Quick answer
"Viajo" is a form of "viajar", an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to travel". "De viaje" is an adverb which is often translated as "away on a trip". Learn more about the difference between "de viaje" and "viajo" below.
de viaje(
deh
 
byah
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heh
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (away on a journey)
a. away on a trip
El señor López está de viaje y no vuelve hasta mañana. ¿Quiere dejarle algún recado?Mr. Lopez is away on a trip and won't be back until tomorrow. Do you want to leave a message for him?
b. on a trip
Nos pillas de casualidad. Estamos a punto de salir de viaje para Roma.You're lucky to catch us. We're just about to leave on a trip to Rome.
c. away
Mi padre trabajaba para una multinacional y estaba siempre de viaje.My father used to work for a multinational company and he was always away.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Se proponen dar la vuelta al mundo y ya llevan un mes de viaje.They intend to go round the world and have already been traveling for one month.
Todavía nos quedan cinco horas de viaje por delante hasta llegar a Hong Kong.We still have a five-hour journey ahead of us before we arrive in Hong Kong.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (related to traveling)
a. travel
Los gastos de viaje de nuestros representantes corren a cargo de la empresa.Our representatives' travel expenses will be met by the company.
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viajar(
byah
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hahr
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to go to other places)
a. to travel
Mi novio y yo vamos a viajar a Ecuador este invierno.My boyfriend and I are going to travel to Ecuador this winter.
2. (to circulate)
a. to run
El metro viaja hasta las dos de la mañana los sábados.The metro runs until two in the morning on Saturdays.
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