The Importance of Traveling

Travelling refers to the conveyance of individuals between different local or foreign locations. Travelling can take place by foot, car, bike, train, plane, truck, boat or any other mode and is one-way or round trip travelling. It is used to refer to any mode of travel used by people for travel within their locality, state or country. It may also be used on a global scale, to refer to all forms of international travel.


The meaning of “travelling” changes over time. In the past, travel was often in terms of an extended family outing, involving several days’ travel within a region or country, or weekend escapes, often associated with an outing at a ski resort. Nowadays, more people are looking to travel less and be involved in a less-often-planned, more-disruptive process, which is less time consuming and usually less expensive. Therefore, the use of the term “travelling” to describe one’s daily or frequent travels may be considered inaccurate or non-routine.

For example, it could be argued that a journey from Canada to New Zealand is a “journey” rather than a “traveling”. This could be likened to a road trip on which one stops at various points along the way, does some eating and shopping, takes some photos and perhaps visits a tourist site. Such a trip could be labelled as a non-routine or routine travel. An even better example would be a trip from China to Japan, from Pakistan to India, from Portugal to Japan or any other non-stop, seven-day event where no accommodation is required, no eating or drinking, no driving and no sightseeing. Such a journey would be termed Routine travel, not a trip!

Thus we can see that the travel meaning of ‘going abroad’ covers a lot of ground. It is thus best explained as a means of involving oneself in some form of travelling, while avoiding the inconvenience of being caught up in land traffic. It may involve travelling by air, sea or land. But whatever the mode of transport used, it involves a certain amount of travelling.

What makes travelling interesting is the fact that different people travel in different ways. Some people travel in packs; others prefer to walk, or ride a bicycle or take a train or bus. There are also those who enjoy walking or taking a drive around a new city. In short, the travel means for everyone are different and there is a travel for everyone.

Travelling for pleasure is often described by those who have experienced it as a journey to a foreign land, where they meet new people and become immersed in new culture. Travelling for business is often seen by businessmen as an opportunity to reach out to markets they may not otherwise access. For many businesses, the trip abroad is also viewed as an opportunity to expand their business, by giving them access to a different market. In all cases, travelling is seen as a form of relaxation and entertainment, apart from being an important part of our daily lives.