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Trip is common as a noun to refer to a journey. Like journey, it is a count noun, and can be singular or plural:

Bob and Lana met on a trip to the Caribbean.
Our family has taken many trips together.

How do we embark on this inner journey to understand ourselves?
In your journeys throughout the world, have you found the meaning of happiness?

A trip is routine, and, you might be able to buy a ticket for it. A journey is somewhat more poetic, and can refer to more spiritual things.

Travel is common as a verb meaning to go from one place to another. Journey is a verb with the same meaning, but is more formal or poetic:

John travels a lot in his business.
Melissa has traveled all over the world.

Naomi journeyed in the United States for three years, finding herself.
She journeyed on horseback through Africa and Turkey for one hundred days.

Travel as a noncount noun is the activity of traveling. Journey does NOT occur as a noncount noun, nor does trip:

Travel is broadening.
Travel is difficult in that region; the roads are bad and there is no airport.

Neither journey nor trip can be substituted for travel in the two sentences above.

Travel as a count noun occurs in the plural, but not in the singular:

In all your travels, have you ever seen such beautiful scenery?
He has accumulated 245 city maps for his map collection in his travels through 60 countries.

Journeys or trips could be substituted for travels in these sentences. However, the preposition that precedes "travel" is "in," while the preposition that precedes "journeys" or "trips" is "on":

ON all your journeys/ trips, have you ever seen such beautiful scenery?
He has accumulated 245 city maps for his map collection ON his journeys/ trips through 60 countries
A common problem occurs when a speaker wants to make travel a singular count noun, as in:

They took *a travel.
On my *travel to Antarctica, I saw several kinds of penguins.
Jack is out of town on *a travel.

These three sentences above are not correct. For these sentences, you would probably use "trip." You might use "journey" in a special situation descriptive of a longer and more purposeful adventure.


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