Following this question, I would like to understand what is the difference between ramble and excursion? Does ramble and excursion have the same meaning? When should I choose to use each of them?

  • [correction: I would like to understand what the difference is between ramble and etc.]
    – Lambie
    Apr 17, 2022 at 18:40

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For such questions, it's best to look at dictionaries to see where the meanings overlap.

But in short, a ramble is typically an unhurried walk over an unplanned route, where the walkers decide as they proceed where they want to go and where/when to stop en route.

An excursion is an outing that can be on foot, on wheels or in a vehicle of some sort. It can be a visit to gardens, a museum, the coast, the mountains or any other attraction that is conducted by any means.

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    In short, an excursion has some planned purpose (an event or destination) while a ramble is a walk for the sake of walking.
    – randomhead
    Apr 17, 2022 at 21:20
  • It is not necessarily the case that the route of a ramble is unplanned. There are "rambling societies" in which people get together in groups and go on a "ramble" over a route which, in this context, has usually been planned in quite some detail, even to the times at which they are expected to arrive at the various hostelries en route. Apr 17, 2022 at 22:07

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