IDIOMS relacionados a travel


all hands on deck – immediate involvement of everyone present
asleep at the wheel – not attentive
at a crossroads – at a point where an important decision must be made
at fork in the road – at a point where an important decision must be made
backseat driver – a passenger in a car who gives unwanted advice/someone who gives unwanted advice
cart before horse – in the wrong order
clear the decks – to prepare for a task by getting rid of or tidying up anything that might hinder the process
cool your jets! – calm down!
country mile – a long distance
fifth wheel – someone who is superfluous
full throttle – using all the available power
highways and byways – major and minor roads
in the driver’s seat – in charge/control
in the same boat – in similar (often difficult) circumstances
itchy feat – boredom/restlessness
like ships that pass in the night – people who meet fleetingly and who are unlikely to see each other again
middle of the road – bland/moderate/unadventurous
my way or the highway – there is no alternative way to the way I want to do things
off the back of a lorry – stolen goods
off the beaten track/path – an isolated or undiscovered place/away from where is popular
on the home stretch – approaching the end of a task
on the right/wrong track – close to/far from achieving your goal
right up my alley/street – something I would be interested in
road rage – anger or violence towards other drivers
third wheel – someone who tags along with a couple

Idioms can make the English language sound completely crazy, so to get to grips with learning English, we’re going through some common idioms. Take a look at some travel themed idioms you might hear when you’re out and about.

1. Right up my alley
This means that something is just what you wanted, or appeals to you strongly. You might use it if you see something you like.

E.g. “That movie looks like it’s right up my alley, I’d love to go and see it.”

2. Whatever floats your boat
This is used as a response to some choices you may be given, where you are happy to go with whatever the other person wants.

E.g. If you are asked, “Shall we eat in, or get a take away?” you can respond, “I don’t mind – whatever floats your boat.”

3. Jump ship
This means to reject or abandon something, especially if you have been involved in it for a long time. It suggests there is no chance of changing your mind or going back to it.

E.g. “The tour didn’t take place in the end, because the main leader decided to jump ship.”

4. Train of thought
This describes the sequence of thoughts in your mind, especially if it is quite complicated. You often use this phrase when you are interrupted and forget what you were thinking about.

E.g. “I completely lost my train of thought when the phone rang.”

5. Step up a gear
This is used when an action needs to be intensified or improved, such as telling someone to work harder or faster.

E.g. “You need to step up a gear if you want to get dinner ready in time.”

Learn English Idioms
This is a list of English idioms arranged in categories. For a list arranged in alphabetical order click here

This is a list of idioms about travel

live out of a suitcase
any port in a storm
at the wheel
backseat driver
desert a sinking ship
drive a hard bargain
drive someone up the wall
fall off the back of a lorry
fifth wheel
highways and byways
hit the road
hitch one’s wagon to a star
in the same boat
itchy feet
jump on the bandwagon
jump the lights
make one’s way
miss the boat
my way or the highway
off the beaten track
off the wagon
on the wagon
paddle one’s own canoe
put the cart before the horse
put the pedal to the metal
road rage
sail through something
take for a ride
trip the light fantastic
wheels fall off


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