Travel Broadens the Mind

We often say:

Travel broadens the mind

That means the experiences we have increase our knowledge and understanding.

Look at these phrases:

Travel broadens the mind.
Travel expands our horizons.
Travel broadens our experience.
Travel broadens our experience of life.

The four phrases above mean roughly the same thing.

Let’s make some longer sentences:

Some people travel to broaden their minds.
Some people travel to expand their horizons.
Some people travel to increase their knowledge of the world.
Some people travel to broaden their experience of life.

These sentences mean roughly the same thing.

Note that the word “travel” in the sentence: “Travel broadens the mind,” is a noun but the word “travel” in the sentence: “Some people travel to broaden their minds”, is a verb.

It is important to take note of the distinction between a noun and a verb.

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There are other nouns which we use when we talk about the topic of travel. Look at these phrases:

a trip
a business trip
a long trip
a journey
a long journey
a sentimental journey
international travel
overseas travel

Note the word “travel” as a noun in the phrases “International travel” and “overseas travel” has no article. This is because it is generally used as a non-count noun in grammar. That means we don’t say: “A travel” or “Did you have a good travel?” However, we do say:

Did you have a good trip?


Did you have a pleasant journey?

It is possible to use the plural form: “travels” in a question like:

“Did you get to Africa in your travels?”

if you are talking to a well-traveled person but we usually use the noun “travel” as the topic of conversation.

We use it as a non-count noun so we might say:

I like travel.
Travel is amazing.
Travel broadens the mind.

Link to Listening: Living Overseas and Coming Back

Travel and Traveling

There is another noun that is used instead of “travel”:

I like travel.
I like traveling.

The Use of the Infinitive

People also say:

I like to travel.

The Topic of Travel

If we talk about the general topic of travel, we use the word “travel” but if we talk about a particular journey then we use countable nouns like “trip and “journey”.

I went on a business trip last year.
I have been on five business tripos already this year.
I had a long trip and I am very tired.

Trip and Journey – Collocation

Note that we never say: a business journey. We always say “a business trip” and we never say “a business journey”. There is no reason for this.

This phenomenon in language is called collocation. It means certain words are located together in phrases but certain words are not. For example we always say: “a black and white photo” but we never say “a white and black photo”.

A trip is a journey between point A and point B. The word has the simple connotation of distance.

“Journey” is more varied in meaning. It can be technical or official in written English when we purchase a ticket for:

a return journey

but it can also be romantic and descriptive in its connotations.

We talk ab out a sentimental journey but we don’t usually say “sentimental trip.” Of course everybody would understand if you said:

I went on a sentimental trip.

But it is more usual to say:

I went on a sentimental journey.


Where did you go on your first overseas journey?
Which countries have you travelled to?
Have you ever been on a business trip?
Has travel broadened your mind?

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