Holidays and Travel
The word ‘holiday’ derives from Old English hāligdæg ‘holy day’ – a period of religious observance and/or rest from work. The word ‘holiday’ is synonymous with the word ‘vacation’. Similar in meaning, these two words generally describe a period of relaxation, leisure, travel and religious celebration and/or observance. ‘Vacation’ is seen to be an American English term, with ‘holiday’ being used in British English.
There are many types of holiday, from religious holidays such as Christmas and Ramadan, to school holidays such as half-term and summer holiday. Generally speaking the weekend is used for free time and leisure activities, with Sundays being a time of rest.
During a holiday season or period, people may stay at home (a ‘staycation’), travel to another part of their country of residence, or travel abroad.
As a noun, ‘travel’ generally means “the action of travelling”. ‘Tourism’ can mean “the orgaisation of hoildays, practice or activity of visiting places for pleasure or recreation”.
Whether you are visiting another country, or travelling to another part of the country you live in, you will need the right vocabulary to plan your holiday, e.g. who is travelling, what mode of transport you will use, when you will travel, where you’re travelling to, and how long you will be on holiday for.