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Vocabulary 28 - Words Related to Travel
Travel is a popular pastime which has contributed many words to the English language.

Vocabulary 28 - Words Related to Travel

Travel between two places has always fascinated human beings and probably started with the first man and woman. There are many stirring stories that are recorded in history which tell us that, whatever the period, travel has been an integral part of any society. In India we are taught in our history lessons that great travellers such as Megasthenes from Greece graced Chandragupta Maurya’s court 2300 years ago. Over 1600 years ago the Chinese scholar Fa-Hien visited India to study Buddhism. Without the inquisitiveness of Christopher Columbus would America be the same place that it is today?

Travel in the olden days was predominantly an activity to search for new trade opportunities and to locate new trade routes. Over a period of time travel became a means to understand more about religion and culture in far off lands. With an increase in travel came the development of new modes of transport. Ships and horses were once the main methods of transport but in time we saw the emergence of trains, automobiles and finally aeroplanes.

Just as Marco Polo, James Cook or Sir Richard Burton were great travellers, we must also acknowledge the feats of Yuri Gagarin, the first man into space and Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. We have all read about the exploits of the space scientists in sending vehicles to other planets. Vehicles from Earth have visited all of the planets in our solar system - that's a long way to travel!

Today travel has become a great leisure activity and people undertake travel for a variety of reasons, including visiting new places and seeing for themselves places of historical significance. Travel has its own contributions to make to society and the English language is one of the main beneficiaries. Travel has contributed many things to the language including many new words which have entered the vocabulary. Take the quiz that follows and learn some more words related to travel.
1.
Choose the word that is related to travel from the following list.
Racket
Hitch-hike
Sailboard
Skis
To 'hitch-hike' is to travel between two places by soliciting a free ride from some unknown person in a vehicle. The words in other options are all equipment used to play games; a 'racket' (or 'racquet') in tennis, a 'sailboard' in windsurfing and 'skis' in skiing
2.
Choose the word that is related to travel from the following list.
Xanadu
Microwave
X-ray
Gamma ray
'Xanadu' is a legendary city in Mongolia. The word has entered the English language to mean a beautiful and luxurious, exotic place. The words in the other options are all related to electromagnetic radiation. 'Microwaves' can be used to cook food, 'x-rays' are used by doctors to see what is happening inside our bodies and 'gamma' rays are very dangerous to our health and come from nuclear reactions
3.
Choose the word that is related to travel from the following list.
Portmanteau
Bricks
Steel
Paint
A 'portmanteau' is a kind of suitcase that opens into two halves used for carrying clothes while travelling. The words in the other options are related to construction; 'bricks' for building walls, 'steel' for making skyscrapers and 'paint' for decorating a building
4.
Choose the word that is related to travel from the following list.
Circumnavigation
Circumference
Incision
Excision
To 'circumnavigate' is to fly or sail all the way around the Earth. A 'circumference' is the distance around the edge of a circle, an 'incision' is a cut made to the body by a surgeon and an 'excision' is a process which removes a substance from a body
5.
Choose the word that is related to travel from the following list.
Otter
Potter
Jotter
Globetrotter
A 'globetrotter' is a person who undertakes travel periodically, visiting all parts of the globe. An 'otter' is an aquatic mammal, a 'potter' is a person who makes pottery and a 'jotter' is a small notebook
6.
Choose the word that is related to travel from the following list.
Scientist
Secretary
Promenade
Soldier
A 'promenade' is a public walkway usually found in seaside resorts. The words in the other options are all professions. A 'scientist' studies science, a 'secretary' works in an office and a 'soldier' serves in an army
7.
Choose the word that is related to travel from the following list.
Basket
Crate
Junket
Box
A 'junket' is a trip by people in authority funded by public money where, in the garb of public service, a pleasure trip is undertaken. The words in the other options are all different types of containers
8.
Choose the word that is related to travel from the following list.
Regimental
Departmental
Governmental
Intercontinental
An 'intercontinental' journey is one between two continents - say between New York in North America to London in Europe. The words in the other options are related to a regiment, department and government respectively
9.
Choose the word that is related to travel from the following list.
Primary
Itinerary
Secondary
Tertiary
An 'itinerary' contains details of a journey, such as how to travel, where to stay and what to see. 'Primary', 'secondary' and 'tertiary' are first, second and third in any sequence of events or attributes
10.
Choose the word that is related to travel from the following list.
Trout
Salmon
Bass
Marina
A 'marina' is a facility provided at waterfronts for docking of pleasure boats. The words in the other options are names of different kinds of fish, although 'bass' also means 'a low singing voice or instrument'
Author:  V T Narendra

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