Phrasal Verbs: Travel

Once a year around the beginning of August when the city starts to feel less like the busy capital and more like a slow and cozy southern town I leave town to take a break from my beloved job. This year, my vacation brought me to Berlin, Vienna and Santorini in Greece; while Berlin and Vienna, one of my hometowns, were all about friends and food; Greece has always been a place where I can exhale and relax completely. Santorini, especially, is like paradise; a dreamy destination island in the Cyclades. It is so photogenic that even I can take beautiful photos there even though I am certainly not a talented photographer. The phenomenal views of Santorini's volcanic caldera are simply magnificent and so dreamy that I just had to share them with you.

Below I have created an English lesson about travel phrasal verbs with a number of my vacation photos because, of course, this cannot simply be a travel blog entry I have to add an English teaching component as well. So please enjoy the beauty of Santorini. May it inspire you to study up on your phrasal verbs:

1) To get away = to escape from your usual life: work etc. 
Example: I sometimes have to get away from the city. 
Note: We can use get away also as a noun = a getaway, or a weekend getaway
Example: I went to the beach for a weekend getaway.

2) To set off on a journey = to leave for a journey, trip etc. 
Example: We set off on our road trip last Friday.

3) To get on a train/bus/plane/ferry etc. = to take a train etc. 
Example: When I got on the train in Vienna, it felt like saying goodbye to an old friend.

4) To check in = to arrive at a hotel, say who you are and get the key to your room
Example: Peter, we still need to check in before we can go up to our room.

5) To check out = to leave the hotel and return the key
Example: Peter, do you know when we need to check out? Is it 11 or 12 o'clock?

6) To pull into a train station/ bus station = to arrive (NOTE: We use "into" when we add the location and simply say "pull in" without the location, e.g. the train was pulling in when we arrived.) 
Example: The train pulled into the station just in time for us.

7) To pull out of the train station/bus station = to leave
Example: The train was pulling out of the train station when we arrived that is why we missed it.

8) A layover (noun) = a break between flights, bus trips
Example: On our flight to Barcelona, we had a layover in Iceland of about two hours.

9) To take off = to begin to fly
Example: The plane took off on time, and we were off on our way to Nairobi.


10) To touch down = to land on the ground
Example: The plane touched down at 5am in the morning.

11) To stop over = to stay somewhere between connecting flights (NOTE: also used as a noun: a stopover-> for example: We had a stopover in Dubai on our way to Shanghai.) 
Example: We stopped over in Dubai on our way to Shanghai.

Marike Korn