Movement is one of the fundamental behaviours that underpin human life and society, yet we still understand too little about its nature, its importance, and how human travel and mobility might be changing in response to technological and social developments. This project aims to research the fundamental motivations to travel using as wide a range of insights as possible. A group of distinguished experts started the project by writing topic sheets on the theme of ‘Why Travel?’. These were launched by the Secretary of State for Transport at a special event hosted at Rothschild. From this starting point the project will expand to include themed workshops and debates, a book, a television series and an interactive website. Please see www.whytravel.org for more information on this exciting project.