Travelling vs Traveling

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We enjoy travel. We see places we have never been, meet new people, see different cultures, see famous world historic sites and they help create memories. It creates joy and happiness from these memories.

While everything to do with travel is great, the spelling can make you annoyed and irritated. Travel is spelled the same universally but the confusion comes from “traveling and travelling”, “traveled and travelled” and “traveler and traveller”. These words create a lot of confusion for many people.

Is it Traveling or Travelling?

The answer is that it depends on your audience. The word “traveling” is mostly used in the USA and “travelling” is used in the UK and its commonwealth countries such as Australia. Many other words are different such as “color and colour”, “flavor and flavor” among many others.

The difference between the UK and USA English for this particular word is that for US English, whenever a word ends with a vowel and a consonant in that order the consonant is doubled only if stress in pronunciation falls on the final syllable. For instance, in the word “travel,” stress is on the first syllable there is no doubling of the letter l. Many other words share this fate.

You now know the spelling to use when writing an email, article or a college paper for someone or institution in the US you should use the shorter spelling traveling. If you are in the US and writing to someone in the commonwealth such as Australia you could choose to use the longer version which is what they use and prefer. Mixing the words may make you be called out for misspelling.

Examples:

At that time, I was traveling to Texas, USA when I met my colleague at the waiting lounge at Heathrow Airport.

He traveled all the way to the Mexican border by road, slept in a local motel before embarking on the journey by train to the capital.

The UK soccer team will be travelling by road to the training ground because the scheduled flight has been delayed.

She travelled to the South of London last evening to visit her ailing sister. She will be back in Liverpool on Monday.


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