The Varieties of Travel

Travel is the movement of individuals between different, often quite far distant geographic locations. Travel can either be single way, or round trip, and can usually be one way, or back and forth. The purpose of travel is to explore new lands, and experience the culture and people through both the land of the traveler as well as the land of the destination. There are many ways to travel, although airline travel, rail and bus travel have been the most popular for decades.


Traveling as a verb means to travel, and is usually used in the context of exploring or studying abroad. Other ways to use the verb include to travel as a means of leisure, to travel as a way of serving a purpose, or to travel for one’s own education. Traveling as a noun means traveling, is used in describing any journey. It can also mean traveling in general, or traveling along with others. Other types of travel include: exploring or visiting another country or region, moving across borders or islands, going skiing, hiking, canoeing, scuba diving, rafting, sky diving, river rafting, jet skiing, horseback riding, and air travel.

When describing travel, it is important to remember that every verb beginning with “to” includes an object that travels, while the majority of words ending with “in” do not. For example, the verb “to be” describes a movement or motion. A verb that describes travel, on the other hand, describes the act or action of moving from one location to another. Travel is an inclusive term that can apply to any type of travel, including flying, driving, flying to a vacation spot, going swimming, biking, hiking, camping, riding, sightseeing, or swimming. While travel as a verb is generally considered negative, it is important to remember that the traveler is always at risk, as their travel is always part of a bigger journey or story.