Travel Idioms

With spring rounding to a close and the thought of summer weather on everyone's mind, we thought it would be the perfect time to return to our idiom series and explore some common travel-related idioms. When you’re learning English, you’re sure to come across these idioms in every day conversation. And you’d be surprised how many idioms involve forms of transportation, from trains to cars and boats.

Take a look and see which ones you’ve seen before and which ones are entirely new to you, then challenge yourself to incorporate them into your every day English. Have you seen any of these before? Take a look!


At a crossroads

travel idioms – at a crossroads

Meaning: a situation that requires someone to make an important choice


Circle the wagons

travel idioms – circle the wagons

Meaning: to provide cover under attack, especially against criticism


In the driver’s seat

travel idioms – in the driver's seat

Meaning: being in control of a situation, just like you would be if you were driving a car


In the same boat

travel idioms – in the same boat

Meaning: the be the same unpleasant situation as someone else

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Jump on the bandwagon

travel idioms – jump on the bandwagon

Meaning: to become part of a popular movement or idea


Put the brakes on

travel idioms - put the brakes on

Meaning: to cause someone to stop doing something


Ship has sailed

travel idioms – ship has sailed

Meaning: the opportunity to do something has passed


Train of thought

travel idioms – train of thought

Meaning: a series of similar thoughts or connected ideas


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