TRAVELING VS TRAVELING
Traveling is the conveyance of individuals between different geographical locations. It can also be one way, between destinations, or across international borders, and is any way done with or without personal luggage, most often by foot. Traveling can take many forms and has many purposes. From sightseeing, such as visiting major attractions, to business, such as preparing to make an introduction or pitch for a new product, to travel for fun, such as a cruise or honeymoon. The ultimate goal for travel is for an individual to enjoy himself or herself as much as possible.
Most North American tourists understand what traveling is about. People go travelling in order to sightsee, or experience new things. Americans are very accustomed to travelling on a daily basis. This familiarity allows them to easily adapt to a new environment when they are travelling abroad. However, it is not only American tourists that are familiar with travelling. All over the world, people are traveling, whether for business or pleasure, and have learned to adapt to the language and culture of the place they are travelling to.
One of the most basic ways of categorizing traveling is by using two words, or more, to describe it. When used to describe travelling, two words that can describe the activity are “traveling” and “across countries”. Two words describing the destination are also commonly used, these being “away from home” and “to another place”. These two words when used together describe the objective of the traveller.
When a traveller is travelling within Europe, or in America, for example, they are travelling to their ultimate destination. To the Traveller this destination may be a city, state, country, province, district, or neighbourhood. In British English, however, the expression usually refers to a territory. For example: London, Ontario, Canada. The Traveller would use the preferred spelling, but in American English the preferred spelling is “London, Ontario”, which sounds more formal.
Another way of classifying what a person is travelling to is by using words that end in -ed, such as travelling, across states, or across country. When used in British English, however, the word that can replace the -ed ending is “across the sea”. So, when travelling from one country to another, the traveller is usually described by his/her name, surname or by a place called home, province, town, etc. In Canada, the United States and Australia, travellers are generally described by the names of their home towns, cities or provinces, or by their occupations.
A more exact way of classifying what a person is traveling to is by the means of words that indicate the destination. The preferred spelling is “traveled to” when travelling to another country. But if you are not sure of the spelling of the destination, you can just as easily specify a destination in quotation marks. For instance, “I’m travelling to Toronto” or “I’m going to Toronto, Canada” are just as good options as “I am travelling to Toronto” or “I’m going to Toronto, Canada”.