Phrases You’ll Need for Your Next Trip

English is essential for communication in most countries.

Wherever you are going, you need to have a good grasp of the basics of the language to get around and communicate at the airport, hotel and everywhere in between.

This post has dozens of travel English phrases to help you navigate any foreign country. Learn what they mean and how you can use them! 

At the Airport

On the airplane, arriving at your destination, riding public transportation, at the hotel, at a restaurant, sightseeing, emergencies, and one more thing....

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Excuse me, how do I… ?

If you are flying for the first time, you will need information on how to:

  • Check in. When you check in , you are letting the airline know you have arrived. If the person you are talking to tells you to go to the check-in counter, you can follow up this question with “how do I get to the check-in counter?” to get directions. At the check-in counter, you present your ticket , a document that allows you to get your  boarding pass. The boarding pass, in turn, will allow you to board (ride) your airplane.
  • Board the airplane. If you are not sure about what you should do before you get on a plane and during your flight, you can ask the airline staff about this. 

Where is the… ?

You will likely ask for general directions to one or more of the following:

  • Information desk. As you can guess from the name, the information desk is where you can learn everything you need to know about getting around the airport. You can even ask for a map (a picture guide of the area) from them.
  • Gate. A gate is where you will enter to get to the airplane. It is also the place where you wait before boarding your flight. The gate is usually written on your boarding pass. 
  • Restroom. A restroom is a place where you take care of personal business like combing your hair, washing your face or using the toilet. Depending on the country you are visiting, this room may also be called a bathroom , washroom, comfort room, loo or toilet .
  • Charging station. If your phone has low or no battery, these places can get your device’s battery up to 100 percent again. 
  • Restaurant. If you feel hungry while waiting for your flight, you can visit a restaurant where you can eat in the meantime. 

How do I get to… ?

Although they both seem to ask for directions, there is a slight difference between “where is the… ?” and “how do I get to… ?”

“Where is the… ?” will get you a general answer like “(The place you want to go to) is at Building A.”

Meanwhile, “how do I get to… ?” asks for specific directions, so the person you are talking to will reply with “From here, you turn left, and when you see this sign, turn right…” and so on. 

What time is my flight?

Often, it may not be clear what time your specific flight is—in which case, this question will be useful.

What items am I allowed to bring on board?

Airlines usually have rules on what you can and cannot take into the airplane. 

How much luggage am I allowed to carry on?

Your  luggage includes all the bags you are bringing with you for the flight. Airlines often have limits on how much and how heavy your luggage should be.

Are meals included?

A  meal is a collection of food served at one time. Not all airlines provide meals, so it may be good to ask if you will get these before you board.


Excuse me, can you please help me put my luggage away?

Airplanes have baggage  compartments or closed spaces above each of the seats. You can ask the  flight attendant, an airplane employee in uniform who is usually female, to help you put your luggage in its compartment. 

Can I please change my seat?

Once you get on the plane, you may want to change your seat because other seats are more comfortable, have a better view, etc.

How much does… cost?

You can ask about the cost of anything you want to buy like the following:

  • water bottle
  • snack (a small meal)

I would like… , please.

This phrase is the standard and polite way to ask for something that is usually free or something you do not have to pay for. For example, if you are thirsty, you might say “I would like a glass of water, please.”

Does my seat have… ?

For example, if you want a device to return your phone’s battery charge at or above acceptable levels, you can say “does my seat have a charging port ?” And if you want to move the seat back so you can lie down, say “does my seat have a  recline button ?”

Excuse me, I need to…

There are a few things you can ask permission for on a plane. You can say “Excuse me, I need to…”

  • Get out of my seat
  • Use the restroom
  • Move my luggage

What time is it?

This is a standard question for figuring out what time of the day it is. It is useful when you are flying over different time zones and when the plane finally lands.

For more vocabulary and phrases related to air travel, take a look at this post—it’s aimed at flight attendants, but you’ll learn a thing or two as well! 

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Once you are at your destination (the place you are visiting), some of the useful phrases you can use are the following. 

Just like at the airport when you first arrived, “Where is the… ?” and “How do I get to… ?” are useful phrases when you are at your destination.

Some of the places where you might need directions are:

  • Baggage claim area. Remember when you checked in your luggage? This is the place where you claim or get it.
  • Currency exchange. A currency exchange is a place where you take the money you use in your own country and get it changed to the money used at your destination.
  • Bus stop. Finding a bus stop will be especially helpful if you want to find a cheap way to get around. Asking “where is this bus going?” can also help you know if you are riding the right bus.
  • Taxi / Taxi stand. No bus? Take a taxi instead, which is also called a cab in some places. You can usually find a group of taxis at  taxi stands.
  • Hotel. Of course, you should provide the name of your specific hotel. 
  • Immigration or customs. Immigration or customs is the place where you have to explain why you came to a country and tell officers what your intentions are. 

Sorry, I do not understand what you are saying.

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I have items to declare. 

Aside from explaining why you are in a certain country, you also have to  declare (make a formal or official statement on) the items that you may need to pay duties  (taxes on items from another country) for.

If you do not have such items, you can simply say “I have nothing to declare.”

I have a connecting flight.

This is how you say you will board another plane to go somewhere else.

I am traveling for…

Depending on why you came to the country, you can say you are traveling for:

  • Leisure. Say this if you are traveling because you are on vacation.
  • Work. Say this if you are traveling because your company asked you to .
  • Family. If you are traveling because you are visiting relatives, let the customs officer know.

I will be here for… days.

You will need to provide the number of days you will be staying in the country, like “I will be here for 90 days.”

If you have it, you can also show your visa , a document that proves you are allowed to enter the country for a certain purpose within a certain period. 

I am staying at…

The customs officer may ask you where you will be sleeping. You can say “I am staying at (the name of your hotel)” or “I am staying at (the address of your family or friend in the country).”

Check out more airport vocabulary here .


Now that you have arrived, you need to know how to get around. Here are some useful phrases you can use whether you are riding a bus, train or any other form of public transportation.

Does this go to… ?

Before you get on a bus or train, ask whether it is going to the place you want to go. If the driver says no, you can ask “how do I get to… ?” and take note of the directions they give you.

How long does it take to get to… ?

Here, you are asking how many minutes, hours, etc. it will take for the vehicle to get to your destination. 

How much is the fare?

The  fare is the price of riding your public transport.

“Do you accept… ?”

End this question with a mode of payment , which includes cash and cards . 

Excuse me, is this seat taken?

This phrase is useful if you see someone with an empty seat beside or near them, but you want to be 100% sure they do not have a companion. 

I missed my stop. Can you please let me know when we are at the next one?

In an ideal world, traveling would go smoothly. But sometimes, things like not being able to get off at your stop happen! Luckily, you can use this phrase to  get you out of a pickle (get you out of trouble). 


Of course, if you are staying with friends and family, you can skip this section. But if you will stay at a hotel, keep the following phrases in mind.

Greetings! I have a reservation under the name of…

End the phrase with your full name or the name you used to make your reservation. 

When you get to your hotel, go to the front desk.  It is easy to find because that is usually where you will first meet the hotel’s employees. Also, that is where the other guests will probably be!

You want to confirm that you have a  reservation first—that is, proof that you have a room at the hotel where you are staying. Otherwise, you have to look for somewhere else to stay.

What is included in my reservation?

This question asks what services you have already paid for. Of course, there is your room, but you may also want to check for other things like breakfast, pool, spa, etc.

What time is check-in / check-out?

Since you will not be staying at the hotel all the time, you will want to know what time you can  check in and  check out.  

Check in means the time you will be allowed to enter your room, while  check out means the time you should leave your room. 

Does the room have a… ?

You may also want to know about your room’s  amenities (things to help make your stay more convenient and comfortable). For example:

  • Bathroom / restroom. Again, the correct term for this place depends on where you are.
  • Refrigerator / fridge. A refrigerator or “fridge” is a place to keep your food and drinks cold. Keep in mind that you may have to pay extra for any food or drinks you take out of hotel refrigerators.
  • Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is simply a wireless internet connection. You should probably also ask for the Wi-Fi password. ( “What is the Wi-Fi password?” )
  • Air conditioner. An air conditioner is a piece of equipment that cools a room.

How many beds are in the room?

This question will help you know if there is enough space to sleep for the number of people in your hotel room.

What floor am I on?

A  floor in this situation refers to the level of the hotel.

If you are on a high floor (like the 30th, for example), you may want to use the elevator , the device that lifts and lowers you between floors of the hotel, to help you get to your room.

My room needs…

Most of the time, housekeeping (the people who clean the room) will make sure you have everything you need. Should they forget, you can say “My room needs…” and finish with:

  • Towels. Towels are soft, thick materials you use to dry yourself after taking a bath.
  • Toilet paper. Toilet paper are thin white sheets rolled up on tubes. They help you wipe yourself in the bathroom. 
  • Bedsheets. “Bedsheets” is a term that includes pillowcases, blankets and all the other pieces of cloth that cover your bed.

Could I please have room service ?

As a guest, you can request services by saying “Could I please have… ?” For example, you can request room service , where someone will come up to your room to deliver food, drinks and other things you may need.

Where is the best… around here and how do I get there?

Since the hotel employees are locals, they will probably know the area more than you do.

Before you check out of your hotel, you can use this phrase and replace “…” with:

  • Grocery store. Grocery stores are places where you can buy most types of items.
  • Hospital. If you or someone you are traveling with gets sick or injured, you need to know where to go.
  • Bank. If you run out of money, you may need to go by a bank to get more.
  • Restaurant. Make sure you ask for a restaurant that offers local cuisine or food. 


A table for two, please.

The number indicates how many people will be eating with you at the restaurant. It does not have to be just two: it can be any number of people with and including you. 

I would like to drink…

Finish this phrase with the name of the drink you want. Popular drinks are:

  • soda pop (carbonated sweet drinks) 

May I see a menu? 

A  menu will help you decide what you want to eat. 

I would like to order, please.

Once you have decided what to eat and drink, raise your hand and wait for a waiter to come to your table. Then, say this phrase to indicate that you are ready to order or ask questions about the food. 

Could you recommend any popular dishes?

This is a good question to ask if you are not sure what to order.

May I ask if you have dishes that are… ?

You may prefer certain foods to others for personal reasons. For example, you can finish the question with any of the following:

  • Vegetarian / Vegan When you say that dishes are vegetarian , that means they are mostly made of plant-based ingredients. When you say they are vegan , it means they do not have any animal ingredients (even eggs or milk!) at all.
  • Halal. If you are a Muslim, you want to make sure that what you eat does not go against the laws of your religion. You may need to explain what ingredients make a food halal  or  haram , though.

Can you tell me about any potential allergens in this dish?

Allergens are ingredients in your food that can cause you to have a negative reaction. It may be a good idea to ask about these before you order a dish. The last thing you want is to not enjoy your meal because you got sick!

Can I please have… ?

Fill in the blank with an item off of the menu or one of these items:

  • Appetizer. An appetizer is a small dish you eat before the main course (meal).
  • Soup. Soup is a common way to start meals. 
  • Salad. If it is too warm for soup, try a salad!
  • Dessert. A dessert is a sweet dish you eat after the main course.
  • A glass of water. If you are not interested in any particular drinks, a glass of water is always a good option. 
  • Extra sauce / salt / spice. If you think your dish could use a little more sauce, salt or spice, you can ask if you can have more. 

Can I ask for a refill?

The word  refill comes from the prefix  re- (which usually means “to repeat”) and  fill . If your glass of water is empty and you want more, you can ask for a  refill so your empty glass will have water again. 

May I have the bill? 

The  bill  indicates how much you have to pay after you eat the meal. Make sure to ask for this. In some restaurants, the waiters will not bring it to your table unless you ask.

If you want more useful English phrases to use in restaurants, check out this post on ordering food in English .


Of course, your trip would not be complete without souvenirs or items you buy to remember the place you visited! To make the most of your visits to shops, here are a few phrases to keep on hand.

Excuse me, where can I find… ?

Finish the question with what you are looking for.

Excuse me, how much is this?

This is a standard phrase for asking the price or cost of items.

Do you offer discounts?

When you ask for  discounts , you are asking if the item comes at a lower price. Usually, the discount is shown in percentages (%). For example, if an item is $10 and there is a 50% discount on it, the final price would be $5. 

Do you have a sale?

Another way to save money is to watch out for sales or events when you can buy items for much lower than their original cost.

Does this come in a bigger / smaller size?

If you are buying clothes, you may not be able to find something that fits you. In that case, use this phrase to check if they have your size. You can also ask “can I try this on?” to make sure the piece of clothing really fits!

What is your return and exchange policy?

Sometimes, you end up buying an item that you do not like or has defects (something wrong with it). A  return and exchange policy allows you to either return (give back) the item to the store or  exchange (switch or change) it with a similar one. 

What forms of payment do you accept?

Here, you are asking if they accept cash, cards or any other form of payment you have on hand.

Can you recommend something similar to this?

If you find something you like  but not quite or you want more varieties (colors, sizes, etc.) of the same item, this is a good question to ask. 

For more shopping vocabulary you should know, go here .


Aside from the stores, you also want to check the sights and sounds of your destination! For those, here are the phrases you can use.

Where is the visitor information center?

The  visitor information center is where you can get everything you need to know about an area—maps, landmarks, restaurants, shops, etc. 

Excuse me, can you tell me what attractions I should check out around here?

There may be so many attractions in the area, you will not know where to start. This question can help you make your itinerary or travel plans for the day.

Are there any guided tours for this area?

Then again, you may not need to explore the area on your own. With a  tour guide , you can plan where you want to go, get information on each attraction and even some interesting tidbits (facts) about them!

Are there any rules and restrictions I should know?

As a visitor, the last thing you want is to get into trouble. You want to know what you should do (the rules) and what you should not do (the restrictions). 

Can you take a photo of me in front of… ?

A trip is not complete without pictures you can post on social media! There are times when you may want to take pictures of yourself in front of a site and that is where this phrase comes in. 

Are there any events or festivals around here?

If you want to enjoy the place the way the locals do, this is a question you should ask. 


Even with careful planning, you may encounter some problems with your travels. Here are some phrases to help you out if something bad happens.

I have lost my…

End this phrase with any  valuables (important items) you lose, such as:

  • Passport. If you lost your passport, you need to find an embassy or state organization that represents your home country in the place you are visiting. To ask for directions to the embassy, say “where is the embassy for… ?” and end the question with your country’s name in English.
  • Wallet. If someone stole your wallet or something else from you, you need to contact the local police , the organization responsible for dealing with crimes. In the United States, for example, you can call 911 on a phone.
  • Way. When you say you have lost your way , you mean you are not sure where you are and where you should go. If you have a destination in mind, you can say “how do I get to… ?” and end the question with where you want to go.

If something bad is happening to you, calling out this word will get people’s attention and—hopefully—get you the help you need.

I feel…

Sometimes, the people who come to help you may need more information about what you need help with. For example, you could say “I feel…”

  • Dizzy / Faint. Dizzy or faint means your head feels light, as though it is being turned around and around.
  • Sick. If you do not feel well in any way, you should say “I feel sick.”

If your body hurts, you can also say “I am in pain.”

With these travel English phrases, you should be able to get around most countries without much trouble.

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  • 29 Essential English Phrases for Traveling Abroad (and Connecting with People)


Traveling abroad can be an exciting and enriching experience, but it can also pose some challenges, especially if you’re not familiar with the local language.

English , being a widely spoken language around the world, can come to your rescue in various situations.

Whether you’re exploring a bustling city or relaxing on a tropical beach, knowing some essential English phrases can make your journey smoother and more enjoyable.

In this article, we’ll explore twenty-nine essential English phrases that will help you navigate through different aspects of your travel adventure.

I. Greeting and Introduction Phrases

When you’re traveling abroad, it’s always a good idea to start your interactions with a friendly greeting.

English phrases for greetings and introductions can help you establish a connection with the locals and make a positive impression. Here are some essential short travel phrases:

  • “Hello, how are you?” : A simple and versatile greeting that can be used in any situation.
  • “My name is [your name]. Nice to meet you!” : Introduce yourself and express friendliness when meeting new people during your travels.
  • “Excuse me, do you speak English?” : Useful for determining if someone can communicate with you in English.

II. Asking for Directions Phrases

Getting around in a new place can be a bit confusing, but asking for directions in English can greatly simplify the process. These phrases will help you find your way:

  • “Excuse me, where is the nearest [landmark/place]?” : Use this phrase to ask for directions to a specific location.
  • “How do I get to [destination]?” : When you need directions to a particular destination, this question will come in handy.
  • “Is it far from here?” : Use this phrase to determine the distance between your current location and the destination you’re seeking.

III. Ordering Food and Drinks Phrases

Exploring local cuisine is an integral part of traveling. Knowing English phrases for ordering food and drinks will enhance your dining experience:

  • “I would like to order [dish/drink].” : Use this phrase to express your food or drink preferences.
  • “Could you recommend a local specialty?” : Engage with the locals and get suggestions for authentic and delicious dishes.
  • “Is there a vegetarian/vegan option?” : If you have specific dietary requirements, this phrase will help you find suitable options.

IV. Shopping Phrases

Shopping is a fun activity while traveling, and these English phrases will assist you during your retail therapy:

  • “How much does this cost?” : Use this phrase when you want to inquire about the price of an item.
  • “Do you have this in a different color/size?” : If you’re looking for variations of a particular item, this question will be useful.
  • “Can I try this on?” : When shopping for clothes, this phrase allows you to check the fit before making a purchase.

V. Transportation Phrases

Navigating public transportation systems in a foreign country can be overwhelming, but these English phrases will help you communicate your transportation needs:

  • “Is this the right bus/train to [destination]?” : Use this phrase to confirm if you’re on the correct mode of transportation.
  • “When is the next bus/train?” : If you’re unsure about the departure times, this question will provide you with the necessary information.
  • “How do I get to [landmark/place] by [mode of transportation]?” : Use this phrase to ask for directions using a specific mode of transportation.

VI. Accommodation Phrases

When you’re staying in a hotel or any other accommodation during your travels, these English phrases will assist you:

  • “I have a reservation under [your name].” : Use this phrase when checking in at your accommodation.
  • “Is breakfast included?” : If you’re unsure about the meal arrangements, this question will clarify.
  • “Could you please provide extra towels/toiletries?” : If you need additional amenities, use this phrase to make your request.

VII. Emergency Phrases

While we hope you won’t encounter any emergencies during your trip, it’s crucial to know some English phrases to seek help when needed:

  • “I need help!”: Use this phrase to attract attention and seek assistance in emergency situations.
  • “Where is the nearest hospital/police station?” : If you require urgent medical attention or need to report a crime, this question will guide you.

VIII. Making Small Talk Phrases

Engaging in small talk with locals can help you learn more about the culture and create memorable connections. These phrases will assist you:

  • “What is the weather like today?” : A common conversation starter that can lead to further discussions.
  • “What are some popular attractions around here?” : Use this question to gather recommendations for places to visit.
  • “Tell me about local customs and traditions.” : Show interest in the local culture and encourage people to share their knowledge.

IX. Expressing Gratitude Phrases

Showing gratitude is essential when interacting with locals during your travels. These phrases will help you express your appreciation:

  • “Thank you very much!” : A simple phrase to convey your gratitude.
  • “I really appreciate your help.” : Use this sentence to express sincere appreciation for someone’s assistance.
  • “You’ve been very kind. Thank you!” : Express gratitude for someone’s kindness and hospitality.

X. Farewell Phrases

As your journey comes to an end, bid farewell to the people you’ve met along the way with these English phrases:

  • “It was lovely meeting you. Goodbye!” : Use this phrase to say goodbye to someone you’ve had a pleasant interaction with.
  • “Take care and have a safe journey!” : Show concern for the well-being of others as you part ways.
  • “Hope to see you again someday!” : Express the desire to meet again in the future and maintain a connection.

FAQs: Travel Phrases in English

What phrases to know when traveling abroad.

When traveling abroad, it’s helpful to know phrases such as “Hello,” “Thank you,” “Excuse me,” “Where is…?” “How much does it cost?” and “Can you help me?” These basic phrases will assist you in various situations during your travels.

What is the idiomatic expression for traveling?

An idiomatic expression for traveling is “hitting the road” or “going on a journey.” These expressions convey the idea of embarking on a trip or exploring new places.

How do you say I am traveling in different ways?

You can express “I am traveling” in different ways, such as “I’m on a trip,” “I’m going on vacation,” “I’m exploring new destinations,” or simply “I’m traveling.”

What are some useful vocabulary words related to travel?

Useful vocabulary words related to travel include “passport,” “boarding pass,” “luggage,” “airport,” “hotel,” “sightseeing,” “reservation,” “departure,” “arrival,” “tourist,” “currency,” “adventure,” and “itinerary.” These words are essential for discussing and understanding travel-related topics.

Why is it important to learn English phrases for traveling?

Learning English phrases for traveling can help you communicate with locals, navigate unfamiliar surroundings, and make your trip more enjoyable. It allows you to connect with people, seek assistance when needed, and explore the local culture with greater ease.

Can I use translation apps instead of learning English phrases?

While translation apps can be helpful, they may not always provide accurate translations or convey the nuances of the English language. Learning essential phrases will enable you to have more meaningful interactions and adapt to various situations effectively.

How can I practice and improve my English for traveling?

Practicing English phrases regularly before your trip and engaging in conversations with native English speakers or language exchange partners can help you improve your language skills. You can also listen to English podcasts or watch travel-related videos to familiarize yourself with the language.

Are there any online resources for learning English travel phrases?

Yes, there are several online resources available, such as language learning websites , mobile apps, and YouTube channels, that provide lessons and tutorials specifically tailored for learning English travel phrases. Some reputable platforms include Preply and FluentU .

What are some common mistakes to avoid when using English phrases abroad?

When using English phrases abroad, it’s essential to speak clearly and slowly, especially if English is not the locals’ first language. Avoid using complex or slang expressions that may be difficult to understand. Additionally, be respectful of cultural differences and adapt your communication style accordingly.

There you have it – phrases for travel lovers!

Learning essential English phrases for traveling abroad can significantly enhance your travel experience. From greetings and directions to ordering food and engaging in small talk, these phrases will help you navigate various situations and connect with locals.

Remember to practice these phrases before your trip and embrace the opportunity to communicate in English during your travels.

Now, get ready to embark on your adventure and enjoy the journey!

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The travel-related words below are the most important terms to know when talking about travel or taking vacations . Words are categorized into different sections depending on the type of travel. You'll find example sentences for each word to help provide context for learning, as well as a short quiz at the end to test your knowledge.

Air Travel Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

Airport : I went to the airport to catch a flight to San Francisco. Check in : Make sure to get to the airport two hours early to check in. Fly : I like to fly on the same airline to get mileage points. Land : The airplane will land in two hours. Landing : The landing took place during a storm. It was very scary! Plane : The plane is packed with 300 passengers. Take off : The airplane is scheduled to take off at 3:30 p.m.

Vacation Travel Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

Camp : Do you like to camp in the woods? Destination : What is your final destination? Excursion : I'd like to take an excursion to the wine country while we're in Tuscany. Go camping : Let's go to the beach and go camping next weekend. Go sightseeing : Did you go sightseeing while you were in France? Hostel : Staying in a youth hostel is a great way to save money on vacation. Hotel : I'll book a hotel for two nights. Journey : The journey will take four weeks and we'll visit four countries. Luggage : Can you carry the luggage upstairs? Motel : We stayed in a convenient motel on our way to Chicago. Package holiday : I prefer to buy package holidays , so I don't have to worry about anything. Passenger : The passenger felt ill during the voyage. Route : Our route will take us through Germany and on to Poland. Sightseeing : The sightseeing in this town is rather boring. Let's go shopping . Suitcase : Let me unpack my suitcase and then we can go swimming. Tour : Peter went on a tour of the vineyard. Tourism : Tourism is becoming an important industry in almost every country. Tourist : Every May, many tourists from around the world come to see the flower festival. Travel : Travel is one of his favorite free time activities. Travel agent : The travel agent found us a great deal. Trip : The trip to New York was lovely and interesting. Vacation : I'd love to take a nice long vacation on the beach.

Overland Travel Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

Bicycle : One of the best ways to see the countryside is to ride a bicycle. Bike : We rode a bike from shop to shop. Bus : You can catch a bus for Seattle at the bus station. Bus station : The bus station is three blocks from here. Car : You might want to rent a car when you go on vacation. Lane : Make sure to get into the left lane when you want to pass. Motorcycle : Riding a motorcycle can be fun and exciting, but it's also dangerous. Freeway : We'll have to take the freeway to Los Angeles. Highway : The highway between the two cities is quite lovely. Rail : Have you ever traveled by rail? Go by rail : Going by rail offers the opportunity to get up and walk around as you travel. Railway : The railway station is down this street. Road: There are three roads to Denver. Main road : Take the main road into town and turn left at 5th Street. Taxi : I got in a taxi and went to the train station. Traffic : There's a lot of traffic today on the road! Train : I like riding on trains. It's a very relaxing way to travel. Tube : You can take the tube in London. Underground : You can take the underground in many cities throughout Europe. Subway : You can take the subway in New York.

Sea / Ocean Travel Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

Boat: Have you ever piloted a boat? Cruise: We will stop at three destinations during our cruise through the Mediterranean. Cruise ship: It's the most elegant cruise ship in the world! Ferry: Ferries allow passengers to take their cars with them to their destination. Ocean: The Atlantic Ocean takes four days to cross. Port: There are all kinds of commercial ships in the port. Sailboat: The sailboat requires nothing but the wind. Sea: The sea is very calm today. Set sail: We set sail for the exotic island. Ship: Have you ever been a passenger on a ship? Voyage: The voyage to the Bahamas took three days.

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500 Words Essay On Travelling

Many people travel for different purposes. Whether it is for a business trip or a holiday trip, we see people travelling often. Some people prefer a hilly area for travelling while the others like travelling to places with beaches. In this travelling essay, we will look at the importance of travelling and how it has changed ever since the old times.

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Importance of Travelling Essay

While the reasons for travelling are many, we must not forget that it can be a refreshing experience. Travelling is an experience that can teach us so many things that you cannot possibly learn while living at home.

Firstly, it teaches you how to make new friends . The world is full of people who love interacting. You get to make friends when you travel to new places and spend quality time with them.

Moreover, it also helps you enhance your social skills. After that, travelling is great for learning new skills. For instance, going to mountain regions teaches you how to trek. Similarly, going to beaches helps you learn scuba diving or surfing.

You can also enjoy the beauty of nature when you travel. Similarly, you get to explore nature like never before and find discover the earth’s beauty. Travelling also helps us understand people.

After you spend time at a new place, you interact with the local people of the place. You learn so much about them and their culture. It makes you more open-minded and be mindful of the culture and beliefs of different people.

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Travelling: Then vs. Now

Travelling has changed significantly thanks to technology. In the earlier days, it was not easy to travel. Travelling on foot or on animals was the only option back then. Ships were also an option but they were too risky.

Further, people use bullocks and horse carts and even camels to travel. Sled was an option for people travelling to snow-covered regions. Moreover, it was a hassle to travel even to a short distance as it consumed too much time.

However, with the changing times and revolutionary technology , travelling has become one of the easiest things to do. There are so many new ways and means to travel that the travel game has changed drastically.

We can board a variety of vehicles now to travel such as bus, train, truck, aeroplane, submarine, hovercraft, and more. You can reach a place far away within no time thanks to all these transport options.

Further, there are no barriers now. You can use online maps and translators when travelling to a different city or country to help you. Cab service and food service is readily available too. Thus, travelling is very easy now thanks to technology.

Conclusion of Travelling Essay

All in all, travelling can be a fun and learning experience for everyone now. Moreover, with technology, you can travel to any corner of the world without having to worry about barriers of language, distance, and more. Everyone must travel at least once in their life to enjoy an unforgettable experience.

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Question 1: Why is travelling important?

Answer 1: Travelling is important as it teaches us a lot of things. You can learn new skills, new languages, new cultures. Moreover, you get to make new friends and try out new foods when you travel to a new place. It can be a real learning experience for all.

Question 2: How is travelling different now?

Answer 2: Travelling has changed drastically thanks to technology. Earlier, people had to take animals to travel to a new place and it would be time-consuming. Now, there are many transport options available that help you reach within no time. Further, the internet has made travelling easier by offering maps, translation apps, food services, cab services, etc. available at our fingertips.

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Master Key English for Travel Phrases Before You Go

If you don’t already speak basic English, you’re at a serious disadvantage. Fortunately, learning key English for travel phrases and sentences will help you to get by while on your trip. Start your English crash course by reviewing some of the different situations you might find yourself in during your travels. Even simply memorizing a few rudimentary phrases should allow you to get the most out of your trip overseas.

English for travel through the airport

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Arriving in a Foreign Country

After months of preparation, your plane has finally landed overseas…now what?

First, you’ll need to pass through customs . This is where you will answer questions about your vacation plans and speak to immigration officials. Your conversation may include the following important questions:

  • Where is your final destination?
  • What is the reason for your visit?
  • Did you pack your own bags?

Get familiar with the process beforehand and you’ll be in great shape by the time you arrive at the airport.

After clearing customs, you’ll be ready to start exploring!

Getting Around Town

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Get around town without any problem by mastering transportation phrases!

You’ll likely use public transportation options to travel to and from your end destination, such as the subway or the bus system. In other cases, you may be walking and need help reaching your final destination. Either way, you’ll need to pick up some simple questions you’ll use to get directions, buy tickets, and make your way around.

I would like to go to “X”.

If you can tell people where you’d like to go, you should find your way with a little luck. Even if you don’t understand anything else, this phrase will help you direct your taxicab drivers, speak to workers at the train station, and get rudimentary advice from people you meet on the street. Simply substitute your destination for “X.”For example, “I would like to go to the Eiffel Tower.” or “I would like to go to the Houses of Parliament.”

Where is the bus stop/taxi stand/train station?

A question that starts with where is can easily be substituted for the suggestion above, “I would like to go…” If you ask someone for help reaching a specific place, they can point you in the right direction.

Other words you might want to learn include:

  • supermarket
  • currency exchange

General Conversations

From the security officer at the airport to the hotel clerk where you’re staying, you will need to speak with various people in English during your voyage. Your interactions might cover any number of different topics, of course, but use these English for travel phrases to work your way through a basic conversation.

Do you speak English?

First and foremost, don’t assume someone speaks English unless you’re in an English-speaking country. For example, it’s pretty rude to travel to Germany and simply  assume  everyone understands the English language, even if most tourist workers will speak some. Start your conversations on the right foot with this simple question.

I don’t understand. 

If you find yourself lost while chatting with a foreigner, simply say, “I don’t understand.” This should signal to the other person that they need to speak more clearly or slow down so you manage to follow along.

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How much does this cost?

Planning to do a spot of shopping while on holiday? You’ll want to take some time exploring how money works in the country you’re visiting. Of course, each nation has its own currency, but the same number system and phrases work universally. “How much does this cost?” is a quick way to determine the price of any particular item.

I need help/a hospital/the police.

Don’t find yourself in a dangerous situation and realize you can’t communicate. Learn to express your need for emergency help and keep yourself protected. Telling someone that you need help should get their attention and allow them to understand the urgency of your request.

Visiting a Restaurant

Trying different foods and sampling the local cuisine is easily one of the best parts about visiting a foreign country. Of course, before you sit down for a big meal at a local eatery, you’ll want to take some time to review how to speak with your server (waiter or waitress) and order your selections.

The following phrases offer a great place to start:

May I please see a menu?

Asking to see the menu is the right way to learn what the restaurant you’ve visiting serves. Most servers will provide a menu when you sit down, but you can also ask for the menu before you choose whether or not you’d like to stay.

Don’t forget, many restaurants also post their menus on their windows, which should allow you to see if the food is within your budget.

I would like to eat/drink…

After you’ve taken some time to review the options on the menu, you want to place an order with your server. Simply tell him or her your choice. For example, “I would like the grilled chicken with pasta, please.”

May I have the bill?

At the end of your visit, you’ll need to pay your bill. You can ask the server for your bill when you’re ready. In many Anglophone countries, the server will bring your bill to the table without being asked, but it’s still a good idea to know how to request it.

Reminder:  Don’t forget to study tipping culture for your host country. In the United States, for example, it’s customary to pay 15-20% of your bill as a tip for your server. This pays the server’s salary and shouldn’t be skipped. Customs vary from nation to nation, however, so look into these matters before you travel.

Tips to Quickly Revise English for Travel

Do you feel like your English could use a bit of a refresher? Whether it’s been a few years since you studied English or you’re simply feeling a little rusty, there are several helpful tips you can use to brush up on your English for travel purposes.

Make the most out of your trip by incorporating the following techniques into your study habits:

1. Start Immersing Yourself

Do you quickly find yourself overwhelmed when you hear people speaking English? Before your trip, start listening to English videos online. If you’re not already using the Woodpecker app , this is a great place to start.

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2. Get Some Practice in Before You Leave

You don’t have to wait to speak English until you’re abroad. Instead, why not join a meetup group in your city or connect with other English students who want to chat? Just like riding a bike, you might be surprised to learn how quickly you regain your comfort level.

Review our simple tips for how to use English in your everyday life now!

3. Start Labeling Everything Around You

Got a stack of paper and a pencil handy? Why not craft little notes with English definitions on them? You can stick these notes on various items you’ll take with you on your trip. Then, when you’re standing at the airport check-in counter, you won’t stumble to find the word for  suitcase  or  passport.

4. Purchase a Travel Guidebook

Your phone works great for keeping track of notes and information about your stay, but a travel guidebook should help you get familiar with the names of the most popular destinations in the city or country you’re visiting. Don’t be afraid to take it with you on your trip. Should you get stuck at any point, you can always point to photos in your book for help.

5. Have Fun with It

As great as it would be to be totally fluent before you leave on holiday, it’s probably not a very reasonable goal if you only have a few months to prepare. Hand gestures, drawings, and translation apps can all help you get your point across. Don’t be ashamed to do what works!

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Travelling or Traveling | Difference & Example Sentences

Published on 11 August 2022 by Eoghan Ryan . Revised on 6 February 2023.

Travelling and traveling are two different spellings of the present participle of the verb ‘travel’ (and the identical gerund ) meaning ‘move from one place to another’ (typically over a long distance). The spelling tends to vary based on whether you’re writing UK or US English :

  • In UK English , ‘travelling’ (double ‘l’) is standard.
  • In US English , ‘traveling’ (one ‘l’) is correct.

If you’re travelling / traveling   through Central Europe, you should visit Berlin.

Karen likes travelling / traveling   by train because she enjoys watching the landscape go by.

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‘travelling’ and ‘traveling’ as adjectives, ‘travelled’ or ‘traveled’, other interesting language articles.

Travelling and traveling can also be used as adjectives to describe someone or something that moves from place to place.

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Travelled and traveled are the past forms of the verb ‘travel’. The same spelling distinction applies to these past forms and to the nouns traveller and traveler :

  • In UK English , ‘travelled’ and ‘traveller’ are standard.
  • In US English , ‘traveled’ and ‘traveler’ are more common.

If you want to know more about commonly confused words , definitions , and differences between US and UK spellings , make sure to check out some of our other language articles with explanations, examples, and quizzes.

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Travel Phrases and Expressions You Need To Know

Travel Phrases and Expressions

Communication is vital on any trip abroad. If you can’t communicate with the locals, doing anything more than the basics will be challenging. The good news is that a little bit of effort can go a long way. By learning some key travel words and expressions, you’ll be able to ask for directions, order food, and even make new friends.

This guide is designed for anyone who needs a quick reference for essential English traveling phrases. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, this guide will help you communicate effectively with those you meet along the way.

Why It’s Important to Learn Key Travel Words and Expressions

In order to get the most out of your travel experience, it is important to be able to communicate with those around you. The better you can do it, the more likely you will have a positive experience. With that in mind, let’s look at the main reasons why you should bother learning essential travel English expressions:

  • To get around town without any trouble. If you can’t ask for directions, it’ll be tough to find your way around. And if you can’t read street signs or menus, good luck finding a place to eat or sleep. By learning some essential travel expressions, you’ll be able to get where you need to go without any problems.
  • To make new friends along the way. If you’re only interested in communicating with locals in order to get from point A to point B, your experience will be pretty limited or even boring. But if you take the time to learn how to communicate with those around you, your travels will be more enjoyable, and you’ll also have a better chance of making lasting memories and even lifelong friends.
  • To experience the local culture. If you’re only interested in visiting the major tourist attractions, you’re missing out on what makes travel unique. By taking the time to learn about the people and the culture, you’ll be able to get a much deeper understanding and appreciation for your destination. Not to mention, it’s just more fun!

By learning the essential words about travel, you’ll be able to navigate your way around town and make new friends – all without breaking a sweat. Therefore, it’s well worth taking the time to learn a few key phrases before you set off on your next adventure.

The Most Common Travel Expressions And Phrases

In this section, we’ll look at some of the most common traveling phrases you’ll need to know. To make things easier, we’ve broken them down into different categories, so you can focus on the ones that are most relevant to your needs. Without further ado, let’s get started!

It’s always a good idea to start off on the right foot by using some basic greetings in the local language. Not only is it polite, but it shows that you’re making an effort to communicate with those around you. Greetings can also be a great way to break the ice and start a conversation. The following are some basic greetings that you can use in almost any situation:

  • Hi/Hello/Good morning/Good afternoon. These are all general greetings that people use in most situations.
  • How are you? This is a great way to start a conversation with someone new.
  • Nice to meet you. Use this when you’re meeting someone for the first time.
  • Thank you. Always remember to say thank you when someone does something for you. It’s a show of appreciation that goes a long way.
  • You’re welcome. Use it after someone says thank you to you. It’s a polite way to respond.
  • What’s your name? This is a great question to start off with when meeting someone new.
  • My name is... Use this phrase to introduce yourself to someone new.

These are just a few of the most basic greetings that you’ll need to know. Of course, there are many more out there, but these should cover most situations you’ll encounter while traveling.

Travel Phrases for the Airport

The airport can be a confusing and stressful place, so it’s important to know basic sentences that will help you get through the experience. The following are some essential travel phrases for the airport:

  • I’m going to.. . Use this phrase to tell someone your destination.
  • What is my gate number?  This is how you determine which gate you must go to board your plane.
  • When does my flight leave? Use this question to find out when it’s time for your flight to take off.
  • Where is the nearest restroom/bathroom? These are two important places that everyone needs at some point!
  • Can I bring this on the plane? If you’re unsure about what items are allowed on a plane, use it before trying to board with them.

Now that you know some basic airport expressions, you should be able to navigate your way through the airport with ease.

Phrases to Use on the Airplane

Once you’re on the plane, it’s time to sit back and relax. But there are still some English travel phrases that you’ll need to know in order to make your flight go smoothly. The following are a few of the most important ones:

  • Can I have a blanket? If you get cold easily or just want something to snuggle up with, this is the phrase for you.
  • Can I have a pillow? This is another excellent way to make yourself comfortable on a long flight.
  • I’d like something to drink. You can say it when you’re thirsty and want something other than water.
  • I’m feeling sick/nauseous/dizzy. These are all different ways of saying that you might vomit, so it’s best to use one of them if that’s how you’re feeling!
  • May I purchase headphones?  If you want to watch in-flight entertainment or need some peace, this is the phrase for you.

Now that you’ve learned a few key travel sentences, your flight should be much more enjoyable. Just remember to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!

Important Expressions to Use in the Hotel

Expressions to Use in the Hotel

After a long day of travel, there’s nothing better than checking into your hotel room and getting some rest. But before you can do that, you’ll need to know a few key English travel phrases to make the process go smoothly. The following are a few of the most important ones:

  • I’d like to check in . This is how you start the process of checking into your hotel room.
  • My reservation is under...  If you made a reservation ahead of time, use this phrase to let the front desk know your name.
  • Do you have any vacancies? This is a way of asking if rooms are available at the hotel.
  • How many beds are in the room? If you’re traveling with others, it’s always good to know how many beds are in the room so everyone can be comfortable.
  • What is the price per night? This is an important question to know how much your stay will cost.
  • How do I access the Internet? If you need to get some work done or just stay connected while on vacation, this is the phrase for you.

These are just some of the most important questions and expressions that you’ll need to know when staying in a hotel. Just remember to be polite and respectful, and your stay should be a pleasant one!

Expressions for Getting Around

Whether you’re taking a taxi, renting a car, or using public transportation, it’s important to know how to get around without getting lost. The following are some essential travel terms and phrases that will come in handy:

  • Where is...? Use it when you have no idea where you are and need directions.
  • Where is the nearest ATM? If you need cash, you can ask this question a local.
  • Where is the bus stop/train station/subway? These are all different ways of asking where a specific form of transportation is located. Just be sure to use the correct one for your location!
  • How much does a ticket cost?  This is an important question if you’re planning on using public transportation.
  • Can I rent a bike/car? This expression will come in handy if you need your own set of wheels. Just remember to be aware of the local traffic laws before hitting the road!

Now that you know some basic phrases for getting around, you should have no trouble getting to your destination. Just remember to take it slow and ask for help if you need it.

Helpful Travel Terms for Dining Out

If you’re planning on doing any dining out while you’re traveling, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with some basic traveling sayings. This way, you can avoid any potential confusion or embarrassment. Here are a few of the most important ones:

  • A table for two/four.  This is how you request a table at a restaurant. Just be sure to specify how many people will be joining you.
  • Can I see the menu, please?  This is always the first step when ordering food at a restaurant.
  • I’ll have the... Once you’ve decided what you’d like to eat, use this phrase followed by the name of your dish.
  • Could I get...? If there’s something specific that you’d like, such as extra sauce or vegetables , use this phrase followed by what it is that you want.
  • The bill, please. When you’re finished eating and would like to pay, use this phrase, and your server will bring over the check.
  • Can I take this to go? If you’re in a hurry, this is the phrase for you. Just remember that not all restaurants offer take-out options.

If you remember this vacation vocabulary, ordering food at a restaurant should be a breeze. Just be sure to have your pronunciation down before you place your order.

Useful Expressions for Shopping

One of the best parts of travel is being able to experience all the different markets and shops that each destination has to offer. To make things a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of expressions that will come in handy when shopping around:

  • Do you have this in a different size/color? This is useful if the item you want is out of stock or unavailable in your size.
  • How much does this cost? When in doubt, always ask before purchasing an item.
  • Can I try this on?  This is a must if you’re buying clothes or shoes. Always make sure that they fit before committing to a purchase.
  • I’ll take this one. Use it when you’re ready to make your purchase and hand over the item that you wish to buy.
  • Do you take credit cards? This is a good question to ask if you don’t have cash on hand.

So, in case you were wondering what to say when shopping on your next trip, these expressions should come in handy. Just remember to haggle where appropriate – it’s all part of the fun.

Essential Phrases in Case of Emergencies and Problems

Nobody likes to think about getting into an emergency situation while they’re traveling, but it’s always best to be prepared. Here are some useful words for traveling that you can use if you find yourself in a sticky situation:

  • Help!  This is the most important word that you’ll need to know in case of an emergency. It will immediately grab attention and let people know that you need assistance.
  • I don’t understand. Use this phrase if you’re lost or confused and need someone to explain things more clearly to you.
  • Where is the station/embassy? If you find yourself in a dangerous or difficult situation, these are all places that can offer help and assistance.
  • Please call... The police/an ambulance/the fire department. Again, this is for emergencies only – but it could literally be a lifesaver if things go wrong. 
  • I’m lost. Can you help me? If you’re feeling disoriented and are having trouble finding your way, asking for directions is always a good idea.

So, there you have it – a basic guide to some of the essential phrases about travel that you’ll need to know before setting off on your next trip!

How to Learn Travel Phrases

Here are a few tips to help you learn and remember the essential expressions in this guide:

  • Try to use the words associated with traveling as often as possible. The best way to learn anything is by doing it, so make an effort to use your new travel vocabulary as often as you can. Not only will this help you to remember what you’ve learned, but it’ll also help build your confidence in using it. You can use online dictionaries like  Cambridge Dictionary or  Merriam-Webster to look up words and check the correct pronunciation of words.
  • Practice with a friend or family member before your trip. If you know someone who speaks English, ask them if they wouldn’t mind helping you practice using your new vacation phrases. This is a great way to get some real-world practice before putting your skills to the test for real on your trip abroad.
  • Listen to native speakers. One of the best ways to learn any language is by listening to those who speak it natively. If you have the opportunity, try listening to English speakers as often as possible – whether it’s TV, movies, or music. The more exposure you have, the better your chances of picking up on the language nuances.
  • Be patient, and don’t get too discouraged if you make mistakes when learning words for travelers. Everyone makes mistakes when learning something new, so don’t get too down on yourself if you do too. Just keep practicing, and eventually, you’ll get the hang of it.
  • Relax and have fun. Learning the traveling vocabulary should be enjoyable, so try not to put too much pressure on yourself. The more fun you have, the more likely you are to stick with it and see success in the end.

With a little bit of effort, anyone can learn the essential expressions – no matter where they’re from or what their level of language might be.

Improving Your Traveling English with the Promova Platform

In order to improve your English for travel or any other purpose, you can use the  Promova language learning platform . Promova offers a variety of features to help you learn and improve your language skills, including:

  • Personalized learning experience based on your unique goals and needs. You can set your own goals and track your progress over time. English for travelers is one of such goals.
  • Interactive exercises and games to practice what you’ve learned and tackle your knowledge gaps. They can be customized to focus on the areas where you need the most practice.
  • Real-world situations and scenarios to help you prepare for using your new language skills in various situations. Topics include making hotel reservations, ordering food at a restaurant, and more.
  • A supportive community of other language learners to help motivate and encourage you. You can also connect with other learners who are interested in similar topics.

You can choose between individual classes with a private tutor or group classes with other students at your level, so you will learn in a way that’s best for you. Our tutors are all native speakers with years of experience teaching English for travel, so you can be confident that you’re getting the best possible instruction. During the classes, you’ll have the opportunity to practice using your new language skills in a variety of real-world situations, so you can be confident and prepared when you use them for travel or anything else.

To help you with travel vocabulary,  we have developed an app that you can use to learn the words and phrases you need for specific situations, like booking a hotel room or ordering food at a restaurant. The app is free to download from the App Store or Google Play and is available for iOS and Android devices.

Whether you’re looking to improve your English for travel or any other purpose, Promova can help you reach your goals. Contact us today to learn more about our platform and how we can help you achieve success. You can also practice how to pronounce travel phrases and expressions with this video .

Learning key travel sayings is a great way to make your trip abroad more enjoyable. Not only will it help you communicate better with those you meet along the way, but it’ll also give you a greater sense of confidence in using the language.

While this guide is by no means exhaustive, it covers many of the essential expressions that you’ll need to get by on your travels. So grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and start learning – your next great adventure awaits. Furthermore, by following the tips from this guide, you’ll be well on your way to becoming more confident and proficient in using traveling English.

Do I need to know English if I want to travel?

It’s not a requirement, but it certainly makes things easier. Your trip will be more enjoyable if you can communicate with those you meet along the way. Additionally, knowing some key traveling words will help you feel more confident using the language – even if you’re not fluent.

What is the best way to learn travel English?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. It depends on your level of English and your learning goals. If you’re a beginner, we recommend starting with basic traveling expressions. Once you’re more comfortable, you can move on to more advanced topics, such as booking accommodation or ordering food at a restaurant.

What are some tips for learning English for travel?

Make a list of the topics you want to cover. This could include booking a hotel room, ordering food in a restaurant, or asking for directions. Then, find resources that focus on these topics. There are many great books, websites, and apps out there that can help you learn the basics of English for traveling. Finally, practice using your new skills. Finally, practice using your new skills.

What are some common mistakes made by travelers when speaking English?

One common mistake is using too many filler words, such as “like” or “um.” This can make it difficult for the person you’re speaking to understand what you’re saying. Another mistake is using overly formal language. While it’s always polite to use please and thank you, using too many formal words can make you sound unnatural.

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23 Basic Travel Phrases to Learn Before Going Abroad

How do you prepare for the best travel experience possible? Do you research the must-see places and best restaurants, read an article or two on travel safety, and call it a day? You should also learn some essential travel terms and phrases to make the most of your trip.

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Knowing a handful of travel words and phrases in your destination’s native language gives you more freedom to explore. Had I traveled to Japan without taking the time to learn some basic Japanese, I would have been too intimidated to get off the beaten path.

Even in the world’s most visited cities, assuming English is enough to get by is a big travel mistake .

How to Learn Short Travel Phrases

Before every international trip, I spend 10-15 minutes a day for a week practicing the phrases below. I also spend 30 minutes or so on the plane/train reviewing these phrases so they’re fresh in my mind.

I use a mix of Google Translate, web search, and YouTube to help me learn the words and proper pronunciation. Combining Google translate with a web search for “how to say [phrase] in [language]” is critical, as Google Translate is known to give the wrong translation out of context.

For example, typing in the word “bill” could return the translation for a law document instead of the restaurant tab. It’s always best to cross check words with multiple meanings.

If you don’t have Google Translate already on your phone, install it before your trip. You should also download the language’s dictionary for offline use. Then, add the phrases below to your phrasebook by translating them in the app and tapping the star button.

The whole process takes about five minutes, and you can refer back to the spelling and pronunciation whenever you need!

Finally, if you’re traveling with others, don’t rely on someone else to speak the local language. If you get separated from that person, you’ll be on your own for communication.

Without further ado, here are 23 phrases to learn in any language before traveling abroad.

General Travel Terms and Phrases

  • You’re Welcome
  • Do you speak [language]?
  • I don’t understand
  • I need help

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Tourist Words for Getting Around

  • Where is…?
  • Does this go to…?
  • Which way to…?
  • Train Station

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Food and Dining Travel Phrases to Know

Note: If you have dietary restrictions, you should also learn the words for those items as well. 

  • I would like…
  • What do you recommend?
  • The bill, please

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Beyond Basic Travel Phrases

If you’re like me and really love learning languages, expand your study beyond these essential travel phrases. Personally, I never visit a new country without knowing the local word for “coffee”.

Apps like Duolingo and Memrise  turn language learning into a game. Both have dozens of languages to choose from and cover vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. Each app takes a slightly different approach to how information is presented, so I actually use both simultaneously when practicing a new language.

What travel terms and phrases do you find essential? Let me know in the comments section!

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Traveling vs. Travelling: Which One Should You Use?

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Are you confused about whether to spell it as “traveling” or “travelling”? Do you find yourself switching between the two spellings, unsure which one is correct? You’re not alone! The difference in spelling between “traveling” and “travelling” can be confusing, especially for those who are not native English speakers. In this article, we’ll explore the differences between these two spellings and help you understand when to use each one.

Traveling vs. Travelling

Traveling vs. Travelling: Which One Should You Use?

Traveling vs. Travelling: The Differences

Traveling vs. travelling | definition.

Travelling and traveling are two spellings of the same word, which means to move from one place to another. The only difference between them is the way they are spelled. Travelling is the preferred spelling in British English, while traveling is the preferred spelling in American English.

Traveling vs. Travelling | Usage

The choice between traveling and travelling depends on the region where you are writing or speaking. If you are writing for an American audience, use traveling. If you are writing for a British audience, use travelling. However, it is worth noting that both spellings are acceptable in both regions, and there is no right or wrong choice.

Key Differences between Travelling and Traveling in a Comparing Table

It’s important to note that the differences between travelling and traveling are minor and do not affect the meaning of the word. Both spellings refer to the same action of moving from one place to another.

Traveling vs. Travelling Examples

When it comes to the spelling of the present participle of the verb “travel,” there are two different spellings: “travelling” and “traveling.” The spelling you choose depends on which English you are using, British or American.

Correct Usage in Different Contexts

In British English, “travelling” with two “Ls” is the standard spelling, while in American English, “traveling” with one “L” is preferred. It is important to note that both spellings are correct, and the choice between them is a matter of regional preference.

Examples of Travelling in Sentences

Here are some examples of “travelling” in sentences:

  • I will be travelling to Europe next month.
  • She enjoys travelling to new places.
  • The company reimburses employees for their travelling expenses.

Examples of Traveling in Sentences

Here are some examples of “traveling” in sentences:

  • I will be traveling to Europe next month.
  • She enjoys traveling to new places.
  • The company reimburses employees for their traveling expenses.

As you can see, the meaning of the sentences is not affected by the spelling choice. However, it is important to be consistent in your spelling choice throughout your writing.

Common Mistakes and Misconceptions

When it comes to the spelling of “traveling” and “travelling,” there are a few common mistakes and misconceptions that people often have. Let’s take a look at some of them.

Mistake #1: Thinking That One Spelling Is Always Correct

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when it comes to “traveling” and “travelling” is assuming that one spelling is always correct. In reality, both spellings are correct, but they are used in different parts of the world. In the United States, “traveling” is the preferred spelling, while in the United Kingdom and other English-speaking countries, “travelling” is more commonly used.

Mistake #2: Using the Wrong Spelling in the Wrong Context

Another common mistake is using the wrong spelling in the wrong context. For example, if you are writing for an American audience, you should use “traveling,” while if you are writing for a British audience, you should use “travelling.” Using the wrong spelling can make your writing look unprofessional and can even make it difficult for readers to understand what you are trying to say.

Misconception #1: One Spelling Is More Correct Than the Other

Some people believe that one spelling is more correct than the other, but this is not true. Both spellings are equally correct, and it is simply a matter of regional preference. If you are unsure which spelling to use, it is always a good idea to check the audience you are writing for and use the appropriate spelling for that region.

Misconception #2: The Spelling Determines the Meaning

Another misconception is that the spelling of “traveling” or “travelling” determines the meaning of the word. In reality, the spelling has no impact on the meaning of the word. “Traveling” and “travelling” both refer to the act of going from one place to another, regardless of how it is spelled.

To summarize, both “traveling” and “travelling” are correct spellings of the same word. However, they are used in different parts of the world and should be used based on your audience. Remember that the spelling does not determine the meaning of the word, so use the appropriate spelling based on your audience and context.

Tips to Remember the Difference Between Travelling and Traveling

Travelling and traveling are two variations of the same word, and they have the same meaning. The only difference is in their spelling, which is entirely dialectal. However, if you want to use the correct spelling, you need to know which one to use and when.

Here are some tips to help you remember the difference between travelling and traveling:

  • Know your audience : If you are writing for an American audience, use “traveling.” If you are writing for a British audience, use “travelling.”
  • Use a spell checker : If you are unsure which spelling to use, you can use a spell checker to help you. Most spell checkers will give you the correct spelling based on the dialect you have selected.
  • Remember the double “L” : The British spelling of “travelling” has a double “L,” while the American spelling of “traveling” has only one “L.” This is an easy way to remember which spelling to use.
  • Use consistent spelling : If you are writing a document or article, make sure you use the same spelling throughout. This will help to avoid confusion and make your writing look more professional.

Here are some examples of the correct usage of travelling and traveling:

  • I am traveling to New York next week. (American spelling)
  • She enjoys travelling to Europe every summer. (British spelling)
  • The airline offers free Wi-Fi when you are traveling internationally. (American spelling)
  • He has been traveling around Asia for the past six months. (American spelling)

Traveling vs. Travelling Exercises

Do you know the difference between “traveling” and “travelling”? These two words have the same meaning, but they are spelled differently depending on where you are in the world. In this section, we will give you some exercises to help you understand the differences between these two words.

Exercise 1: True or False

Decide if the following statements are true or false.

“Traveling” is the correct spelling in British English.

“Travelling” is the correct spelling in American English.

“Traveling” is more commonly used in the United States.

“Travelling” is more commonly used in the United Kingdom.

Exercise 2: Compare and Contrast

Look at the following table and compare the differences between “traveling” and “travelling”.

As you can see, the only difference between these two words is the spelling. “Traveling” is spelled with one “L” and is more commonly used in the United States, while “travelling” is spelled with two “Ls” and is more commonly used in the United Kingdom.

In conclusion, whether you use “traveling” or “travelling” depends on where you are in the world. It’s important to be aware of these spelling differences so that you can communicate effectively with others.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of traveling?

Traveling provides many benefits, including the opportunity to experience new cultures, meet new people, and learn about different ways of life. It can broaden your perspective and help you gain a better understanding of the world. Traveling can also be a great way to relax, escape from your daily routine, and create lasting memories.

How can I write a good travelling essay?

To write a good traveling essay, you should start by choosing a specific topic or destination that you want to write about. Then, you should conduct research to gather information and details about the place or experience. Use descriptive language to paint a vivid picture of the sights, sounds, and experiences you encountered. Finally, make sure to edit and revise your essay to ensure that it is clear, concise, and engaging.

What is Travelling Basketball?

Travelling basketball is a term used to describe youth basketball teams that travel to different locations to compete against other teams. These teams often participate in tournaments and leagues that require them to travel to different cities or states to play.

What is the difference between traveler and traveller?

The difference between traveler and traveller is simply a matter of spelling. Traveler is the American English spelling, while traveller is the British English spelling. Both words refer to a person who travels.

How do you correctly use traveling in a sentence?

Traveling is a present participle that can be used as a verb or an adjective. As a verb, it means to move from one place to another. As an adjective, it describes something related to travel. Here are some examples:

  • I am traveling to Europe next week.
  • The traveling circus is coming to town.
  • The traveling salesman visited several cities in one day.

In summary, traveling and travelling are both correct spellings of the present participle of the verb “travel”. The spelling tends to vary based on whether you’re writing in American or British English. Use the spelling that is appropriate for your audience.

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Is it ‘traveling’ or ‘travelling’?

What to Know When it comes to spelling the forms of the verb travel , traveled and traveling are more common in the U.S., and travelled and travelling are dominant everywhere else.

Spelling is typically clear-cut in modern English: forty unfailingly betrays four ; the sweet treat after dinner is spelled dessert , not desert .

But some words have two forms that appear often enough in edited text to make it clear that something else is going on. And so it is with forms of the verb travel : traveled and travelled , and traveling and travelling .

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It might have a different spelling wherever you're going.

One or Two L 's?

If you look at where the single l forms originate and where the double l forms originate a pattern emerges: in the United States, traveled and traveling predominate, and everywhere else travelled and travelling are preferred.

The reason mostly comes down to one man we at Merriam-Webster hold especially dear: Noah Webster. Our lexicographical father (brothers George and Charles Merriam bought the rights to Noah Webster’s 1841 dictionary after Webster died) was a great believer in spelling reform and wanted English spelling to make more sense—and if the English of his homeland had more logic to it than its British parent, so much the better. He decided that travel needed only one l in its past and present participle forms.

Webster’s logic is the reason behind the spelling of canceled and cancelled as well: in the U.S., they have just one l , but elsewhere two l ’s are the norm.

American English Words that Use 2 L 's

Webster didn’t think all double l ’s needed to be reduced to one, however: in cases in which the accent, or emphasis, is on the syllable with the l , two l ’s are preserved: expelled and expelling ; controlled and controlling ; patrolled and patrolling .

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English for travel – useful phrases and travel expressions in English

The holiday season is in full swing, so the only thing that you and your children think about is holidays, rest, relaxation by the water, in the mountains or in the allotment garden. Any form of outdoor entertainment that you offer to children will give them satisfaction, but when it comes to special holiday plans and trips, it is worth preparing something extra for the whole family.

In recent years, trips and excursions abroad have become extremely accessible, and what is more, competitively priced. For this reason, we more and more often decide to book a flight ticket for a flight abroad: to Croatia, Spain, Italy, Malta, Turkey or Greece. These are just a few of the most popular holiday destinations among the British people. You can also use the holiday time to visit European capitals, London, Paris, Prague or Copenhagen.

All these holiday trips have a common denominator – they require at least a basic knowledge of English so that both children and parents can communicate safely abroad. English phrases for travelling are useful to communicate in a shop or hotel, ask for directions, learn something about local attractions and monuments, or simply not to get lost at the airport in the maze of English-language information.

Knowledge of the English language in today’s world is really a necessity. Even 3 4-year-olds are learning English now, and many parents bravely follow in their footsteps. If you do not know English well, and your child is only on a beginner level – no problem! Here you will find useful travel English phrases that will come in handy when traveling .

All you need to do is master a few basic phrases, and you’ll be fine on your next family vacation abroad! English for travel and vacation is easy – try yourself! In this article you’ll find plenty of English travel terms and phrases. 

English phrases for traveling – why you should learn English for travelers?

Learning travel phrases in English can open up a world of possibilities for both you and your children. Here are five compelling reasons why you should prioritize English language skills for your next travel experiences:

  • Easy Communication: English is widely spoken across the globe, making it the go-to language for international communication. By learning English, you and your kids can confidently navigate through different countries, interact with locals, ask for directions, order food, and fully immerse yourselves in new cultures.
  • Safety and Security: When traveling, it’s crucial to be able to express yourself and understand important safety instructions. Knowing English provides an added layer of security, allowing you to ask for help when needed, communicate with authorities, and ensure the well-being of your family in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • Enhanced Cultural Experiences: Language is a gateway to culture. By learning English, your children can engage in meaningful conversations with locals, learn about traditions, and gain a deeper understanding of the places they visit. This enriching experience will create lasting memories and broaden their global perspective.
  • Educational Opportunities: English is the language of academic excellence. By mastering English, your children can seize educational opportunities while traveling. They can attend summer schools, participate in language exchange programs, and even consider studying abroad in the future. Learning English opens doors to a world of educational possibilities.
  • Independence and Confidence: As your children develop their English language skills, they become more independent and self-assured travelers. Being able to communicate in English empowers them to explore new destinations, interact with fellow travelers, and navigate transportation systems, fostering a sense of confidence and resilience.

Don’t miss out on the chance to equip your children with essential English language skills for their travel adventures. With the flexibility and convenience of an online English class for kids , such as the one offered by Novakid, your kids can continue learning throughout the summer from any location. All they need is a computer with internet access to participate in engaging lessons led by experienced, native-speaker teachers. Make this summer a time of growth and discovery for your children with the gift of English language proficiency with Novakid!

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English for travellers: The airport

Here are some useful English phrases for travel at the airport or on the plane . It is good to know what is the meaning of popular airport signs, which you should pay attention to. You should also know and how to search for lost luggage in English, which, of course, we do not wish anyone! 


  • Departure: The act of leaving or the point of leaving from the airport.
  • Arrival: The act of arriving or the point of arriving at the airport.
  • Boarding pass: A document that allows you to board the airplane.
  • Check-in: The process of registering and obtaining your boarding pass at the airport.
  • Security check: The procedure of going through security screening before entering the departure area.
  • Baggage claim: The area where you collect your checked-in luggage after arriving.
  • Gate: The designated area where passengers board the aircraft.
  • Customs: The area where your luggage may be inspected and you may have to declare items.
  • Immigration: The process of clearing passport control to enter or exit a country.
  • Duty-free: Shops that sell goods without taxes or duties.
  • Delay: A situation in which a flight is postponed or held up.
  • Terminal: The building at the airport where passengers board and disembark from flights.
  • Announcement: A public statement made over the airport’s PA system.
  • Baggage allowance: The maximum weight or number of bags allowed on a flight without extra charges.
  • Security checkpoint: The area where passengers are screened for prohibited items before entering the departure area.

Expressions and phrases used at the airport

  • Can you tell me where the check-in counter is?
  • Excuse me, which gate is my flight departing from?
  • Where can I find the baggage claim area?
  • Is there a currency exchange desk in the airport?
  • Could you please direct me to the nearest restroom?
  • I need to declare some items at customs. Where should I go?
  • Is there a designated smoking area in the airport?
  • Can you recommend a good place to grab a quick bite to eat?
  • What time should I arrive at the security checkpoint?
  • Could you help me find a taxi or transportation to my hotel?

English for travellers: The airplane

English is also useful on the plane, when you want to find your place, ask the flight attendant for water, or when you want to be up-to-date with the messages displayed on the screen.

  • Seat: The place where you sit during the flight.
  • Seat belt: A safety device worn around the waist to secure passengers during takeoff, landing, or turbulence.
  • Tray table: A small table that folds down from the seat in front of you.
  • Overhead bin: Storage compartments above the seats for carry-on luggage.
  • Cabin crew: The flight attendants responsible for passenger safety and comfort.
  • Lavatory: The restroom facilities on board the airplane.
  • Emergency exit: A designated door for evacuating the airplane in case of an emergency.
  • Call button: A button to summon a flight attendant for assistance.
  • In-flight entertainment: Entertainment options available on board, such as movies, music, or games.
  • Beverage cart: A trolley that serves drinks and snacks during the flight.
  • Window seat: A seat located next to the aircraft window.
  • Aisle seat: A seat located on the side of the aircraft’s aisle.
  • Oxygen mask: A mask that provides oxygen during an emergency situation.
  • Seat recline: Adjusting the angle of the seat back for added comfort.
  • Fasten seat belt sign: The illuminated sign indicating passengers should fasten their seat belts due to turbulence or approaching landing.

Expressions and phrases for traveling on the airplane

  • Excuse me, is this seat taken?
  • Can I have a blanket and pillow, please?
  • How long is the flight expected to be?
  • Do you have any vegetarian meal options available?
  • May I have a glass of water, please?
  • Could you assist me in stowing my carry-on luggage?
  • Is there a power outlet or USB port near my seat?
  • Are there any in-flight entertainment options on this flight?
  • What is the current altitude and cruising speed of the aircraft?
  • Excuse me, could you please lower the window shade?

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English for travellers: The train

During summer vacation, many families travel by train to their destinations. Here are some common phrases, that may come in handy while travelling via rail. 

  • Train station: The location where trains arrive and depart.
  • Platform: The raised area where passengers wait for trains.
  • Ticket: A document that allows you to travel on the train.
  • Ticket office: The place where you can purchase or collect your train tickets.
  • Timetable: A schedule that shows the departure and arrival times of trains.
  • Departure: The act of leaving or the scheduled time for a train to leave.
  • Arrival: The act of arriving or the scheduled time for a train to arrive.
  • Platform number: The assigned number indicating where your train will arrive or depart.
  • Train carriages/cars: The individual sections of the train where passengers sit.
  • Seat reservation: A pre-booked seat on a specific train.
  • Luggage rack: The area above the seats where you can store your bags.
  • Train conductor: The person who checks tickets and assists passengers on the train.
  • Boarding: The act of getting on the train.
  • Announcements: Public messages or announcements made at the train station.
  • Connection: The transfer from one train to another at a specific station.
  • Compartment: A separate area in a train carriage with a group of seats facing each other.
  • Dining car: A designated carriage where passengers can purchase meals and drinks.
  • Intercom: A communication system used for announcements or emergencies on the train.
  • Ticket inspector: A person who checks tickets and ensures passengers have valid tickets.
  • Platform sign: Signs indicating the platform number, train schedules, and destinations.

Expressions and phrases for traveling on a train

  • What platform does the train to [destination] depart from?
  • Excuse me, is this seat reserved?
  • How long is the journey from here to [destination]?
  • Does this train have Wi-Fi onboard?
  • Is there a dining car or food service available on this train?
  • Can you help me with my luggage?
  • Are there power outlets on the train to charge electronic devices?
  • Is there a restroom on board the train?
  • Is there a designated quiet or silent zone on the train?
  • Excuse me, what time is the next stop?
  • Can I buy a ticket on board the train?
  • Is there a conductor on the train who can assist me?
  • Are there any stops or transfers along the route?
  • How often do trains run on this route?
  • Can I see the train schedule or timetable?
  • My ticket is already paid.
  • Is the internet connection working? 

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English for travel: Hotels and hostels

After arriving at the holiday destination, English will also be useful for checking in at the hotel , asking for the room number and its amenities.

  • Reservation: The act of booking a room in advance.
  • Reception: The front desk or area where you check in and out of the hotel or hostel.
  • Check-in: The process of registering and receiving your room key or key card.
  • Check-out: The process of settling your bill and returning your room key or key card.
  • Room key: A card or key that grants you access to your room.
  • Single room: A room with a single bed for one person.
  • Double room: A room with a double bed for two people.
  • Twin room: A room with two single beds for two people.
  • Suite: A larger, more luxurious room with additional living or sleeping space.
  • Amenities: The facilities and services available at the hotel or hostel, such as a gym, pool, or spa.
  • Breakfast included: The provision of breakfast as part of the room rate.
  • Wi-Fi: Wireless internet access provided in the hotel or hostel.
  • Room service: The service of delivering food and beverages to your room.
  • Housekeeping: The staff responsible for cleaning and maintaining the rooms.
  • Late check-out: The option to stay in the room past the regular check-out time for an additional fee.
  • Key card: A card with a magnetic strip or chip used to access your room.
  • Reservation number: The unique identifier for your booking.
  • Front desk: The area at the reception where guests are attended to.
  • Bellboy/Porter: A staff member who assists with luggage and escorts guests to their rooms.
  • Invoice/Bill: A document detailing the charges for your stay, including room rate and any additional services.

Expressions and phrases for stayin in hotels / hostels

  • Do you have any available rooms for tonight?
  • How much is a room for one night?
  • Can I see the room before I make a decision?
  • Is breakfast included in the room rate?
  • What time is check-in and check-out?
  • Could you please bring extra towels to my room?
  • Is there free Wi-Fi available in the rooms?
  • Can you recommend any good restaurants nearby?
  • Could you arrange a taxi for me tomorrow morning?
  • Is there a safe deposit box where I can store my valuables?
  • Can I have a wake-up call at [desired time] tomorrow?
  • I’m having trouble with the air conditioning/heating in my room. Can you assist?
  • Are there any laundry facilities or services available?
  • Is there a gym or fitness center in the hotel/hostel?
  • Could you please provide a map of the local area?

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English for travel: Asking about directions

When you reach your holiday destination, you can start blissful relaxation or intensive sightseeing – it depends on your preferences and the will of your children. In each of the vacation situations, however, a few basic phrases will be useful. This will make it easier to navigate around a new place, ask local residents for specific information or find interesting attractions.

  • Excuse me: A polite phrase used to get someone’s attention.
  • Can you help me?: A question asking for assistance or directions.
  • Where is…?: A question asking for the location of a specific place.
  • How do I get to…?: A question asking for directions to a specific destination.
  • Go straight: Proceed in a direct or linear path without turning.
  • Turn left: Change direction by moving to the left.
  • Turn right: Change direction by moving to the right.
  • Cross the street: Move from one side of the road to the other.
  • It’s on the left/right: Indicating that the destination is located to the left or right side.
  • Is it far? Is it close?: Questions to inquire about the distance of the destination.
  • Is there a bus/train station nearby? : Inquiring about the proximity of public transportation.
  • Can you show it on the map?: Asking someone to mark or indicate the location on a map.
  • Excuse me, I’m lost: Informing someone that you are unable to find your way.
  • Landmark: A prominent or recognizable feature used as a point of reference.
  • Can you repeat that, please?: Asking someone to repeat or clarify the directions given.

Expressions and phrases you need to know to get to your destination

  • Excuse me, could you tell me how to get to [destination]?
  • Can you please give me directions to [location]?
  • Which way is [landmark]?
  • I’m a bit lost. Can you help me find my way back to [point of reference]?
  • Is it far from here?
  • Could you point me in the right direction for [place]?
  • Can you recommend the quickest route to [destination]?
  • Is there a bus/train station nearby?
  • How long does it take to walk/drive to [location] from here?
  • Excuse me, but I seem to have taken a wrong turn. How can I get back on track?

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English for travel: Food and restaurants

Getting to know the local culture and culinary delicacies is also an essential element of holidays abroad. On holidays, we often eat in restaurants , go out for ice cream with the children or buy souvenirs . In all these situations, in a restaurant or in a store, you will also need a handful of English words and phrases, which will help you get along with the waiter or seller.

  • Menu: A list of food and beverage options available at a restaurant.
  • Appetizer/Starter: A small dish served before the main course.
  • Main course/Entrée: The primary dish of a meal, typically larger than an appetizer.
  • Dessert: A sweet dish or course served at the end of a meal.
  • Beverage/Drink: A liquid consumed with a meal, such as water, soda, juice, or wine.
  • Vegetarian: A person who does not eat meat. Vegetarian dishes are prepared without meat.
  • Vegan: A person who does not consume any animal products. Vegan dishes are free from meat, dairy, eggs, and other animal-derived ingredients.
  • Special of the day: A dish or menu item that is unique or highlighted for that particular day.
  • Reservation: The act of booking a table at a restaurant in advance.
  • Waiter/Waitress: A server who takes orders and serves food and beverages at a restaurant.
  • Chef: The professional cook responsible for preparing and overseeing the kitchen.
  • Bill/Check: The statement of charges for the meal that needs to be paid.
  • Tip/Gratuity: An additional amount of money given to the server as appreciation for good service.
  • To-go/Takeaway: Food ordered to be packaged and taken away instead of dining in the restaurant.
  • Table for [number]: Requesting a table for a specific number of people.
  • Gluten-free: Food items that do not contain gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.
  • Condiments: Sauces, dressings, or spices used to enhance the flavor of food.
  • Allergies: Dietary restrictions or adverse reactions to specific ingredients.
  • Non-alcoholic: Beverages that do not contain alcohol.
  • Self-service/Buffet: A style of dining where customers serve themselves from a selection of food.

Travel expressions to use at the restaurant

  • Could we have a table for [number] people, please?
  • What do you recommend from the menu?
  • Is the [dish] spicy/mild?
  • Can I see the wine/beer list, please?
  • Are there any vegetarian/vegan options available?
  • Can I have the bill/check, please?
  • Is service included in the bill/check?
  • Can we split the bill/check, please?
  • Excuse me, could I get some extra napkins, please?
  • I’d like to order the [dish], please.
  • Could I have a glass of water, please?
  • Can I make a reservation for [time] tonight?
  • Is it possible to customize the [dish] to my dietary preferences?
  • What are the daily specials or chef’s recommendations?
  • Excuse me, I have a food allergy. Can you accommodate special dietary needs?

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Travel English phrases: Shopping

While travelling, we often see colorful souvenir shops around every corner. Buing souvenirs from travels is something families with kids often do. Let’s find out how to buy a souvenir in English and how to communicate with shop owner.

  • Grocery store/Supermarket: A large retail store where you can purchase food and household items.
  • Shopping cart/Trolley: A wheeled basket used for carrying items while shopping.
  • Aisle: A pathway between shelves or displays in a store.
  • Brand: A specific company or manufacturer of a product.
  • Price: The cost of a product or item.
  • Sale: A discounted price or special promotion on a product.
  • Cashier/Till: The person or area where you pay for your purchases.
  • Receipt: A document that serves as proof of purchase and itemizes your purchases.
  • Cash: Physical money used for making purchases.
  • Credit card/Debit card: Plastic cards used for making electronic payments.
  • Discount: A reduction in price for a product or item.
  • Checkout: The area or process of paying for your purchases.
  • Shopping bag: A bag provided by the store to carry your purchases.
  • Souvenir shop/Gift shop: A store that sells mementos and unique items related to a specific location or event.
  • Souvenir: An item purchased to remember a place or experience.
  • Local specialty: A product or food item that is unique to a particular region.
  • Size: The measurement or dimensions of a product, particularly for clothing or shoes.
  • Shelf: A flat surface where products are displayed and stored in a store.
  • Salesperson/Shop assistant: An employee who assists customers and provides information in a store.

Travel questions you might need to ask while shopping 

  • How much does this cost?
  • Do you have this in a different size/color?
  • Is there a discount on this item?
  • Can I try this on, please?
  • Do you accept credit cards?
  • Could you gift-wrap this for me?
  • Is there a return/exchange policy?
  • Can I get a receipt, please?
  • Do you have any other similar items?
  • Is there a warranty for this product?
  • Can I see some more options in that category?
  • What material is this made of?
  • Can I get a discount if I buy multiple items?
  • Are there any sales or promotions happening?
  • Do you offer international shipping?
  • Do you accept foreign currency? 

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Travel English: Sightseeing

Here are some other useful phrases to help you communicate in English during sightseeing in an English speaking country. 

  • Tourist attraction: A popular place or site that is visited by tourists.
  • Landmark: A well-known feature or structure that is easily recognizable and often of historical or cultural significance.
  • Guidebook: A book or publication that provides information about tourist attractions, maps, and recommendations.
  • Map: A visual representation of an area, showing roads, landmarks, and points of interest.
  • Tour: A guided visit or journey to explore and learn about a place or attraction.
  • Sightseeing: The activity of visiting and observing interesting places and attractions.
  • Museum: A place that exhibits collections of historical, artistic, or cultural artifacts for public viewing.
  • Gallery: An establishment that displays and sells works of art.
  • Monument: A structure or statue built to commemorate a person, event, or historical significance.
  • Cathedral: A large and important church, usually the seat of a bishop.
  • Historical site: A place that holds historical significance and provides insights into the past.
  • Architecture: The art and science of designing and constructing buildings.
  • Sculpture: Three-dimensional artwork created by carving, molding, or casting.
  • Plaza/Square: An open public space in a city, often surrounded by buildings and used for gatherings or events.
  • Fountain : A decorative structure that releases water into a basin or jets it into the air.

Useful English expressions for sightseeing 

  • Can you recommend any must-see attractions in this city?
  • How do I get to [landmark/attraction] from here?
  • Is there a guided tour available for [landmark]?
  • What time does [museum/attraction] open/close?
  • Are there any entrance fees for [landmark/attraction]?
  • Can you provide a map or brochure of the local sights?
  • Is photography allowed inside [museum/attraction]?
  • Are there any discounts available for students/seniors?
  • Is there an audio guide or guided tour available in English?
  • Can you tell me a bit about the history of this [monument/landmark]?
  • Are there any nearby viewpoints for panoramic views of the city?
  • Are there any specific guidelines or restrictions for visiting [attraction]?
  • Can you recommend any good walking routes or scenic trails in the area?
  • Is it possible to book tickets for [attraction] in advance?
  • Are there any special events or exhibitions happening at [museum/attraction]? 

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Travel phrases in English: Emergencies / Health

We do not wish anyone any problems with health or emergencies during their vacation, but once they happen, it’s good to know some English phrases useful during communication with doctors or other authorities. 

  • Emergency: A serious or unexpected situation requiring immediate action.
  • Help/Assistance: Requesting aid or support in a difficult situation.
  • Hospital: A medical facility where people receive treatment for illnesses and injuries.
  • Doctor/Physician: A medical professional who diagnoses and treats illnesses and injuries.
  • Ambulance: A vehicle equipped for transporting people who are ill or injured to the hospital.
  • Injury: Physical harm or damage to the body.
  • Illness/Sickness: A state of poor health or a specific medical condition.
  • First Aid: Initial medical treatment provided to an injured or ill person before professional medical help arrives.
  • Medication: Prescribed or over-the-counter drugs used for treating or preventing illnesses.
  • Allergy: A negative reaction of the body’s immune system to a specific substance.
  • Pain: Unpleasant physical sensation or discomfort.
  • Emergency contact: A person to be notified in case of an emergency.
  • Insurance: Coverage that provides financial protection in case of unexpected events, including health emergencies.
  • Pharmacy/Drugstore: A store where medications and medical supplies are sold.
  • CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation): A life-saving technique used to revive a person whose heart has stopped beating.

Useful English expressions for emergency situations and at the hospital

  • Help! There’s an emergency!
  • Call an ambulance, please!
  • I need urgent medical attention.
  • Is there a hospital/clinic nearby?
  • I’ve been injured. Can you please get me some help?
  • I’m feeling unwell. Is there a doctor available?
  • Where is the nearest pharmacy?
  • I’ve lost my medication. Can you help me replace it?
  • Is there an emergency contact I can reach out to?
  • I need to go to the emergency room immediately.
  • I’m allergic to [specific substance]. Please be cautious.
  • I’m feeling dizzy/nauseous. Can you provide any assistance?
  • Can you please notify my family/friends about the situation?
  • I’ve been involved in an accident. Is there someone who can assist with the paperwork?
  • Is there a translator available? I don’t speak English fluently.
  • Where I’ll be able to get help?

Useful English idioms for traveling

  • Hit the road: To begin a journey or start traveling.
  • On the go: Constantly moving or traveling from one place to another.
  • Catch some rays: To sunbathe or enjoy the sunshine.
  • Break the ice: To initiate or start a conversation with strangers or in a new environment.
  • Off the beaten path: Away from the usual tourist routes or popular destinations.
  • Take a rain check: To postpone or reschedule a planned activity or event.
  • Travel light: To pack only essential items and avoid carrying excessive luggage.
  • Get lost: To explore without a specific destination in mind or to become disoriented in a new place.
  • Breathe-taking view: An extremely beautiful or stunning sight.
  • Itchy feet: A strong desire to travel or move from one place to another.
  • Jet lag: The fatigue and disorientation experienced after traveling across different time zones.
  • Home away from home: A place where you feel comfortable and at ease, as if it were your own home.
  • Go the extra mile: To make additional effort or go beyond what is expected.
  • Live out of a suitcase: To constantly travel or move around, often with limited possessions.
  • Have a whale of a time: To have a great or enjoyable experience.

As you can see, memorizing useful phrases for travelling in English is not so complicated. We hope, that with all the examples, you’ll be able to travel comfortably on your next family vacation. Remember to encourage your kids to speak English on vacation abroad as much as possible, since it’s always best to practice English travelling phrases and other vocabulary in real life situations. Now you shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions regarding directions in English, ask about your hotel stay and check out from which platform your bus or train departures. Transportation, attractions and getting around in any English-speaking country and other EU countries will be much easier now!

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Charles Littlejohn: Man who leaked Trump's tax returns sentenced to five years

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A former US tax worker has been sentenced to five years in prison over the unauthorised leak of Donald Trump's personal tax records to media outlets.

Charles Littlejohn, 38, must also spend three years under supervised release and pay a $5,000 fine for his actions.

Littlejohn stole tax data from thousands of wealthy Americans while working as a contractor for the US-wide Internal Revenue Service.

His sentence was the statutory maximum penalty that could have been imposed.

Littlejohn's offence was "an attack on our constitutional democracy", federal District Judge Ana Reyes said before sentencing him on Monday.

"He targeted the sitting president of the United States of America, and that is exceptional by any measure," she added. "It cannot be open season on our elected officials."

In a brief statement to the court, Littlejohn acknowledged his crime and said he had been aware of its potential consequences at the time but claimed he was driven by a desire for transparency.

"I made my decision with full knowledge that I would likely end up in a courtroom to answer for my serious crime," he said.

"I used my skills to systematically violate the privacy of thousands of people."

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His legal team argued in a court filing that Littlejohn had acted "out of a deep, moral belief that the American people had a right to know the information and sharing it was the only way to effect change".

"He did what he thought was right at the time, but now fully acknowledges that he was wrong," his lawyers added.

That explanation did not appear to sway Judge Reyes in her sentencing decision.

She said imposing the maximum penalty would ensure nobody could view Littlejohn's conduct as "acceptable or justifiable or worth the trade-off".

"The fact that he did what he did and he is facing one felony count, I have no words for," the judge said.

Littlejohn pleaded guilty in October to one count of disclosing tax return information.

Although charging records did not name Mr Trump as the government official victimised by his conduct, the ex-contractor identified him aloud in court as he admitted to the crime.

He also said that he had given information about Mr Trump's taxes to two US media outlets, the New York Times and ProPublica. Neither organisation is accused of wrongdoing.

Lawyers representing the government told the court on Monday that Littlejohn "sought to influence an election and reshape the nation's political discourse" in one of the "most serious" crimes in IRS history.

They alleged that, over a two-year period at the tax agency, Littlejohn "abused his position" and "weaponised his access to unmasked taxpayer data to further his own personal, political agenda".

Some of the other tax returns he admitted to acquiring dated as far back as 15 years, they claimed in a court filing.

The New York Times published an extensive report on Mr Trump's tax returns in September 2020, revealing he paid only $750 in federal income taxes the year he won the presidency and no taxes at all in 10 of the previous 15 years.

In an editor's note, the paper's then-editor affirmed the press's right "to publish newsworthy information that was legally obtained by reporters".

ProPublica meanwhile is said to have received a storage device from Littlejohn that contained tax returns and sensitive information for thousands of other wealthy people.

Following his sentencing on Monday, Littlejohn was ordered to turn himself in by 30 April.

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Unlicensed Spring Valley chiropractor gets 25-year sentence for molesting children

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SPRING VALLEY, Texas (KTRK) -- An unlicensed Spring Valley chiropractor was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday for molesting children almost a decade ago, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said.

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Stuart Fraser White, 66, worked as a chiropractor but was not licensed in Texas. He was sentenced on Tuesday by a judge after a Harris County jury found White guilty of super-aggravated sexual assault of a child under the age of six during a 14-day jury trial that ended in December.

The jury found that White abused a 5-year-old female relative at his home in Spring Valley.

He was charged and arrested in 2014 after the child disclosed the abuse. Jurors also heard evidence that there were many other incidents and other victims before that victim came forward.

After being convicted in December, White was facing the possibility of life in prison without parole. He opted to have his sentence determined by a judge, who sentenced him to jail until he turned 91 years old.

Assistant District Attorney Denis Nichols, chief of the DA's Crime Against Children Division, handled the case.

"The legislature gave this type of crime such a high minimum because they felt it was a very serious offense that deserved a strict punishment," Nichols said.

"Our children are the most vulnerable victims in our community, and when they are hurt or abused, especially by someone they should be able to trust, it is our duty to seek justice for them," Ogg said. "Thanks to a law passed by legislature, convicted child molesters who abuse young children must spend at least 25 years in prison, day for day."

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Ex-IRS contractor gets five years in prison for leak of tax return information of Trump, rich people

WASHINGTON — A former contractor for the Internal Revenue Service who pleaded guilty to leaking tax information to news outlets about former President Donald Trump and thousands of the country’s wealthiest people was sentenced to five years in prison Monday.

Charles Edward Littlejohn, 38, of Washington, D.C., gave data to The New York Times and ProPublica between 2018 and 2020 in leaks that appeared to be “unparalleled in the IRS’s history,” prosecutors said.

U.S. District Judge Ana Reyes imposed the maximum sentence, saying the crime targeted the nation’s system of government and its democracy.

“When you target the sitting president of the United States, you target the office,” she said. “It can not be open season on our elected officials.”

Littlejohn apologized and said he alone bears responsibility. “I acted out of a sincere, if misguided, belief I was serving the public interest,” he said. “My actions undermined the fragile trust we place in government.”

Defense attorney Lisa Manning argued for a lower sentence in line with typical guidelines for someone without a criminal record. But Reyes pushed back saying said the crime was extraordinary and the sentence must “deter others who might feel an obligation to break the law.”

Reyes, who questioned why Littlejohn faced a single felony count of unauthorized disclosure of tax returns and return information, also imposed three years of supervised release and a $5,000 fine.

Republican Sen. Rick Scott of Florida said he was among those whose tax information was leaked by Littlejohn. The possibility it could be published affects his entire family, he said, arguing that Littlejohn should have faced additional criminal charges from the Justice Department for exposing personal information “just to harm people.”

Littlejohn had applied to work at the contactor to get Trump’s tax returns and carefully figured out how to search and extract tax data to avoid triggering suspicions internally, prosecutors said in court documents.

Prosecutors had pushed for the five-year sentence, which is among the longest sentences handed down in a leak investigation, according to the Justice Department. Nicole Argentieri, acting assistant attorney general of the department’s criminal division, said the sentence “sends a strong message that those who violate laws intended to protect sensitive tax information will face significant punishment.”

Prosecutors did not name Trump or the outlets in charging documents, but the description and time frame align with stories about Trump’s tax returns in The New York Times and reporting about wealthy Americans’ taxes in the nonprofit investigative journalism organization ProPublica.

The 2020 New York Times report found Trump, who had broken with tradition and refused to voluntarily release his tax returns, paid $750 in federal income tax the year he entered the White House and no income tax at all some years thanks to colossal losses. Six years of his returns were later released by the then-Democratically controlled House Ways and Means Committee.

ProPublica, meanwhile, reported in 2021 on a trove of tax-return data about the wealthiest Americans. It found the 25 richest people legally pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than many ordinary workers do.

Both publications have declined to comment on the charges, and ProPublica reporters previously said they didn’t know the identity of the source. The stories sparked calls for reform on taxes for the wealthy — and calls for investigations into the leaking of tax information, which has specific legal protections.

The IRS has said any disclosure of taxpayer information is unacceptable and the agency has since tightened security.

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40 Basic Vocabulary Words and Common Phrases for Travel in English

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Embarking on a journey to a foreign country can be both exciting and a bit daunting, especially when language barriers come into play. But fear not, we’ve got you covered! This page is dedicated to all the globetrotters out there who are keen on enhancing their English language skills specifically for travel.

We’ve curated a list of 40 essential English words and phrases that will prove to be your best companions on your travels.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or planning your first overseas trip, mastering these words and phrases will not only boost your confidence but also enrich your travel experiences. So, let’s dive in and start preparing for your next adventure with our comprehensive travel vocabulary guide. Happy learning and safe travels!

40 essential English words and phrases for travel

  • Passport – “Don’t forget to bring your passport to the airport.”
  • Luggage – “Please make sure your luggage is not left unattended.”
  • Reservation – “I have a reservation under the name Smith.”
  • Itinerary – “Our itinerary includes stops in Rome, Paris, and London.”
  • Destination – “Our final destination is Sydney.”
  • Accommodation – “I’ve booked accommodation for three nights in the city center.”
  • Sightseeing – “We’re going sightseeing in the old town tomorrow.”
  • Currency – “What’s the local currency in Japan?”
  • Boarding Pass – “Please have your boarding pass and identification ready.”
  • Departure – “Our departure time is 6:00 PM.”
  • Arrival – “Our estimated arrival time is 8:00 PM.”
  • Customs – “You’ll need to declare any items at customs.”
  • Visa – “Do I need a visa to travel to the United States?”
  • Tourist – “As a tourist, I love exploring new places.”
  • Landmark – “The Eiffel Tower is a famous landmark in Paris.”
  • Guidebook – “I bought a guidebook to learn more about the city’s history.”
  • Souvenir – “I bought a souvenir from each city we visited.”
  • Jet Lag – “I’m feeling a bit of jet lag after the long flight.”
  • Travel Agency – “The travel agency arranged all of our accommodations.”
  • Backpack – “I prefer to travel with a backpack instead of a suitcase.”
  • Could you help me, please? – When you need assistance.
  • How much does this cost? – When you want to know the price of something.
  • Where is the nearest…? – When you’re looking for something specific, like a bathroom or a subway station.
  • I would like to book… – When you want to make a reservation.
  • Do you speak English? – When you need to find someone who speaks English.
  • I’m lost. Can you help me? – When you need directions.
  • Can I have the menu, please? – When you’re at a restaurant and want to see the menu.
  • I’m allergic to… – When you need to inform someone of your allergies.
  • Can I have the bill, please? – When you’re ready to pay at a restaurant.
  • What time does it open/close? – When you want to know the operating hours of a place.
  • Can I have a ticket to…, please? – When you’re buying a ticket.
  • Where can I catch the bus/train? – When you need to find the bus or train station.
  • Is it far from here? – When you want to know the distance to a place.
  • Can you recommend a good…? – When you’re looking for recommendations.
  • Do you accept credit cards? – When you want to know if you can pay with a credit card.
  • What’s the Wi-Fi password? – When you need to connect to the internet.
  • I’d like to go to… – When you’re telling a taxi driver your destination.
  • Is there a pharmacy nearby? – When you need to find a pharmacy.
  • Can I try this on? – When you’re shopping for clothes and want to try something on.
  • Could you take a picture of us, please? – When you want someone to take a photo of you and your group.

Wrapping Up Our English Travel Vocabulary Journey

And there you have it! We’ve journeyed through 40 essential English words and phrases that will help make your travels smoother and more enjoyable. Remember, language is a powerful tool that can open doors to understanding new cultures, making new friends, and creating unforgettable experiences.

Don’t worry if you can’t memorize all the words and phrases at once. The beauty of language learning is that it’s a continuous process. Keep practicing, and soon these words will become second nature to you.

But why stop at 40? If you’re eager to expand your travel vocabulary even further, we have an exciting offer for you. Follow us on Instagram and send us a direct message to get your hands on our comprehensive eBook (write “Travel eBook”), which features 200 essential English words and phrases for travel, plus 2 special bonuses!

We hope this guide will be a valuable resource for your travel adventures. Whether you’re exploring bustling cities, tranquil countryside, or exotic beaches, these phrases will help you navigate your way with confidence.

Thank you for joining us on this linguistic journey. We wish you all the best in your English learning and your future travels. Remember, every journey begins with a single step, or in this case, a single word. Happy travels and happy learning!

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Ex-IRS contractor who leaked Trump's tax returns sentenced to 5 years in prison

The judge said leaking trump's returns was an attack on 'constitutional democracy'.

IRS contractor who leaked Trump tax returns seen after being sentenced

IRS contractor who leaked Trump tax returns seen after being sentenced

Former IRS contractor Charles Littlejohn was seen alongside his attorney Monday after a judge sentenced him to five years in prison for leaking the tax returns of former President Donald Trump and other wealthy people.

Charles Littlejohn, the ex-IRS contractor responsible for leaking former President Trump's tax returns, was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday.

Judge Ana Reyes condemned Littlejohn's actions when handing down the sentence, saying the leak was "an intolerable attack on our constitutional democracy." The sentence also includes 36 months of supervised release and a $5,000 fine.

"The press tells us Democracy dies in darkness. It also dies in lawlessness," the judge said. "There are numerous lawful means to bring things to light. Trump was under no obligation to expose his returns. People could vote for someone else. They could run against him."

Federal prosecutors said Littlejohn sought his job as an IRS consultant specifically for the purpose of leaking Trump's returns in 2019. Littlejohn had done work for Booz Allen from 2008 to 2013, but he returned to the company as an IRS consultant in 2017. Prosecutors say the career move was meant to grant him access to private tax information that would allow him to leak Trump's tax returns. The DOJ says Littlejohn considered Trump to be a threat to democracy.

IRS leaker Charles Littlejohn seen after sentencing

Former IRS contractor Charles Littlejohn, right, was seen alongside his attorney Monday after a judge sentenced him to five years in prison for leaking the tax returns of former President Donald Trump and other wealthy people. (Fox News)

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Charles Littlejohn, the ex-IRS contractor responsible for leaking former President Trump's tax returns, was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

"[Littlejohn] weaponized his access to unmasked taxpayer data to further his own personal political agenda, believing that he was above the law," prosecutors alleged during the trial.


"A free press and public engagement with the media are critical to any healthy democracy, but stealing and leaking private, personal tax information strips individuals of the legal protection of their most sensitive data," they added.

IRS leaker Charles Littlejohn seen after sentencing

Former IRS contractor Charles Littlejohn was seen Monday after a judge sentenced him to five years in prison for leaking the tax returns of former President Donald Trump and other wealthy people. (Fox News)

Judge Reyes echoed prosecutors' words when handing down the sentence, saying Littlejohn had clearly concocted a long-term plan to violate Trump's privacy.

"He did not make a snap judgment. He made a series of decisions. This court cannot let others view this conduct as acceptable. I need to send the strongest possible message that we are a nation of laws," Reyes said Monday.


Trump's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

Anders Hagstrom is a reporter with Fox News Digital covering national politics and major breaking news events. Send tips to [email protected], or on Twitter: @Hagstrom_Anders.

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Bali Bombing Conspirators Get 5 More Years at Guantánamo Bay

A military jury sentenced two Malaysian men to 23 years for helping perpetrators of the bombing that killed 202 people, but a side deal reduced the punishment.

Flags flying behind razor wire at Guantánamo Bay’s Camp Justice at dusk.

By Carol Rosenberg

Reporting from Guantánamo Bay, Cuba

A military jury at Guantánamo Bay sentenced two prisoners to 23 years in confinement on Friday for conspiring in the 2002 terrorist bombing that killed 202 people in Bali, Indonesia. But the men could be freed by 2029 under a secret deal and with sentencing credit.

Mohammed Farik Bin Amin and Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep, both Malaysians, have been held by the United States since the summer of 2003, starting with three years in C.I.A. black site prisons where they were tortured. They pleaded guilty to war crimes charges last week.

About a dozen relatives of tourists who were killed in the attacks spent an emotional week at the court and testified to their enduring grief . A jury of five U.S. military officers, assembled to decide a sentence in the 20-to-25-year range, returned 23 years after deliberating for about two hours on Friday.

But, unknown to the jurors, a senior Pentagon official reached a secret agreement over the summer with the defendants that they would be sentenced to at most six more years. In exchange for the reduced sentence, they were required to provide testimony that might be used at the trial of an Indonesian prisoner , known as Hambali , who is accused of being a mastermind of the Bali bombing and other plots as a leader of the Qaeda affiliate group Jemaah Islamiyah.

Then, separately, the judge, Lt. Col. Wesley A. Braun, cut 311 days off Mr. Bin Amin’s sentence and 379 days off Mr. Bin Lep’s because prosecutors missed court deadlines for turning over evidence to defense lawyers as they prepared their case.

But the men could go home earlier . “The pretrial agreement contemplates the possibility of repatriation before the sentence is complete,” said Brian Bouffard, Mr. Bin Lep’s lawyer.

It took so long to get the men to trial, in part, because of the time they spent in the C.I.A.’s secret overseas prison network, where prisoners were tortured during interrogations. Even after they agreed to plead guilty to their crimes and cooperate with prosecutors, the legacy of torture cast a shadow over the proceedings.

Christine A. Funk , a defense lawyer, projected drawings by Mr. Bin Amin of his torture onto a screen in the courtroom as she described him as a broken man who at the time of his capture in Thailand cooperated with the authorities. In addition to his three years in the C.I.A. black sites, she said, he spent his first 10 years at Guantánamo Bay in solitary confinement.

“Upon his arrival in the black sites, he was immediately tortured,” she said. “Not immediately interrogated. Immediately tortured.”

She cited federal and congressional investigations that confirmed he was held naked in isolation while shackled in painful positions, had water poured down his nose and throat, and was forced to squat with a broom behind his knees. Each situation was illustrated by a drawing that is now evidence in the case.

“This is, frankly, un-American,” she said. “This is not who we are. But it is what we did.”

The chief prosecutor, Col. George C. Kraehe, said the true torture victims were the families of the dead, “who have been rendered for their lifetimes horrified, terrorized, bereft of their precious loved ones, stolen from them by the accused’s barbaric acts.”

“Our task here is not to give the accused justice,” Colonel Kraehe said. “Our task here is to give the victims justice.”

He defended the C.I.A. interrogation program as a product of the time, “at the start of the war on terror, when the United States sought to defend itself and the world from forces that had viciously attacked the United States, killing thousands of innocents, forces that had attacked other countries, forces that sought to destroy the American way of life. This war continues to this day.”

Besides, he said, the defendants “left this program approximately 18 years ago.”

Mr. Bin Lep was also tortured, Mr. Bouffard said. But he has decided to forgive those who did it, and move forward.

Both defense and prosecution lawyers gave the jury a lesson in conspiracy as a war crime, and explained that the men became accessories to the Bali bombing by training with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan before the attacks and by helping perpetrators elude capture afterward.

Mr. Bin Lep “may not have planned the bombings, may not have carried them out, may not have known when and where,” Mr. Bouffard said. “But he helped the people who did.”

The chief defense counsel for military commissions, Brig. Gen. Jackie L. Thompson Jr., issued a statement lamenting how long it took to bring the men to trial. He said the U.S. decision after Sept. 11 to establish the C.I.A. interrogation program “frustrated the desire of everyone for accountability and justice.”

Carol Rosenberg reports on the wartime prison and court at Guantánamo Bay. She has been covering the topic since the first detainees were brought to the U.S. base in 2002. More about Carol Rosenberg

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