Tolstoy, to name one artist, managed to spin a decent yarn or two around the travails of the extravagantly wealthy.
He also has reportedly advised Elin Nordegren in her travails with Tiger Woods.
It was he who guided us through the travails of early adulthood.
"labor, toil," mid-13c., from Old French travail "suffering or painful effort, trouble" (12c.), from travailler "to toil, labor," originally "to trouble, torture," from Vulgar Latin *tripaliare "to torture," from *tripalium (in Late Latin trepalium) "instrument of torture," probably from Latin tripalis "having three stakes" (from tria, tres "three" + palus "stake"), which sounds ominous, but the exact notion is obscure. The verb is recorded from late 13c.