What Is Travel?


Travel is the movement of people between distant geographical locations. It can be done by foot, bicycle, automobile, bus, train, ship or airplane, and may involve one way or round trip travel. Travel can also mean the movement of goods or services. The travel industry includes tourism, business, and migration. Travel can be for recreation or work, for education or study, for religious or cultural reasons, or for any number of other purposes.

When young, it is sensory and simple: that white-knuckle feeling of a plane taking off, your stomach drops and your ears pop; the sustained hyperreal sensation when everything is new and brightly colored, food tastes different, smells weird; the synapses firing in your brain, all those connections being made. By middle age, it’s an escape from cubical drudgery, a sun-soaked interlude from Real Life, a spiritual pilgrimage or existential change of perspective. It’s the cultural equivalent of surfacing for breath.

A large part of travel is recreational, with the purpose of visiting places to experience vibrant culture and stunning natural beauty. This is often accompanied by a desire to learn more about the local language and customs. Other types of travel include business, educational, humanitarian, religious or missionary, volunteer travel, commuting, emigration and military service.

In some cases, travelers will be in a hurry to reach their destination due to a deadline or other pressing matter. These travelers are often called business travelers, corporate travellers or commercial travellers. The term MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) is sometimes used to describe three parts business travel and one part leisure travel.

The word “travel” is derived from the Latin verb travre, which means to go or move. The root of the word is probably Old French travailler, which means to toil or work hard. The earliest known use of the word is probably the 14th century, in the sense of a journey to another place for some purpose or other, usually work.

There are many fun things to do when bored in class that can be done quietly without disturbing your teachers or classmates. One of our favorites is to do a scientific experiment. You can create a cool lava lamp with some vegetable oil, food coloring and Alka-Seltzer.

Another fun and easy activity is to play a board game with friends or family. You can also try something new, like learning to draw a perfect circle or a beautiful heart or even make a paper fortune teller or cootie catcher. Another great way to keep busy is to practice your language skills, whether it’s reading a book in another language or using an online language tool like Duolingo. It’s always a good idea to bring your health insurance card with you while travelling as well. That way, you’re covered in the unlikely event of an emergency. Always stay safe and have fun! —Kristina McGuirk, Contributor