Travel is the motion of individuals between different, remote geographical locations. Travel can be to a variety of places, like the town of London to the unchartered and unknown, and is one way to get around, or across countries. Some types of travel are commercial, such as airfare, lodging and tours; while other types of travel are for pleasure, like traveling to a tropical island and staying for a week. There are many ways to travel, as you will find when reading about travel. Travel is not defined by destination, but by the individual’s means to get there.
One kind of travel is tourism. Tourism is the interaction or attraction of individuals, groups or the public in an area of their development with visiting institutions, activities or things. There are two broad categories of tourism: transportation and accommodation. Transportation tourism is travel by land, sea or air; whereas, accommodation tourism includes staying in a place whether it is permanent or temporary. There are also sub-types of tourism depending on the location of the location.
Old French travel dates back to about 1700 and is similar in structure to the modern day tourism industry. The word old french simply refers to a style of traveling that dates back centuries before modern traveling existed and involves travel by land, overland, by land and over water. Examples of old french include French journeying (traveling through France), which involves traveling from one region of France to another.
The second type of travel we will discuss is called final travel. This term literally means “after final,” or the last phase of travel. A final travel destination is a place where you end up completely, i.e. you have visited no further destinations within that region and have no plans or intentions of going any further. For example, if you took a cruise vacation and traveled from Great Britain to Spain, then you would be considered a final travel destination because you have not visited any of the Spanish regions that you traveled to.
So, what types of travel can we lump into these two categories? The first category is known as transition travel. Transition travel happens when you take a holiday and then continue with your intended activity. You could take a 1-week vacation in Spain and go back to Great Britain, or take a month-long trip around Europe and return to the United States. A lot of countries have their own common term for this type of travel, such as continent travel, trans-national travel or even global travel. Another form of transition travel is taking part in an organized event, such as a race or a touring or sporting event.
The last type of travel we will discuss is called chronic travel. This is a term that describes travel that happens over a longer period of time. For example, many people who are travelling back and forth between Canada and the US will use the phrase trans-continental travel. While chronic travel is only a term used by people who know each country intimately, it is a rather descriptive description of travelling, especially for tourism.