American Vs British English Spells – TRAVELLING VS. TRIVIA

Travel is the conveyance of individuals between distant geographic locations, usually within the same area. Travel can also be one-way or round-trip, with or without baggage, and is usually one way. There are numerous modes of transportation used for travel, and a variety of ways to travel from place to place. From commercial airways to trains, trucks to buses and even automobiles, traveling can take place almost anywhere and for many reasons.


The words travelling literally mean “to go.” And the meaning of that word is not limited to only one place or time. In a sense, it’s true that your journey is indeed going to take you from one place to another; it’s just when you’re going from one place to another and what’s on your route along the way that matters. Whether you’re taking a plane to arrive at your destination or a train to get you to your next destination, or traveling by automobile, boat or even bicycle, there’s always a destination to be reached.

One of the earliest recorded journeys took place over the “great divide” between the United States and the Native American tribes. Some say that these early travelers made their journeys from the United States into the Indian lands in order to obtain food and other necessities. Others say that these pioneers actually traveled into the Indian country. No matter how they got there, the stories and information provided here about the journeys of the early settlers provide a glimpse into the life of those times and provide insight into life in the early United States.

Various spelling versions of the word have been used over the years as well. Travelling by the English language is not only a verb but an adjective as well. The verb “travel” is not simply “travel” in the English language but rather “travdon.” Travelling by land, sea, or air is referred to as traveling and exploring. Exploring is a synonym for travel and exploring is a verb that implies travel.

In the United States, the spelling “travelling” has always been “travish”. However, when traveling to Canada, the spelling has been changed to “travish” to avoid confusion with “traveling”. The word “travellings” is a relatively recent addition and is not found in the written record prior to the eighteenth century. Other variations that are commonly seen in North American English spelling are: trips, travels, or trek. When traveling outside of the United States, most people will still refer to the spelling as “travish”. This is especially true when traveling from Europe to the United States or when traveling between Canada and the United States.

Even though British English is now widely spoken throughout much of North America, many words in the English language do still retain their historic and regional meanings. For example, while “journey” is spelled the way it is normally pronounced in the United States, in many southern states it is spelled the way it is normally pronounced in Canada, such as “jaunt” or “jaunt’. Other words related to travelling, such as “jaunt” or “jaunt’ would never be spelled the way they are in British English. Rather, if you want to spell them the way they are in the United States, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, you would need to learn the regional accents of each country, then memorize a few phrases from the spelling and punctuation books, and then practice saying those phrases in your own words, along with the pronunciations of the words (or just the letters). That way, when you are traveling abroad, you will have no problem sounding out the words you are asking for!