If you're looking for a more refined word to call your latest drive to the beach or trip to the mall, try journey — a noun that describes travel from one place to another.

From the Old French journée, meaning a “day’s work or travel,” journey doubles as both noun and verb. The noun simply refers to a voyage; the verb is the act of taking that voyage. So you can journey across the Sahara, or tell friends about your journey across the desert if you make it back alive. Either way, you should always remember that life is a journey, not a destination.

Definitions of journey
  1. noun
    the act of traveling from one place to another
    synonyms: journeying
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    a regular journey of some distance to and from your place of work
    drive, ride
    a journey in a vehicle (usually an automobile)
    long haul
    a journey over a long distance
    a journey by dogsled
    a long wandering and eventful journey
    a journey for some purpose (usually including the return)
    passage, transit
    a journey usually by ship
    a journey organized for a particular purpose
    digression, excursion
    wandering from the main path of a journey
    schlep, shlep
    a tedious or difficult journey
    a journey by ox wagon (especially an organized migration by a group of settlers)
    circuit, tour
    a journey or route all the way around a particular place or area
    pilgrim's journey, pilgrimage
    a journey to a sacred place
    excursion, expedition, jaunt, junket, outing, pleasure trip, sashay
    a journey taken for pleasure
    a journey to some distant place
    a journey or passage
    a walking trip or tour
    a scheduled trip by plane between designated airports
    a trip taken by an official at public expense
    round trip
    a trip to some place and back again
    a regular trip
    a short trip
    a ride in a car
    a ride in a car taken solely for pleasure
    a short drive in a car
    scouting trip
    an expedition undertaken to gain information
    campaign, hunting expedition, safari
    an overland journey by hunters (especially in Africa)
    exploration, geographic expedition
    to travel for the purpose of discovery
    any long and difficult trip
    grand tour
    a sightseeing tour of a building or institution
    grand tour
    an extended cultural tour of Europe taken by wealthy young Englishmen (especially in the 18th century) as part of their education
    journeying from place to place preaching or lecturing; a preaching tour or lecturing tour
    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
    a voyage across a body of water (usually across the Atlantic Ocean)
    passage through a lock in a canal or waterway
    space travel, spacefaring, spaceflight
    a voyage outside the Earth's atmosphere
    a short trip that is taken in the performance of a necessary task or mission
    package holiday, package tour
    a tour arranged by a travel agent; transportation and food and lodging are all provided at an inclusive price
    pub crawl
    a tour of bars or public houses (usually taking one drink at each stop)
    whistle-stop tour
    a tour by a candidate as part of a political campaign in which a series of small towns are visited
    service call
    a trip made by a repairman to visit the location of something in need of service
    hadj, haj, hajj
    the fifth pillar of Islam is a pilgrimage to Mecca during the month of Dhu al-Hijja; at least once in a lifetime a Muslim is expected to make a religious journey to Mecca and the Kaaba
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    travel, traveling, travelling
    the act of going from one place to another
  2. verb
    undertake a journey or trip
    synonyms: travel
    travel upon or across
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    make a tour of a certain place
    travel all over the world for pleasure and sightseeing
    ride in or travel with a sledge
    navigate, sail, voyage
    travel on water propelled by wind or by other means
    make a long and difficult journey
    journey on foot, especially in the mountains
    navigate in space
    sail or travel about for pleasure, relaxation, or sightseeing
    take the road
    give theatrical performances while traveling from town to town
    see, visit
    go to see a place, as for entertainment
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    jaunt, travel, trip
    make a trip for pleasure
  3. verb
    travel upon or across
    synonyms: travel
    undertake a journey or trip
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    traverse or travel on (a body of water)
    travel by ship
    ride over, along, or through
    travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft
    drive around aimlessly but ostentatiously and at leisure
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
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