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Phrasal Verbs: 10 Phrasal Verbs about Travel to Help You Learn English Faster.

Phrasal Verbs: 10 Phrasal Verbs about Travel to Help You Learn English Faster.

In this video, Stephen explains 10 useful phrasal verbs about travel with examples. Each phrasal verbs is on screen with its grammatical type below. Happy English learning!


Hi guys my name is Stephen and in this video I’m going to show you 10 phrasal verbs about travel. Before we begin, I recommend you watch my video about the four types of phrasal verb. The link is on screen now. In this video, I explain the difference between transitive and intransitive phrasal verbs as well as separable and non-separable phrasal verbs. However, if you’re feeling confident about the different types of phrasal verbs, let’s begin.

A very useful phrasal verb when talking about travel is ‘to look forward to’. ‘To look forward to’ means ‘to be excited about something’ and ‘to really want to do it’. We use this phrasal verb in the present continuous tense. For example, ‘I am looking forward to my holiday in Italy next year’. You will also notice I said ‘holiday’. This is because I speak British English. An American would say ‘vacation’.

Another useful phrasal verb it is ‘to drop off’ and this is a transitive and separable phrasal verb. ‘To drop off’ means ‘to take somebody to the airport or the railway station or the place where they’re going to begin their journey’. For example, ‘I dropped off my dad at the airport’. This means ‘I took him in my car [ERM] and left him at the airport’.

Another useful phrasal verb about travel is ‘to see off’. ‘To see off’ means to go with somebody to the airport or to the railway station and to say goodbye to them’. For example, ‘I saw off my friend yesterday’ it means ‘I went with him to the airport and I said goodbye’. Notice that ‘see’ is an irregular verb in the past tense so I said ‘I saw off my friend’

After you have been dropped off and maybe your friends have come along to see you off, you need ‘to set off’. ‘To set off’ means to begin a journey. For example, ‘I set off at 9 a.m. this morning’. It is an intransitive verb and you will also notice that ‘set’ is an irregular verb in the past tense – it doesn’t change in fact.

When we arrive at the airport or at our hotel, we need ‘to check in’. When we check in we tell the hotel staff or the airport staff that we have arrived. We give them our name – our passport. [ERM] When you arrive at your hotel, you could say ‘hello I have a reservation and I would like to check in please’.

The opposite of ‘to check in’ is ‘to check out’ so on your last day in the hotel you can go to reception and tell the receptionist ‘hello I would like to check out’.

Once you have arrived at your destination, perhaps you have asked a friend ‘to pick you up’. ‘To pick someone up’ or ‘to pick up’ means ‘to go and collect them’. For example, I could say to you ‘I need to leave in five minutes. I’m going to pick up my sister at the airport’. ‘To pick up’ is a transitive and separable phrasal verb.

‘To take off’ is a phrasal verb which has several meanings. When we use it about travel, it means ‘when a plane begins to fly up into the air’. For example, ‘the plane will take off in 10 minutes’. ‘Take’ is an irregular verb and the past tense is ‘took’. For example, ‘the plane took off at ten o’clock this morning’.

When a plane lands, we say ‘it has touched down’ so the phrasal verb is ‘to touch down’. For example, I could say to you ‘our plane touched down without any problems’.

Once you have arrived at your destination, you will probably want ‘to look round’ or ‘look around’. What this means is you go for a walk, you take in the sights. For example, I could say to you ‘the first thing I always do when I arrive in a new city is look around or look round’. This phrasal verb can be transitive or intransitive. For example, if I wanted to use an object, I could say ‘I spent one hour looking around Paris’. In this case Paris is the object or I could simply say ‘I spent an hour looking around’.

Useful Links for Learning English

The British Council Learn English website.

The BBC Learn English website

English Club

Stephen’s website English Learning Expert

Live Mocha’s Learn English page

EngVid’s free English lessons

Anglo Link

Learn English with Ronnie

Rachel’s American English

Learn English with Jade
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  1. wiraldo

    Awesome video! Really useful! Thanks, Stephen!

  2. Marta Ryzhok

    Оh, I understood all of that))Thank you!Very clear and useful)

  3. Elizabeth

    It was very useful to remark if the verb was transitive or intransitive. I learnt a lot.

  4. M .Queen

    Really , you should be proud of your channel,,, i am looking forward your other & new videos ,,, it can make me happy when i watch ! good job & thanks a lot ^_^

  5. Hassan

    very useful video thank you so much…

  6. fatma fati

    thanks a lot of this amazing video i appreciate your efforts and i can't wait to see more
    anyways have a good day

  7. Sherizai Lalisan

    this is an awesome english learning video.very clear pronunciation and to that i can't for more

  8. Billy Jean

    I think your videos are brilliant :). Thanks for making them!

  9. Cleonice Moreira Alves

    This is my first time that im watching this video and i loved. Very good explanation. Thank you so much and i am your fan already. ;0)

  10. Michel Carmo (Januario)

    You have good books and useful videos

  11. noé Bispo

    Hi, thanks about this video. Best regards from Brazil

  12. 지연박

    Those words are useful not only on travel but also in my daily such as writing or speaking test in my school
    Thanks always:)