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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.

Kayaking and Rafting in Israel
Kayaking In Israel Some people like to see new places through a window while seated comfortably on a bus. Others like to experience a new place with all they’ve got. Kayaking is a fun and [...]
Feb 24, 2022 Category: Jordan, Kayaking & Rafting, adventure park 0 Comments
Bedouin History in Israel
Bedouins in Israel Most of the some 160,000 Negev Bedouin originally arrived at the borders of Israel from the Hejaz, a region in the north of the Arabian Peninsula from where they migrated [...]
Feb 24, 2022 Category: Culture, Negev, People, Arab, Bedouin, Middle East, Negev Bedouin, State of Israel 0 Comments
The Israeli Druze
The Israeli Druze Numbering some 120,000, this fascinating community makes up just two percent of Israel’s population. Approximately 100,000 Druze live in the Israeli Galilee region, and the [...]
Shabbat in Tel Aviv
Katrin Zirkel  CC BY 2.5Great Synagogue Spending Shabbat in Tel Aviv Tel Aviv is known as a secular city, especially when compared to Jerusalem. Nevertheless, if you are planning a Shabbat during [...]
Kever Rachel
Tomb of Rachel -Visit Your Jewish Matriarch For Jewish visitors to Jerusalem, the Western Wall or Kotel, is a magnet, pulling observant and non-observant alike into the center of the world. [...]
German Colony Haifa
Haifa Neighborhoods Haifa has some very old neighborhoods and sites of historical importance. The oldest neighborhoods are in the Lower Town area, including Haifa’s German Colony. Sail Tower [...]
Ashdod Restaurants
  Restaurants in Ashdod Ashdod has some really great gourmet restaurants, many of which portray the ethnic diversity in the city. They also have a lot of Kosher and kosher l’mehadrin restaurants [...]
Feb 24, 2022 Category: Food, Ashdod, Shopping, Restaurant, Baked Goods, Chicken (food), Cooking 0 Comments
Haifa Restaurants
Haifa’s Restaurants Haifa’s restaurants reflect the ethnic diversity of the city, with restaurants and eateries to suit every taste from Middle Eastern to Far Eastern. For more about restaurants [...]
Israeli Culture
Israeli Culture Jerusalem is not only Israel’s historic and religious capitol, it’s also the center of a breathtaking number of happenings celebrating Israel culture and offering something for [...]
Old Jaffa and Caesarea Christian Sites
Old Jaffa and Caesarea Caesarea Through the Ruins (Photo: מוחמד מוסא שהואן, CC BY 2.5) The old city of Jaffa (Yafo, Jaffo) has a Biblical history beginning with King Solomon who received cedar [...]