Vocabulary 28 - Words Related to Travel
Travel between two places has always fascinated human beings and probably started with the first man and woman. There are many stirring stories that are recorded in history which tell us that, whatever the period, travel has been an integral part of any society. In India we are taught in our history lessons that great travellers such as Megasthenes from Greece graced Chandragupta Maurya’s court 2300 years ago. Over 1600 years ago the Chinese scholar Fa-Hien visited India to study Buddhism. Without the inquisitiveness of Christopher Columbus would America be the same place that it is today?
Travel in the olden days was predominantly an activity to search for new trade opportunities and to locate new trade routes. Over a period of time travel became a means to understand more about religion and culture in far off lands. With an increase in travel came the development of new modes of transport. Ships and horses were once the main methods of transport but in time we saw the emergence of trains, automobiles and finally aeroplanes.
Just as Marco Polo, James Cook or Sir Richard Burton were great travellers, we must also acknowledge the feats of Yuri Gagarin, the first man into space and Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. We have all read about the exploits of the space scientists in sending vehicles to other planets. Vehicles from Earth have visited all of the planets in our solar system - that's a long way to travel!
Today travel has become a great leisure activity and people undertake travel for a variety of reasons, including visiting new places and seeing for themselves places of historical significance. Travel has its own contributions to make to society and the English language is one of the main beneficiaries. Travel has contributed many things to the language including many new words which have entered the vocabulary. Take the quiz that follows and learn some more words related to travel.