excursion

An excursion is taken more for pleasure than for practical reasons. Your business trip, when you spent most of the week waiting in airports and adjusting to different time zones, does not count as an excursion.

The Latin root for excursion is excurrere, meaning "to run out." So if you run out for a bit to get some fresh air, you've gone on an excursion. If you leave specifically to buy milk from the corner store and end up swimming in a stream, you've probably taken an excursion into the woods.

Definitions of excursion
  1. noun
    a journey taken for pleasure
    “many summer excursions to the shore”
    synonyms: expedition, jaunt, junket, outing, pleasure trip, sashay
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    types:
    airing
    a short excursion (a walk or ride) in the open air
    field trip
    a group excursion (to a museum or the woods or some historic place) for firsthand examination
    type of:
    journey, journeying
    the act of traveling from one place to another
  2. noun
    wandering from the main path of a journey
    synonyms: digression
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    type of:
    journey, journeying
    the act of traveling from one place to another
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