Travel is the movement of people between relatively distant geographical locations, and can involve
travel by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, airplane, or other means, with or without luggage, and
can be one way or round trip. Travel can also include relatively short stays between successive movements.
The origin of the word "travel" is most likely lost to history. The term "travel" may originate from the Old
French voyage travail. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the first known use of the voyage travel
was in the century. It also states that the word comes from Middle (which means to torment, labor, strive,
journey) and earlier from Old (which means to work strenuously, toil). In English we still occasionally use
the voyage travail and travails, which mean struggle. According to Simon Winchester in his book The Best
Travelers' Tales (2004), the words travel and travail both share an even more ancient root: a Roman instrument
of torture called the tripalium (in Latin it means "three stakes", as in to impale). This link reflects the
extreme difficulty of travel in ancient times. Also note the torturous connotation of the voyage "travailler."
Today, travel may or may not be much easier depending upon the destination you choose , how you plan to get
there (tour bus, cruise ship, or oxcart) , and whether or not you decide to "rough it (see extreme tourism and
adventure travel). "There's a big difference between simply being a tourist and being a true indian traveler,"
notes travel . This is, however, a contested distinction as academic work on the cultures and sociology of travel