How to Define Travel
Travel is the movement of individuals between various, often remote geographical locations. Travel can take place by foot, car, bike, plane, train, bus or any other mode of transport, with or without baggage, and may be one way to a place of destination or multiple ways to get there. A common type of travel is recreational travel; this may take the form of visiting friends and family, exploring a new region, or venturing into a new culture for a few days or an extended stay. Cultural travel encompasses traveling to or about a country for the purposes of understanding and appreciating the way life is lived there, as well as for tourism purposes.
Many different types of travel use different means of transport to get from one point to another. There are road trips, which are essentially a solitary journey within a system of interconnected routes, such as from London to Paris or Amsterdam to Berlin. Another form of travel is via water, either by land, sea or air. For those who prefer traveling by land, many routes exist around the world, or can even be undertaken through several countries, in order to cover the most destinations in the least time, for the greatest enjoyment.
Those who prefer a different style of travelling would be better served by choosing a combination of land, water or air travelling. One type of trip that combines these three modes of transport and has increased in popularity over recent years is what is known as a’traveller’s odyssey’. Travellers choose a destination, then decide on a series of destinations that they would like to visit in succession. They select a starting point and map out a series of destinations in that direction. These travellers then make one stop at each location, usually at a hotel or another accommodation where they will be offered a warm shower, hot meals and comfortable beds to rest in until their next journey, or whichever may follow.
For many people, a journey of this type tends to feel very much like taking a vacation, except they are making it into an extended vacation, in a sense. However, for other people, it may feel like reliving one place in time. This type of travel is also commonly known as ‘destination tourism’, since the traveller’s experience often revolves around one place in a series, rather than around multiple destinations. One place, however, is invariably more memorable than another – at least in the mind of the traveler.
There are many benefits associated with travelling by way of a road. First of all, travelling by road provides a great deal of flexibility. A person can plan a trip where they stop where they want, when they want, in a planned fashion that allows them to include as many stops as desired without having to plan everything out ahead of time. Also, driving on the road provides a great sense of freedom. Once in a location, the driver has complete control of how long one stops at each place, which means that long stretches of road that seem to go on forever can be gone in a blink of an eye, and travellers can continue driving as far as they wish.
The process of planning a trip is not only fun and interesting, but can also be quite complicated. Planning a trip on the road can involve lots of driving and back tracking, making it difficult to simply define travel in terms of destinations. In a similar way, a trip abroad can also be quite complicated, especially if the trip involves crossing various borders and countries. Both these examples make it important for those who are travelling abroad to have a basic understanding of travel so that they can have an easier time with the whole process. Understanding travel in this broad sense means that the process of actually travelling itself will become simpler, and planning will become less daunting.