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Let’s Define Travel


Let’s Define Travel

Travel is the general movement of individuals between distant geographic locations. Travel can take place by foot, car, bike, plane, train, bus, boat or other modes, with or without personal luggage, and could be one-way or round trip. There are numerous forms of travel, including air travel, land and sea travel, as well as various types of transportation.

To help define travel further, let us look first at air travel. Air travel is transported by aircraft from one location to another. Air transport can take several forms, including freight flights, charter flights, logistical flights, weather flights, and cargo flights. Flights involving more than one type of transportation can also qualify for the term ‘air transport’. Flights in which the departure and arrival airports are close enough to allow for convenient, safe travel, and include either one-way or round trips, are considered by the United States Department of Transportation to be air transport.

Another important way of classifying travel is by the mode of transport used. A railway journey, for example, would be considered a ‘railroad journey’ while a motor vehicle travelling from one place to another would be a ‘motorway journey.’ Finally, to complicate the issue further, when traveling, people refer to land, sea and air travel. As defined by the United States Department of Transportation, all three types of travel constitute travel, but each type has its own unique aspect.

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