TRAVELLING – An Age Old Traveling Tradition

Traveling refers to the movement of individuals between different distant geographic locations. Travel can be performed by car, bike, foot, train, plane, bus, boat or any other mode, with or without personal luggage, and is usually one-way or round trip. People may travel by land, sea or air for business or leisure, or for any combination of these, including remote tours. The world is always traveling, so there are many opportunities for RV travel in the United States.


There are many ways to define traveling, but in general we use the word to describe a process that involves traveling from beginning to end. The earliest definition of travel was recorded in a 10th century Persian account. It described a situation in which an object is actually moved. In our use, the word describes traveling throughout the world or within a specific region. A one-way trip takes only one path in one direction, whereas a round-trip journey takes multiple routes through various countries and typically ends up where it started, at the starting point.

As travel became more popular and businesses began to grow globally, the meaning of the word became more flexible. Today, travel has come to represent not only traveling from beginning to end, but traveling within a specific region or country. One example is the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). USDOT defines a “one-way journey” as one where the driver and passengers depart from a destination, travel to another destination, then return to that same destination. Another example is American English, which prefers to refer to a one-to-one journey, although some speakers may use the two-word version.

When comparing the American English version of travelling vs. driving, the American lexicon clearly prefers the word over the British one. The lexicographer’s preferred spelling is usually either “dealing” or “driving.” However, most dictionaries correctly render “dealing” as “traveling” and” Driving” as “traveling.” Some lexicographers prefer “driving” because it is more comfortable for most people to type. Some also note that “dealing” has the advantage of allowing for hyphenation, making “dealt with” a more acceptable synonym for “travel.”

In Canada, the commonly used word for “driving” is “vacationing,” whereas “dealt with” is more commonly used for “traveling” in this country. The spelling “vacationing” is also more common in Australia and New Zealand than anywhere else in the English-speaking world. The practice of traveling between countries is referred to as transiting. In many cases, however, it is the Canadian expression of “going abroad,” which is easier to pronounce for speakers of other languages. In Europe, a “visit” is often spelled as “jusuru.”

The history of travelling can be divided into two main eras, the Pre railways age and the Post-roads age. The Pre railways age saw the development of the world’s first large scale railroad networks in the 18th century, beginning in the UK. These networks were developed to provide more frequent and cost-effective ways for travelers to get from one place to another. The movement of people and the expansion of cities were revolutionized by the development of steam-powered means of travel, such as the river boat and the railroad trains.