Travel Phrasal Verbs

One of my favorite activities while traveling is connecting with people from different nationalities and different backgrounds. In an airport, I feel like I am stepping outside of space and time, where cultures mingle and every person is looking forward to a new adventure or a homecoming. Getting a new perspective, a fresh idea, or making an important new contact is just a conversation away.

As the universal language, English is the bridge that makes these connections possible – and there are enough things for you to think about without having to worry about the phrasal verbs used in the journey. We put together a list of phrasal verbs to make traveling simple and enjoyable. Which phrasal verbs did you already know, and which ones are new to you?

Drop off – to take someone to a departure site and leave them there
I’ll drop you off at the airport and pick you up on Friday.

Check in – Arrive and register at a hotel or departure site
We need to check in at least 2 hours before departure.

Set off – Start a journey
We set off for London just after ten.

Pick up
– for an individual to meet at the airport and take them to their destination
Everyone needs to arrange to have someone pick them up from the airport at 7:00 p.m.

Set out – To begin a journey, especially a long journey
She set out on Thursday and won’t be back in the office until Monday.

Take off – when a plane leaves the ground and gets into the air
The flight is delayed and will take off an hour late.

Get away – Escape a place for a break or holiday
After this project proposal, I will get away with my family for a couple of weeks.

Hurry up – to rush and not waste time
If we don’t hurry up we will miss our connecting flight.

See off – to go the place someone is leaving from to say goodbye
They went to the airport to see (their friend) off.

Look forward – to look forward to something that is going to happen in the future
I am looking forward to exploring New York.

Hold up – Delay when traveling
Sorry I’m late – I was held up at work.

Stop over – Stay somewhere for a short time during a long journey
I’m going to try and stop over in Paris on my way home.