Following the introduction of rail transport (note the concept of the railway excursion), the automobile has made recreational travel more available for people worldwide. Automobiles also allow the easy hauling of trailers, travel trailers, popup campers, off-road vehicles, boats and bicycles, which fosters recreational travel.
Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms suggests the word "trip" as particularly appropriate with reference to relatively short journeys, especially connotating business or pleasure.
- "Automobile." (Recreational travel section). Encyclopædia Britannica. Accessed July 2011.
- "journey". Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms: A Dictionary of Discriminated Synonyms with Antonyms and Analogous and Contrasted Words. Merriam-Webster. 1984. p. 474. ISBN 9780877793410. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
Trip is the preferable word when referring to a relatively short journey, especially one for business or pleasure.
- Roscholler, R J (1973). Recreational travel. Carlton, Vic.: Metropolitan Transportation Committee. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
- Maring, Gary E. (1971). Weekend Recreational Travel Patterns. U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
- Mcdaniel, R. (1968). Characteristics of Commercial Resorts and Recreational Travel Patterns in Southern Ontario. Ontario. Dept. of Highways. Research Branch. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
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