head off//set off on an adventure

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Whether you want ot explore familiar territory, head off on an adventure or raise money for a good cause--take a bike.

Is it right to view "head off" in the above as "set off?" Thanks.
  • manon33

    Senior Member
    English - England (Yorkshire)
    If anything, 'head off' is slightly more upbeat and enthusiastic than 'set off'. You could 'set off 'with a heavy heart or a light one, but if you 'head off' there is a hint of jollity and extra purposefulness/determination.


    Senior Member
    The basic meaning is the same in this case, but there is a difference in both tone, as manon33 has noted, and possibly in emphasis as well. To head of on an adventure means to begin an adventurous journey, with the emphasis more on the adventure than on the initial departure. In contrast, if you say set off on an adventure, there is more emphasis on the departure, the act of beginning the adventure.
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