From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtraveltrav‧el1 /ˈtrævəl/ ●●● S2 W2 verb (travelled, travelling British English, traveled, traveling American English) 1 journeyTRAVEL a) [intransitive] to go from one place to another, or to several places, especially ones that are far away Someday I’d like to travel abroad.travel to/across/through/around etc We’re planning to travel across America this summer.travel widely/extensively He has travelled extensively in China.travel by train/car/air etc We travelled by train across Eastern Europe. He’d travelled far, but he’d travelled light (=without taking many possessions). b) travel the world/country to go to most parts of the world or of a particular country2 distance [intransitive, transitive]TRAVEL to go a particular distance or at a particular speedtravel at The train was travelling at 100 mph. They travelled 200 miles on the first day.3 → well-travelled4 news [intransitive]SPREAD to be passed quickly from one person or place to another News travels fast.5 → travel well6 eyes [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] written if your eyes travel over something, you look at different parts of it His gaze travelled over her face.7 light/sound [intransitive]SPEED to move at a particular speed or in a particular direction Light travels faster than sound.8 sport [intransitive]DSO to take more than three steps while you are holding the ball in basketballCOLLOCATIONSadverbstravel abroadOnly the affluent could afford to take vacations or to travel abroad.travel widely/extensivelyHe travelled extensively in Europe studying geology.travel light (=not take many things with you)The idea was to travel light, so Travis allowed her to pack only one change of clothing.phrasestravel by train/car/air etcEmily hated travelling by train.travel the world/countryThey travelled the world together.THESAURUSto traveltravel to go from one place to another, especially places that are far apartWe travelled to Russia by train.I love to travel.go to go somewhere – often used instead of travelWe’re going to Greece for our holidays this year.He’s gone to London on business.It’s quicker to go by plane.commute to travel to work or schoolShe commutes to work by bicycle.cross to travel across a very large area, for example a desert or oceanThe slaves crossed the Atlantic in the holds of the ships.tour to travel in order to visit many different places, especially as part of a holidayThey’re touring Europe by coach.go trekking to do a long and difficult walk in a place far from towns and citiesThey went trekking in the mountains.She’s been trekking in Nepal a couple of times.go backpacking to travel to a lot of different places, carrying your clothes with you in your rucksackHe went backpacking in Australia.roam especially written to travel or move around an area with no clear purpose or direction, usually for a long timeWhen he was young, he roamed from one country to another.The tribes used to roam around freely, without any fixed territory.journey literary to travel, especially a long distanceHe journeyed on horseback through Palestine.people who traveltraveller British English, traveler American English someone who is travelling a long distanceWeary travellers waited at the airport.My aunt was a great traveller (=she travelled a lot).tourist someone who is travelling somewhere for a holidayDuring the summer, over a million tourists visit the island each year.passenger someone who is travelling in a vehicle, plane, ship etc but not driving it or working on itThe driver and two passengers were killed in the crash.commuter someone who travels to work every daycommuters on the train to Londonbackpacker someone who travels to a lot of different places, carrying their clothes etc in a rucksackThe hostels are great for backpackers.explorer someone who travels to places that people have not visited beforePotatoes were brought to England by explorers such as Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh. → See Verb table
Examples from the Corpustravel• We traveled 2251 miles in 11 days.• Helena really likes to travel.• I love to travel.• Do you have to travel a lot in your new job?• And we were travelling again, through ravine, under totem.• Facilities managers also may monitor the work of maintenance, grounds, and custodial staffs, and travel between different facilities.• News travels fast in a small town like this.• We travelled from China to Russia by train.• Something must be wrong when, although they have to travel further they are coming in cheaper.• The impromptu concerts have been written up in national magazines and people travel hundreds of miles to take part in the fun.• Nine others travelling in the minibus, which was returning the from game at Port Vale, were injured.• Over a year a hare may travel over an area as large as 50 hectares, in search of the right food.• They had been travelling over the dry desert terrain for five days.• The post will involve you travelling to Germany about three times a year.• There was intense competition among companies to travel with Brown on his overseas trips, which frequently generated major deals.travel at• Police say the car was traveling at about 80 miles per hour.