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The origin of the word “travel” is most likely lost to history. The term “travel” may originate from the Old French word travail.[3] According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, the first known use of the word travel was in the 14th century. It also states that the word comes from Middle English travailen, travelen (which means to torment, labor, strive, journey) and earlier from Old French travailler (which means to work strenuously, toil).

In English we still occasionally use the words travail and travails, which mean struggle. According to Simon Winchester in his book The Best Travelers’ Tales (2004), the words travel and travail both share an even more ancient root: a Roman instrument of torture called the tripalium (in Latin it means “three stakes”, as in to impale). This link reflects the extreme difficulty of travel in ancient times.

A Guide To Snowboarding In Verbier
  With endless terrain at your fingertips and some of the world’s best freeriding, there’s a reason Verbier is top of every snowboarder’s list. Part of one of the world’s top five [...]
Jan 19, 2024 Category: switzerland, verbier 0 Comments
An Off-Piste Guide To Skiing In Verbier
  With endless choices, accessible backcountry, and legendary itineraries, Verbier is one of the most popular spots in the world for off-piste skiing. Whether you want to navigate steep [...]
Jan 06, 2024 Category: switzerland, verbier 0 Comments
An Advanced Guide To Skiing In Verbier
  Ready to tear your way through one of the most legendary spots in the world for expert skiers? Verbier is packed to the brim with high-altitude terrain, hair-raising piste, and incredible [...]
Jan 05, 2024 Category: switzerland, verbier 0 Comments
An Intermediates Guide To Skiing In Verbier
  Looking to up your skiing game on your next winter break? Maybe it’s time to tick Verbier’s epic slopes off your list. While Verbier is hailed for its advanced skiing opportunities, this [...]
Jan 04, 2024 Category: switzerland, verbier 0 Comments
A Beginners Guide To Skiing In Verbier
  A stay in Verbier offers seamless access to one of the world’s largest lift-linked ski areas. But if you’re clipping on your skis for the first time, what does this 410km of piste mean for [...]
Dec 27, 2023 Category: switzerland, verbier 0 Comments
A Guide To Snowboarding In Zermatt
  Most people assume Zermatt is skiing heaven, but the slopes of this stunning resort will give snowboarders an otherworldly experience. Wide pistes are perfect for newer boarders mastering [...]
Mar 21, 2023 Category: switzerland, zermatt 0 Comments
An Off-Piste Guide To Skiing In Zermatt
  Zermatt has some of the world’s most enviable off-piste terrain. From soaring altitudes to hair-raising descents, it’s the ultimate destination for your next snow adventure. But with such [...]
Mar 20, 2023 Category: switzerland, zermatt 0 Comments
An Advanced Guide To Skiing In Zermatt
  Ready for your next mountain adventure? People from all over the world flock to Zermatt for its once-in-a-lifetime skiing opportunities. Discover the best that this charming resort has to [...]
Mar 20, 2023 Category: switzerland, zermatt 0 Comments
An Intermediates Guide To Skiing In Zermatt
  The slopes of Zermatt are an intermediate’s dream. With long cruisy blues and reds that will get your heart rate up, you’ll have no shortage of options to explore the mountains. But with [...]
Mar 20, 2023 Category: switzerland, zermatt 0 Comments
Zermatt’s Best Village Restaurants
  With a beautiful view of the Matterhorn and world-class skiing, Zermatt, Switzerland is a renowned ski resort town. Besides the slopes, Zermatt also has an exciting culinary scene, with [...]
Mar 14, 2023 Category: switzerland, zermatt 0 Comments
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