journey: ✓ a journey ✗ *a travel*

By | September 12, 2016
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Peace is a journey of a thousand miles and it must be taken one step at a time.
La pace è un viaggio lungo mille miglia e deve essere affrontato un passo alla volta.
- Lyndon B. Johnson
✓ What a journey! Nightmare traffic, the kids argued from start to finish, and then we got lost!
✗ What *a travel*! Nightmare traffic, the kids argued the whole time, and then we got lost!
Che viaggio! Traffico da incubo, i bambini hanno litigato tutto il tempo, e poi ci siamo persi!
Travel broadens the mind.
(Il) Viaggiare allarga la mente.
When we go from one place to another, this is a journey. We can speak about a single journey:
✓ To save you a journey, I'll take it to him tomorrow if you like.
✗ To save you *a travel*, I'll take it to him tomorrow if you like.
Per farti risparmiare un viaggio, glielo porto domani se vuoi.
or about journeys:
✓ Children can get bored on long journeys.
✗ Children can get bored on long *travels*.
I bambini si annoiano spesso durante i viaggi lunghi.
We also use journey in a figurative sense:
My journey of recovery from alcohol addiction was long and hard.
Il mio percorso di recupero dall’alcoolismo è stato lungo e difficile.
Travel can be an uncountable noun in a general sense:
Travel makes one modest. One sees what a tiny place one occupies in the world.
Viaggiare rende umile. Uno vede quant'è minuscolo il posto che occupa nel mondo.
(Gustave Flaubert)
or a verb:
To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.
Viaggiare è scoprire che tutti hanno torto riguardo altri paesi.
(Aldous Huxley)
Travel cannot be a singular, countable noun. We can’t say, for example, *a travel*:
✓ Have a good journey!
✗ Have *a* good travel!
Buon viaggio!
Notice that travel is commonly used as an adjective in compound nouns, so we can say a travel agent, a travel blog, etc. Some examples:

travel_compound_combinations
Finally, we may speak about someone's travels in a general sense:
✓ I've met all kinds of interesting people on my travels.
Ho conosciuto persone interessanti di ogni tipo durante i miei viaggi.

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