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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.

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Best coastal towns in Tuscany
Which are the top coastal towns in Tuscany? Here we take a stroll through the region’s most scenic, atmospheric and dazzling seaside destinations. From all-time favourite Viareggio on the [...]
Apr 21, 2015 Category: Holiday Ideas, Hospitality, Livorno 4 Comments
Eat like a local
Elle put together some easy steps every host can follow to prevent hosting from becoming more of a chore than a reward. “Some of our most enthusiastic hosts are so dedicated to their guests [...]
Apr 21, 2015 Category: Holiday Ideas, Hospitality, Livorno 2 Comments
5 Things to do in Arezzo
If you can bear to tear yourself away from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, then there are plenty of exciting experiences to encounter on the Seychelles’ largest island. For [...]
Apr 21, 2015 Category: Holiday Ideas, Hospitality, Livorno 4 Comments
Planning a Honeymoon in Florence
A Hawaii honeymoon is ideal for couples who enjoy a mix of beach, culture and bar hopping. From the vibrant nightlife to the rich historical sites, and lush, tropical beaches, Tuscany is just [...]
Apr 20, 2015 Category: Holiday Ideas, Hospitality, Tuscany 2 Comments
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