The term ‘travel’ refers to the movement between relatively distant geographical locations, and can involve travel by foot or other means of transport. Travel can also include relatively short stays between successive movements.

The origin of the word "travel" is lost to history. The term "travel" may originate from the Old French word ‘travail’. According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the first known use of the word travel was in the 14th century and its origin is from Middle English ‘travailen’ meaning to torment, labor, strive or journey and earlier from Old French ‘travailler’ meaning to work strenuously or toil.

As far as the purpose or the motivation of traveling is concerned there are a number of issues to consider. The purpose may vary from tourism and recreation to the business travel or migration. The motivation for traveling follows the same pattern as the purpose, it can be for the pleasure of it, relaxation or exploration.

It is a common trait of all living things capable of moving from one place to another. The difference lies within the purpose and it is only characteristic for humans to travel for the purpose of pleasure, while animals travel for pragmatic reasons only.

The documentaries and video materials compiled in this category are concerned with the various aspects of traveling.

Watch a compilation of short video documentaries relating to the latest trend in traveling known as ’Couch Surfing’. It is an ideal concept for those who enjoy traveling but are limited with funds. Find out what it takes to enter the world wide network of couch surfing. We bring you the experiences of some of these ‘surfers’.

Discover what it would be like to live in Japan. Follow the story of 19 people that decided to live in this incredible country. Mostly westerners, these people share their story and reveal what they liked and disliked about Japan.

There are those less fortunate in this world that are forced to change the way they live, changing their homes for the accommodation in an RV (recreational vehicle). Find out about their hardships and the dangers that come with this particular lifestyle.

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