Travelling or Traveling: What’s the Difference?

Not so long ago the end wall of Josefine was adorned with a huge Scandinavian Airlines advertisement.

WE ARE ALL TRAVELERS was plastered all over the wall of Travellers´ Club. I thought to myself, "Has SAS no idea on how to spell the word traveller?"

The two words traveling and travelling can cause some confusion for those not exactly sure when to use which one. Are they just variations of the same word? Do they have different meanings? Do they function differently in a sentence?

Travelling and traveling are both verbs, obviously. To travel is to go from one place to another, as on a trip or journey. You’re probably still thinking, “Okay, I still don’t know how to use these words.”

When to Use Travelling

Even though the only thing separating travelling and traveling is a dialectical difference, it is still important to keep your audience in mind when picking which word to use and when.

Travelling (with two Ls) is the preferred spelling in British English

Traveling (with one L) is the preferred spelling in American English.

The culprit appears to be Noah Webster who shortened or bastardised (bastardised? ) many spellings in American English such as:

cancelled / canceled

fuelled / fueled

behaviour, colour, humour, labour, neighbour, flavour - behavior, color, humor, labor, neighbor, flavor

apologise, organise, recognise - apologize, organize, recognize

He is usually credited with the shortening of many American spellings because in his original 1898 dictionary, he sought to simplify many British spellings he saw as unnecessary.


So, is it traveling or travelling?

What say you fellow Tramps?

Keep on tramping!

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