Traveling – A Way of Life For Many

Travel is the transportation of individuals between various remote geographical areas. Travel can take place by foot, vehicle, bike, plane, train, bus, boat or any other mode of transportation, with or without personal luggage, to a specified destination and/or within a specified time period. Travel tends to occur when people need to leave their homes and pursue their travel plans for various reasons like visiting family, meeting with friends, participating in a sport event or going on vacation. Types of travel include air, land, sea and rail. People also travel to undertake tours and training at tourist sites.


The act of traveling dates back to the earliest writings. A journey, in its most basic form, involves moving from one place to another. It often involves a destination, which is usually a place at which the traveler wants to spend a considerable amount of time. In some cases, travel is a part of a cultural activity such as journeying to a foreign country. When a person travels for business reasons, the act of travel is associated with the achievement of some objective.

American writing is largely influenced by travel. Writing in travelogues, news briefs, travel guides and diaries reflect the experiences of people as they relate them to their environment. In these written documents, the verb ‘to travel’ is placed after the noun or phrase that is the subject of the verb. An example of this type of document would be a travel guide discussing the experience of traveling to a resort in Mexico.

Many people have a single, purpose-less trip in mind. This could be as broad as seeing the countryside, to seeing one place in a group of friends, to seeing a specific city as a tourist, or to visiting a specific person, like a native or a pet. These trips do not have a particular end goal. If the travel is to see the countryside, then the verb for that trip would be “to travel.” But, if the trip is to see one place in a group of friends, then the verb for that trip would be “visit.”

If you travel for work, you are probably using the verb “to travel” in your sentences. One way to avoid this is to use the imperative form of the verb: “travelled.” Traveling to a business location may be perceived as a lengthy journey because of the additional term, “long distance.” That is, you are being told that you will be on a long journey to some destination. When you are travelling for pleasure, the verb for that travel is “to enjoy.”

The act of travelling can involve many different kinds of people. A person travelling to a new city for the first time is likely to describe the experience in one way. However, if the person travelling to a new place is returning to his/her old city, then that description will be very different. People who travel often tend to describe their trip in two ways: in terms of the place they are going and in terms of the time it takes them. So, when you are travelling, try to think in terms of both words: the place and the time.