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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.

Hulbert House returns to Brook Serene Boutique Hotel Management
Brook Serene Boutique Hotels have announced the return of Hulbert House to its luxury hotel portfolio. Brook Serene Boutique Hotels opened and managed the Qualmark-rated 5-star Enviro Gold luxury [...]
Apr 13, 2023 Category: Hotels, Venues 0 Comments
Business events industry on show at MEET CHRISTCHURCH
Christchurch Town Hall was host venue for over 200 business event industry professionals Who gathered on 25 March for ChristchurchNZ Convention Bureau’s inaugural MEET CHRISTCHURCH showcase. [...]
Mar 14, 2022 Category: Holiday Ideas, Hospitality 0 Comments
Business Events Lead Waikato Recovery
The latest figures released by the Business Events Data Programme* show the Waikato region secured 13% market share of all NZ business events being held in Q1 2021. With 196 business events held [...]
Mar 14, 2022 Category: Holiday Ideas, Hospitality 0 Comments
New Zealand expertise serves up new event
New Zealand is embracing its role as a world leader in agri-food-tech with the launch of a new event, the 2035 Oceania Summit in Auckland. More than 250 people registered their interest within 48 [...]
Mar 14, 2022 Category: Holiday Ideas, Hospitality 0 Comments
Zealong Retreat gives residential options at estate
Just minutes north of Hamilton city, Zealong Tea Estate has added a retreat facility ideal for residential corporate meetings and incentives. Zealong Retreat complements the estate’s contemporary [...]
Mar 14, 2022 Category: Holiday Ideas, Hospitality 0 Comments
Auckland wins best meetings and conference destination in Oceania
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland has been named the best meetings, incentive, conference and exhibition (MICE) destination in Oceania at the World MICE Awards 2021. This is the second time Auckland has [...]
Mar 14, 2022 Category: Holiday Ideas, Hospitality 0 Comments
Central Otago tops visitor spend growth
Central Otago has come out on top of the list of 31 regions recording growth in total visitor spend for 2021. The region recorded a 19.3% growth in spend compared to 2020 – with the next closest [...]
Mar 14, 2022 Category: Holiday Ideas 0 Comments