How exactly do you wish safe travels in Italian? What’s more appropriate to say depending on the relationship between you and the other person?
In this lesson, we will take a look at the different ways you can translate this sentence into Italian. Read on to learn them all!
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How do you say safe travels in Italian?
Singular: Fai buon viaggio!
Fai buon viaggio is how you translate safe travels in Italian when you are addressing only one person you are on familiar terms with.
Fai buon viaggio!
Safe travels! (singular, informal)
This common sentence in Italian is made of three elements.
Imperative for “you do”, informal
Ti chiamo non appena arrivo all’aeroporto. – Fai buon viaggio!
I’ll call you as soon as I get to the airport. – Safe travels!
Mi raccomando, guida con prudenza. Fai buon viaggio!
Be sure to drive safely. Have a safe trip!
You can’t translate safe travels literally. You can’t say “viaggi sicuri” when you want to wish someone good luck in their journey. If you use an online translator, “viaggi sicuri” will be the result, but this is totally out of context because you are literally saying “safe travels” in Italian, not intended as a wish.
Fai can be shortened to fa’, with an apostrophe (never as fà, that’s a common mistake learners make and a few natives make as well!). It’s the second person imperative form of the verb fare, meaning to do.
Imperative tense conjugation of fare
Che facciano quello che vogliono, non mi importa niente.
Let them do whatever they want, I don’t care at all.
Facciamo una piccola pausa!
Let’s take a short break!
We then have buon viaggio, literally meaning good trip. You can actually use buon viaggio! alone as an exclamation to translate the English wish have a good trip.
Now, what do you have to say to wish safe travels in Italian to groups of people? You will need to conjugate the verb fare in the second person plural. Let’s see what this form is in the next paragraph.
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Plural: Fate buon viaggio!
Fate buon viaggio! is how you translate safe travels in Italian when you are addressing more than one person.
Fate buon viaggio!
Safe travels (plural)
Italian has two kinds of “you”, unlike English. There’s a singular “you” and then there’s a plural “you”. If you are addressing a group, you will need to conjugate the imperative of verb fare according to the latter pronoun, which is voi.
From the table in the previous paragraph, you can see that the conjugated form you have to use is fate.
Fate buon viaggio! Chiamatemi se ci sono problemi.
Safe travels! Call me if there are any problems.
Partiremo domani per Nizza. – Fate buon viaggio!
We will leave tomorrow for Nice. – Have a safe trip!
Now, how do you wish safe travels in Italian when you need to be polite? Keep on reading to find out!
Formal: Faccia buon viaggio!
If you are just visiting Italy and often meet new people, unless you both agree on using the informal pronoun tu you will have to stick to the polite pronoun Lei when talking to other adults and people you are not on familiar terms with. With kids, it’s customary to use tu, no matter the degree of familiarity.
So, how do you formally wish safe travels in Italian?
Faccia buon viaggio!
Safe travels! (polite)
Faccia buon viaggio, dottore!
Have a safe journey, doctor!
This wish uses the third person singular conjugated form. Basically, when speaking formally, Italians address each other with the subject “she”, lei.
And that’s it, now you know how to say safe travels in Italian in all its forms!
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