Travelling or traveling – which form is correct?

Do you like to travel? It is fascinating to explore new places, get to know new people and different cultures. Another fascinating thing about it is spelling. Do you know how to spell other forms of the verb to travel? Is it single or double “l”? Travelling or traveling? Read this article to find out.

Travelling or traveling? Which form is correct meaning definition correct form difference examples

Travelling or traveling? What is the difference?

Is there any difference between travelling and traveling? At first sight, they only differ in the number of “l’s”, so it is not really much of a difference, but what about their meaning or function? As you will see in the further section of this article, the definition of both words is exactly the same and both spellings are perfectly correct, the only difference being where exactly you are going!

Travelling or traveling? Which form is correct?

Travelling and traveling are both inflected forms of the verb to travel, and they are both correct, though used in different places. Fortunately, it is pretty straightforward as a rememberable pattern emerges here: in American English, you normally do not use a double letter when you add an ending to a verb, hence traveling, while in British variants of English you do, which means in the UK and elsewhere you write travelling.

Travelling or traveling? The correct form

Travelling or traveling? Now it is all clear! Read the below section to make sure you know the definition of this word.

Travelling/traveling – the meaning

Travelling and traveling are inflected forms of the verb to travel, which means to make a journey, usually over a long distance.

After university, she spent two years travelling.

Travelling/traveling is also a noun that refers to the activity of making journeys, travel.

In his spare time he enjoys reading, travelling and movies.

It is also an adjective that means moving from one place to another, especially to perform or while working, etc.:
a travelling performer /exhibition/ circus

Travelling or traveling? More examples from the literature and press

It was plain that many people regarded them now as the companions of a travelling magician of unknown powers and purpose.

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

I’ve been past those fields every day, morning and evening, travelling by, oblivious.

Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train

Either traveling as much or just adjusting to, like, the refs and really how they call the game.

“New York Times”, Apr 19, 2022

Conversely, traveling and spending with U.S. dollars have now become pricier for those who earn wages in euros.

“Washington Post”, Jul 13, 2022

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After graduating with a MA in English Philology, Kasia lived for almost five years in the UK facing the challenge of trying to master the intricacies of English language, which is her consuming passion. Other things she enjoys doing in her spare time are singing in a local parish band, embroidery, reading, cycling, and enjoying the outdoors with her family and friends.