Travel or travel: What's the difference?
Where will you be travelling to? Is it travelling? Both the words travelling and travelling can cause disorientation for authors who do not know exactly when to use which. Journeys and journeys are both of course verb. Travelling means going from one place to another, like on a voyage or outing.
As an example, the distinction between travel vs. travel is not really a big deal. Indeed, the distinction between them is completely dialectic. No verifiable differences in purpose and functionality, i.e. both words can be used in exchange. While the only thing that separates travel and travel is a dialectic distinction, it is important to keep the public in the picture when choosing the right words and the right time.
Travel (with two Ls) is the preferable way of writing in UK and is used much more often than travel. This chart shows the use of travel vs. travel (as a percent of all words used) in UK Englishs published periodicals, newspapers and periodicals from 1800 to 2008. You can see that travelling (with two Ls) in UK is dominating at a ratio of about 4:1.
Well, if we look at the same two words over the same amount of timeframe, but restrict our query to US pressure springs, the results are reversed outright. There is indeed a wider gulf between travelling and travelling in US English than in British English. In the above graphic, the preferable way of writing is in English (with an L).
I' ve debated the cause for the appeal of many abbreviated US English spelling in other articles (just think of aborted posts), but the main one is Noah Webster himself. Usually ascribed to him is the abbreviation of many US spelling, since in his 1898 initial lexicon he tried to oversimplify many English spelling that he considered superfluous.
However, the point is, if you are written to an US public, travelling (with an L) is your best option. Do you recall the difference: Travel or travel? An easy way to keep an overview of these two words is that the abbreviated form is US. So if you consider that UKE generally prefers (favours) the longer notation of words, you can note the differences between these words.
It' also worth mentioning that all the differences in this contribution are the same for traveld vs. traveld, travd vs. traveld, traveld vs. traveld, travd vs. trad. travelling, etc. So is it travel or travel? Well, that would depend on where you write and who your people are.
Travel is the favourite way of writing in British English. Travel is the American English language of choice. Regardless of whether you speak of travelling or travelling or of travellers or travellers, the same preference applies.