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“Traveling” or “Travelling” (Which Spelling is Correct?)

Traveling or travelling?



Traveling or travelling?

The verb travel, which is to “go from one place to another, especially over a long distance”, uses different spellings based on UK English and US English:


  • British English spells “travelling” with the double “L”.


  • American English spells “traveling” with one “L”.



The same goes with other verb forms of “travel” in the past tense i.e., traveled and travelled; or as a noun, traveler and traveller.



Other words (like traveling or travelling)

UK EnglishUS English
travelling, travelledtraveling, travelled
modelling, modelledmodeling, modeled
labelling, labelledlabeling, labeled
cancelling, cancelled canceling, canceled



Word forms of travel

Other verb/noun forms also conform to the same spelling rules based on US/UK English:


Part of speechUS EnglishUK English
verbtraveling, traveled travelling, travelled
nountraveler traveller



Sentences with traveling/traveling (present participle)

The travelling/traveling public have had enough of fare increases.

She grew up in a travelling/traveling family.

The birds are travelling/traveling south for the winter.

She enjoys travelling/traveling around Europe.



Sentences with traveled/travelled (past tense)

They travelled/traveled cross-country from New York to California.

The pain travelled/traveled down his back.

They travelled/traveled on the bus to and from work together.



Synonyms of travel

  • journey
  • voyage
  • tour
  • trip
  • pilgrimage
  • sojourn
  • passage
  • peregrinate (to travel especially on foot)



Phrases with travel

  • travel light
  • travel-sick/travel sickness
  • travel agent or agency



Origin of the word travel

Etymonline on travel:


Late 14c., “to journey,” from travailen (1300) “to make a journey,” originally “to toil, labor”. Replaced Old English faran. Related: Traveled; traveling. Traveled (adj.) “having made journeys, experienced in travel” is from early 15c. Traveling salesman is attested from 1885.

—Etymonline, travel.



Read more about US English vs. UK English

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elude or alludefavor vs. favour
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Sources

  1. Harper, Douglas. “Etymology of humor.” Online Etymology Dictionary, Accessed 12 February, 2024.
  2. “Peregrinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/peregrinate. Accessed 12 Feb. 2024.


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