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Travelled vs. Traveled

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  Angbeen Chaudhary  —  Grammar Tips
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Lee travelled to the Middle East during vacations.

Or had she traveled?

Travel, a simple and common word of English, when used in its derivative forms can be written in two ways; with a single l or with two ls. This can be seen in traveled and travelled, traveling and travelling and traveler. These variations in the spellings arose due to differences in American English and British English and often result in confusion among writers.

These differences are openly discussed in this article where origin, meanings, usage and examples are used to clear out these confusions.


The word travel originated from Middle English: a variant of travail, and originally in the same sense.

Travel as verb:

Travel is used as a verb in English language where it means to make a journey, typically of some length.

The vessel had been travelling from Libya to Ireland.

To journey along (a road) or through (a region) and to withstand a journey without illness or impairment is also called travel.

He usually travels well, but he did get a bit upset on a very rough crossing.

Travel is also used to describe the task of being successful away from the place of origin.

Accordion music travels well.

Travel is used to imply the meaning of (of an object or radiation) movement, typically in a constant or predictable way.

Light travels faster than sound.

Travelled vs. Traveled

Travel as verb:

The action of travelling is called travel as noun.

My job involves a lot of travel.

Something that is (of a device) sufficiently compact for use on a journey is called travel.

She packed a travel iron along with other things.

Travelling or traveling:

Travelling and traveling are the two spellings of the same word. Both of these spellings are acceptable and exchangeable in English language but their usage differ according to the part of the world they are spoken in. In American English, the inflected forms of travel take one l—so, traveled, traveling, traveler, etc. In varieties of English from outside the U.S., these forms take two l’s—travelled, travelling, traveller, etc.


On average, it traveled 4 to 5 miles an hour. [Los Angeles Times]

Morgan claimed the French vessel has been towing at 4 nautical miles, whereas the tugs could have traveled at 6 to 7 nautical miles. [Newsday (dead link)]

But perhaps the most logical of all explanations is that Romney is a time traveler. [Washington Post]

When to use which spellings?

If you reside in US, the acceptable spellings are the ones with a single l; traveling. However, if you belong to Europe, the acceptable spellings are with two ls; travelling. Remember to choose the spellings according to your audience too. If you are writing for American community, you should use American spellings and vice versa.


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  • mbo_f
    Very American point of view. Disturbing to read the single l throughout. Stick to the rules, you've dumbed down the language in the US. There used to be a lot more irregular verbs as well....
    LikeReply5 months ago
  • Smac_001
    You wouldn’t ever say “did she traveled?” Did is already past tense so travel remains travel, no past participle. You could say, “Had she traveled?” or “Has she traveled?”
    LikeReply 23 years ago
    • Soulwriter
      Thanks for flagging this for us. You’re absolutely correct and it must be a typo. We’ll correct it shortly.
      LikeReply 13 years ago
  • John Patrick
    John Patrick
    As the teacher said "Do as I say, not as I do"
    LikeReply4 years ago
  • Robyn El-Bardai
    Robyn El-Bardai
    Spelling Rule: In a multi-syllabic word, if the accent is on the last syllable, double the last letter if it is a single consonant when adding a suffix, e.g. "How to repot orchids" -> "I repotted th orchids." The single consonant rule applies to one syllable words also, e.g. rub -> rubbed. EXCEPTION IN BRITISH ENGLISH: If the last syllable ends in -el, DO NOT double the last consonant. So, travel -> traveled but rebel -> rebelled. 
    LikeReply 44 years ago


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