Everyone loves travelling, right? However, a lot of my students find it difficult to talk about travelling in English. Don’t worry, I’m here to help!

Phrasal verbs are a great way to improve your English communication skills. They will help you sound more natural and you will be able to understand native speakers more easily.

In this lesson you will learn 5 phrasal verbs that you can use to talk about travelling!

Travel Phrasal Verbs – Talk about Travelling

Set off

Definition: to begin a journey and move towards a destination.

When you leave your house in order to travel somewhere, you can use the phrasal verb “set off”


Here are some examples:

  • We set off for the airport at 6am
  • Setting off early is always a good idea because the traffic might be bad
  • I can’t wait to set off on our summer trip next week.


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Get in

Definition: To arrive at a place

This is another way to say arrive, but we often use it to talk about public transport, like planes, busses or trains.


This is how you can use this idiom:

  • My flight gets in at 2pm
  • The bus should have gotten in at 6pm but it was delayed.
  • What time does your train get in tomorrow?


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Check in/out

Definition: to enter or leave a hotel

When you arrive at the hotel and register at the front desk, we say check in but when we leave a hotel we check out.


Check out these examples:

  • We can’t check in to the hotel until 3pm
  • We need to check out before 10am tomorrow or we will be charged extra.
  • What time did you check into the hotel?


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Pick up / Drop off

Definition: To meet someone at a place and take them to another place -or- take someone to a place and leave them there.

These have kinda of opposite meanings but they are often used together. They both basically mean to drive someone somewhere. 


Here are some examples:

  • Can you pick me up from the airport tomorrow?
  • The airport bus dropped me off at the hotel.
  • My friend dropped me off at the airport so I didn’t have to take the train.


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Look around

Definition: to explore a new place without a plan or tour guide.

Looking around a new place is a lot of fun. You might find something interesting that most people don’t know about because you can have the freedom to go anywhere.


Here are some examples:

  • Let’s go and take a look around the old town.
  • We spent the first day just looking around the stores and attractions. 
  • Do you like looking around when you visit a new place, or do you prefer a guided tour?


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