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How to Say Travel in 100 Different Languages

Do you want to learn how to say travel in different languages? If so, you have come to the right spot! 

Travel is the gift that ties all cultures together, and helps us learn from one another. As such, this post provides a list of how to say travel in different languages. I speak three languages, and study linguistics as much as I can. I personally think that the more we know about how others describe the world, the better we will be.

This post begins with the top 25 most spoken languages and then breaks up each of the remaining languages by continent of origin.

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The Definition of Travel

For the sake of this post, we are covering the noun travel. The meaning (in English) is as follows: Travel can be defined as the act of moving from one geographical location to another, typically over a considerable distance. It involves exploration, experiencing different cultures, cuisines, traditions, and landscapes. Travel can also be seen as a journey of personal growth and self-discovery, allowing individuals to expand their horizons, gain new perspectives, and create lasting memories.

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Travel in Different Languages: The Top 25 Most Spoken Languages

I’m starting off this post with the languages that are most spoken around the globe, and therefore the most useful languages to know if you are studying a foreign language. 

1. Mandarin: 旅行 (Lǚxíng)

Spoken in: China and Taiwan

2. Spanish: el viaje (vee-ah-hey)

Spoken in over 18 countries and territories, including Spain, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, and Puerto Rico

3. English: travel

English is a major language in the US, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. 

4. Arabic: السفر  (alsafar)   

Arabic is spoken in 25 countries, but the language does differ greatly from African countries (e.g., Morocco, Algiria) to the Gulf / Middle East countries (e.g., Kuwait, the UAE). Egyptian Arabic is most commonly taught as a “neutral” version that can be understood by the majority of speakers. 

5. Hindi: यात्रा (yaatra)

Hindi is one of the official languages of India (alongside English).

6. Portuguese: a viagem

Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and East Timor. 

7. Bengali: একটি ভ্রমণ (Ēkaṭi bhramaṇa)

Spoken in Northeastern India and Bangladesh. 

8. Russian: поездка (poyezdka)

Russia is the official language of Russia, Belarus, Kyrgystan, and Kazakhstan, and spoken in several former Soviet countries. 

9. Japanese: 旅 (tabi)

Japan is the official language of Japan and spoken widely in Hawaii too. 

10. Landha (Western Punjabi): ਯਾਤਰਾ (Yātarā)

Landha is spoken in parts of Pakistan and India. 

11. Vietnamese: du lịch

Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam. 

12. Turkish: seyahat

Turkish is the official language of Turkey and also spoken in nearby countries such as Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, and more. 

13. Marathi: Pravāsa

Marathi is spoken in western and central India (including Mumbai).

14. Telugu: ప్రయాణం (Prayāṇaṁ)

Telugu is spoken in Southern India.

15. Malay: perjalanan itu

Malay is spoken primarily in Malaysia, and some neighboring countries. 

16. Korean: 여행 (yeohaeng)

Korean is spoken in both North Korea and South Korea. 

17. French: le voyage

French is the official language of 28 countries, including France, Benin, Congo, Monaco, Senegal, and more. 

18. Tamil: அந்த பயணம் (Anta payaṇam)

Tamil is the official language of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. 

19. German: die Reise

The German langauge is official in German, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. It also is widely spoken in the Italian province of South Tyrol, Luxembourg, and Belgium. 

20. Urdu: سفر (sufuh)

Urdu is the national language of Pakistan, and it has strong lexical similarity to Hindi (both derived from ancient Sanskrit). 

21. Javanese: lelungan

Javanese is the official language of Indonesia. 

22. Italian: il viaggio

Italian is the official language of Italy, as well as San Marino, and certain provinces in Switzerland. It is the closest language to ancient Latin. 

23. Farsi: سفر

Farsi is also known as Persian, and is the official language of Iran. 

24. Gujarati: પ્રવાસ (Pravāsa)

Gujarati is primarily spoken in the Indian state of Gujarat. 

25. Pashto: سفر

Pashto is spoken in Afganistan, Pakistan, and Iran. 

Travel in Different Languages: African Languages

26. Afrikaans: die reis

27. Amharic: ጉዞው (guzowi)

28. Bambara: taama in na

28. Fulani: yaadu

29. Hausa: tafiyar

30.Igbo: njem ahụ

31. Malagasy: ny dia

32. Oromo: imala sana

33. Shona: kufamba

34. Somali: safarka

35. Sudanese: perjalanan

36. Swahili: safari

37. Tigrinya: ምጉዓዝ

38. Twi: akwantuo

39. Xhosa: uhambo

40.Yoruba: irin-ajo naa

41. Zulu: uhambo

Travel in Different Languages: Asian Languages

42. Armenian: ճանապարհորդություն (chanaparhordut’yun)

43. Assamese: ভ্ৰমণ

44. Azerbaijani: səyahət

45. Burmese: ခရီးသွား (hkareeswarr)

46. Cantonese: 去旅行 (hoi loi hung)

47. Cebuano: ang pagbiyahe

48. Filipino: paglalakbay

49. Georgian: მოგზაურობა (mogzauroba)

50. Hebrew: לִנְסוע (keday lensoa)

51. Indonesian: bepergian

52. Kannada: ಪ್ರಯಾಣ (Prayāṇa)

53. Kazakh: саяхат (sayaxat)

54. Khmer: ការធ្វើដំណើរ (kar thveudamnaer)

55. Kurdish: gerrîn

56. Kyrgyz: саякат (sayakat)

57. Laotian: ທ່ອງທ່ຽວ (thong thiav)

58. Mongolian: аялал (ayalal)

59. Nepali: यात्रा (Yātrā)

60. Sinhala: සංචාරය (saṁcāraya)

61. Thai: การท่องเที่ยว (Kār th̀xngtheī̀yw)

62. Turkmen: syýahat

63. Uzbek: sayohat

Travel in Different Languages: European Languages

64. Albanian: udhëtimin

65. Basque: bidaia

66. Bosnian: putovanje

67. Bulgarian: пътуването (pŭtuvaneto)

68. Catalan: el viatge

69. Corsican: u viaghju

70. Croatian: putovanje

71. Czech: cestování

72. Danish: rejsen

73. Dutch: de reis

74. Estonian: reisimine

75. Finnish: matkaa

76. Galician: a viaxe

77. Greek: το ταξίδι (to taxídi)

78. Hungarian: az utazás

79. Icelandic: ferðalagið

80. Irish: an taistil

81. Latin: de peregrinatione

82. Lithuanian: kelionė

83. Luxembourgish: d’Rees

84. Macedonian: патувањето (patuvanjeto)

85. Maltese: l-ivvjaġġar

86. Norwegian: reisen

87. Polish: Podróż

88. Scottish Gaelic: an siubhal

89. Swedish: resan

90. Ukranian: подорож (podorozh)

91. Western Frisian: de reis

92. Welsh: y teithio

Travel in Different Languages: North American Languages

93. Hatian Creole: vwayaj la

94. Nahuatl: nenemi

Travel in Different Languages: Oceanic Languages

95. Hawaiian: ka huakaʻi

96. Maori: Te Haerenga

97. Samoan: le malaga

Travel in Different Languages: South American Languages

98. Aymara: ukatsti uka viaje

99. Guarani: Pe Jeguata

100. Southern Quechua: chay puriyta

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The Best Apps and Resources for Language Learning

If you are interested in learning a new language, here are a few apps and resources I think may be the most helpful to you:


As I mentioned in my post on Spanish phrases, practicing is really key to feeling comfortable using a new language. You can practice with native speakers by using my favorite language resource, iTalki. On this site you can practice with a tutor, formal teacher, or others just seeking to do a language exchange (for free!). It is hands down the best way to expand your language skills. 


This app is best for improving your reading comprehension. And believe it or not, improving your reading comprehension is maybe the best way to consistently expand your vocabulary. (Consider how babies learn languages). On this app, you are provided with videos that come with captions to help you pick up on the vocabulary that you hear. Try Lingopie today!


While I can’t recommend Duolingo alone for learning a langauge, I recommend using this free app to expand and practice your vocabulary in a new language. Note, there is a paid option, but I think the free version is all that you need with this one. 


Even better for building vocabulary is Drops, in my opinion. It has a variety of more real-life categories that you can opt for yourself to learn from. You do have to pay an annual fee, but it is absolutely worth it. 

Google Translate

If you don’t have time to learn a language before you travel. I recommend using one of the best translation apps out there – Google Translate. This app does wanders for picking up live conversations so you can chat with people like taxi drivers or other new friends in the local language. Even if it is a little indirect. 

FAQs About Travel in Different Languages

What is the root word for travel?

The root word for “travel” is derived from the Old French word “travailler,” which means “to work, labor, toil, or journey.” Interestingly, it originally denoted the strenuous nature of medieval journeying. Hence, travel inherently carries the essence of a laborious journey.

What is the word for longing for travel?

The word for longing for travel is “wanderlust.” Wanderlust can also be described as a wistful longing for travel as well. 

What is the Old English word for travel?

The Old English word for travel is “faran,” which essentially means to journey or to go. It conveys the sense of moving from one place to another, much like the modern term ‘travel’.

What are 10 synonyms for travel?


What are some wanderlust synonyms?

Travel itch
Desire to travel
Travel bug
Itchy feet
Exploration obsession
Journeying passion

In Summary | Travel in Different Languages

I hope that this post has inspired you to explore languages more, or at the very least, inspired you to experience a bit of wanderlust. Learning how to say words like travel in different languages is the start to breaking down language barriers and is a great way to get to know new people in any new place. I hope you will now begin to channel your love of travel into something fruitful, such as learning a second language. 

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