South Africans will recognize the origin of the word as being from Dutch/Afrikaans languages. The Afrikaans meaning is: to make a journey by ox wagon – to migrate and to travel slowly. Later it was included by local English speaking South Africans to mean a short or long journey. “Oh did we tell you we are trekking to Durban for a week?” The word has become a colloquialism. Now it seems that the word TREK has gone international! This came to mind when reading a letter recently from a Japanese friend, a lecturer in her home country of English as a second language, that she had gone “TREKKING” in another part of Japan. Words travel like birds migrating.