I want an attractive suitable phrase for describing an easy journey. For example,

The journey was a piece of cake.

I think the sentence sounds absurd hence I need something more appealing and fancy.

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    The trip was plain sailing.
    – user205876
    Oct 12, 2022 at 7:17
  • I think the sentence sounds absurd To a native speaker it sounds perfectly fine. You should accept that not all idioms will sound sensible when translated into your language.
    – Greybeard
    Oct 12, 2022 at 10:56
  • To a native speaker it sounds perfectly fine. To this native speaker, it sounds faintly absurd ... a metaphor better replaced. 'Plain sailing' might work, but sounds tongue-in-cheek if not literal. Oct 21, 2022 at 13:14

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A common idiomatic expression is:

The journey was a breeze.

OED definition of breeze for this sense:

slang. Something easy to achieve, handle, etc. Originally U.S.


jaunt a short excursion or journey for pleasure

  • What's the source of this definition? Oct 12, 2022 at 7:13
  • Sorry, I forgot to add. jaunt: Oxford Dictionary
    – seven
    Oct 12, 2022 at 9:50
  • Jaunt also has an archaic meaning of "A wearisome journey". en.wiktionary.org/wiki/jaunt . One moderator told in a comment to another question about "gaps in the dictionary world". Better to search multiple dictionaries, one which may be "Wiktionary", it gives nice etymological explanation.
    – banuyayi
    Oct 12, 2022 at 10:10
  • Thank you for this information. I will keep that in mind.
    – seven
    Oct 12, 2022 at 10:50

A walk in the park is "something that is very easy to do, and usually pleasant" according to Cambridge dictionaries.

It's not always used of journeys - Cambridge gives the example sentence "He's used to hard physical work - this is a walk in the park to him" - but it certainly could be.

  • 'The train journey through the Rhone Valley was a walk in the park' sounds like an inappropriate choice of metaphor. Oct 21, 2022 at 13:15

Smooth sailing. Straight sailing, plain sailing. easy sailing. A breeze. Straightforward. There was nothing to it. No sweat. A cinch. A waltz. If nothing works you can be metaphorical. The trip was like a walk in the park.


Cruise (Wiktionary), Sojourn (Wiktionary) are everyday words adequate for the purpose. Some fancy words may be

Junket (Wiktionary) A pleasure-trip; a journey made for feasting or enjoyment, now especially a trip made ostensibly for business but which entails merrymaking or entertainment.

Gallivant (Wiktionary) To roam about for pleasure without any definite plan. To flirt, to romance.

Outing (Wiktionary) A pleasure trip or excursion. (Agreed it is not a fancy word :))

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