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Incorrect or non-standard usage, overuse etc.

I went to Japan for travelling
'Why did you go to Germany?'
'For travelling.'

The problem

Many students believe 'travelling' means to vist a country for pleasure.
This is not strictly true. You can travel on business, for pleasure or for other reasons.


She is a merchandiser. She has to travel a lot.
The post involves a good deal of foreign travel.
(Job description).
She is a flight attendant so she has travelled a lot.

Of course, if someone asks you what you like doing in your free time, you can say, 'Travelling', as in this context it would be clear that you like travelling for pleasure.

When talking about pleasure trips, we often use the phrase, to go to (a place) on holiday.

You can say, She has gone travelling in Europe, meaning that the trip is for pleasure and is a longer trip in which the person visits a number of different places.

I spent a month travelling in Europe. (You visted three or four different countries).

Standard English

I went on holiday to Japan.

Why did you go to Germany?
I was on holiday.

See also journey, another similar word which is sometimes misused.

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