10+1 traveling phrasal verbs in English + video

You know how cool it is to travel to new places, right? Well, learning traveling phrasal verbs in English is super important because it helps you talk about your adventures and experiences in a more exciting and understandable way! Phrasal verbs are like special words that show actions and movements, and when it comes to traveling, they help describe what we do when we explore new cities or go on adventures.

Imagine you’re telling a story about a trip you took. If you say, “We set off early in the morning,” it means you started your journey early. Or if you say, “We ran into a friend from school,” it means you unexpectedly met your friend. Learning these phrasal verbs makes your travel tales more interesting and vivid! Plus, when you talk to people from different countries, using these phrases helps you communicate better and make new friends easily!

So, by learning traveling phrasal verbs like “set off,” “run into,” or “check in,” you’ll be able to share your amazing travel stories and understand others’ adventures too! It’s like unlocking a secret code that makes your travel experiences even more awesome and fun to talk about with everyone!

Learning English vocabulary is not possible without learning phrasal verbs. That is why in this lesson, we are going to learn 11 phrasal verbs for travelling that you can use when talking about trips and holidays. Make sure you also watch the video and download the PDF summary of this lesson! Now, let’s begin.

To see somebody off

To see somebody off” means to go to an airport or a station to say goodbye to somebody who’s traveling.

Imagine your friend is going to immigrate. What would you do? If you’re a good friend and have spare time, you would see them off.

It means you would go to the airport with them and you say goodbye. Pay attention to this example:

  • They have gone to the airport to see their son off.

It means the parents have gone to the airport and want to say goodbye to their son who is probably going to another country.

To see somebody off


Here are some other examples:

  • He’s got to see me off. I’m leaving in an hour and he hasn’t arrived yet!
  • He came to see us off. He also bought some gifts for us!

To see somebody off


To set off

set off” is another way of saying to start or to begin a journey. For example:

  • We will set off for Paris at night.

to set off

It means we will start our journey to Paris at night. Remember, this is how we use this travelling phrasal verb: set off + for + place. For example:

  • Set off for Paris.
  • Set off for New York.


to set off



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To get on (Bus, Plane, Train)

“Get on” means to enter a public means of transport. You can use this traveling phrasal verb for planes, trains, and buses. Such as the examples below:

  • Get on the plane.
  • Get on the train.
  • Get on the bus.


to get on bus


For plane you can also say:

  • To board the plane (= to get on the plane)

to get on bus


To get in (car, taxi)

For cars and taxis, we use “get in”. Look at this examples:

  • Get in the car, we are late! Hurry up!
  • I’m running late. I need to get in a taxi!

to get in the car


to get in car / taxi


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To take off

One of the meanings of “take off” is for the clothes, such as this sentence:

  • It’s really hot. I have to take off this sweater.


to take off


But when “take off” is used to talk about traveling, it can be used for an airplane that is leaving the airport. Let’s see some examples:

  • What time is the plane taking off?
  • The plane is taking off at around midnight.
  • It’s only an hour before the plane takes off.

to take off



To get off (plane, bus, train)

“To get off” means to exit or to go out. This traveling phrasal verb can be used for bus, plane, and train. Pay attention to these sentences:

  • Get off the bus. This is your station!
  • You’ll never get off this train alive!
  • Get off the plane. We need to go to the baggage claim.
  • We got off the plane at around 11.


to get off the bus




To pick somebody up

“To pick somebody up” means to let somebody get into your car take them somewhere that they want to go. For example:

  • The hotel shuttle will pick you up after you get off the plane.


To pick somebody up


It means the shuttle is waiting for you and will take you to the hotel when you arrive. Have a look at these examples:

  • Pick me up at 7:30 in front of my apartment.
  • Where are you now? Do you want me to come pick you up?

to pick somebody up


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To drop somebody off

“Drop somebody off” means to take somebody to a place and then leave them there. Look at these examples:

  • The shuttle will drop us off exactly in front of the hotel.
  • Could you drop me off at school?
  • I’ll drop you off at work.


To drop somebody off

to drop somebody off


To check in at a hotel

“To check in at a hotel” means to give your identity documents to take the keys and to go to your room. For example:

  • When you want to check in at a hotel, you need to show your ID card.
  • I’ll check into the hotel and then I’ll give you a call.

To check in at a hotel


To check in at a hotel


To check out

“Check out” means to leave the hotel and put the keys back where they were to get your ID card. Pay attention to this example:

  • The check-out was at 12 but we left at 11.

It means at 12 we had to give up the room, but we left one hour earlier.

To check out


to check out



To get away

“Get away” means to take a vacation and to leave everything behind. In other words, it means to leave your problems behind, and get away from them for a few days! Take a look at the sentences below:

  • I’m very busy these days and I’m tired. I just want to get away for a few days.
  • Christmas is ahead of us. I would love to get away for a few days.
  • Maybe we get away this weekend. What do you think?


To get away

to get away


Now that you are familiar with these 11 traveling phrasal verbs, I want to use them all in a story:

Last Christmas I really wanted to get away for a few days. My girlfriend and I packed and got ready to set off for the beautiful city of Rome. We went to the airport and our parents saw us off. We got on the plane, the plane took off with two hours of delay, but we were excited. When we got off the plane, the hotel shuttle picked us up and after an hour of driving, dropped us off in front of the hotel. Then, we checked in and had five memorable days and nights in the magnificent city of Rome. Finally, we checked out and went to the airport to go back home.


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I hope you’ve enjoyed this lesson and learned all the traveling phrasal verbs! Leave a reply and let me know what you think!

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