Travel is the movement of people from one place to another, often far away. Travel can be done on foot, by bicycle, car, train, boat, bus, plane, ship, or other means, with or without luggage, and can be a one-way or round-trip trip. Tourism is an example of a type of travel where people only stay in one place for a short time between trips.

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The word’s etymology, or where it came from, is most likely lost to history. The word “travel” may have come from the Old French word “travail,” which means to work. The Merriam-Webster dictionary says that the word “travel” was first used in the 14th century. It also says that the word comes from Middle English “travailen,” “travelen,” which means to torment, labor, strive, and travel, and earlier, from Old French “travailler,” which means to work hard, toil.

There are many reasons to travel, such as recreation, holidays, rest and relaxation, tourism or vacationing, research, gathering information, visiting people, volunteering for a good cause, moving to a new place to start a new life, religious pilgrimages and mission trips, business travel, trade, commuting, getting health care, fighting or fleeing war, or just because traveling is fun. People can walk or ride bikes to get around, or they can use public transportation such as cars, trains, ferries, boats, cruise ships, or airplanes.