Check out these travel idioms with travel and transport related verbs.
Driving means to operate/be in control of a motor vehicle. It can also be a noun e.g.
- Let’s go for a drive in the countryside.
Note – If you’re talking about a motorbike, we use the verb ‘ride’. This has to do with the preposition used. You sit IN a car/lorry/bus etc. however, you sit ON a bike.
Fly as a verb means to move through the air. This can be using wings from a machine like an aeroplane of from an animal like a bird.
Fun fact – Fly is also a noun, it’s the zip on the crotch of trousers and a small flying insect.
It can also be used to describe a cool, good-looking person. You must have heard of the song by Offspring?
Ride as a verb means to sit on or in (dam prepositions!) a vehicle or an animal and control the movement.
Fun fact – Ride can also be used as a noun, it means a journey by vehicle or animal or a mechanical machine at a fair/amusement park e.g.
- Are you driving? Can I grab a ride? (In British English, we say ‘lift’)
- I’m not going on that ride; it looks really scary.
To sail means to be in control of a boat with sails. It moves through the water with the help of the wind.
FUN FACT – Sail is pronounced the same as ‘sale’. Words that are pronounced the same but have different meaning and/or spelling are called homophones.
Travel means to move from one place to another. This could be within your own country or to a different country.