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Conversation about travelling

BestWebIt English course

Topic objectives

  1. Common consideration.
  2. Revise grammar rules
  3. Vocabulary
  4. Reading
  5. Question list
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
“He who does not travel does not know the value of men.” – Moorish proverb

1. Common consideration.

A huge number of people all over the world spend their time travelling. Almost all people are fond of travelling. There are a lot of reasons why people travel. Some of them go abroad because of business trip, others because they want to see new countries and continents, to learn a lot about peoples traditions or to enjoy picturesque places and the ruins of an ancient towns. It's always interesting to discover new things, different ways of life, to meet different people, to try different food and to listen to foreign music.

So, let's consider about travelling... the questions are:

  1. Have you ever been abroad?
  2. Where have you been?
  3. Are you planning on going anywhere for your next vacation? If so, where? Who with? How long will you stay?
  4. Are you afraid of going abroad alone?
  5. Could you live in another country for the rest of your life?
  6. Describe the most interesting person you met on one of your travels.
  7. What was your best trip.
  8. What was your worst trip.
  9. Do you have a driver's license?
  10. Do you like to travel with children? Why or why not?
  11. Do you prefer summer vacations or winter vacations?
  12. Do you prefer to travel alone or in a group? Why?
  13. Do you prefer to travel by train, bus, plane or ship?
  14. Do you prefer traveling by car or by plane?
  15. Have you ever been in a difficult situation while traveling?
  16. Have you ever been on an airplane? How many times?What airlines have you flown with?
  17. Have you ever been to a foreign country?
  18. Have you ever gotten lost while traveling? If so, tell about it.
  19. Have you ever taken a package tour?
  20. How do you spend your time when you are on holiday and the weather is bad?
  21. How many countries have you been to? How many states?
  22. How many times have you traveled abroad?
  23. How much luggage do you usually carry?
  24. If you traveled to South America, what countries would like to visit?
  25. If you went to ___(Insert a country name)__, what kind of souvenirs would you buy?
  26. If you were going on a camping trip for a week, what 10 things would you bring? Explain why.
  27. What are some things that you always take with you on a trip?
  28. What countries would you like to visit? Why?
  29. What countries would you most like to visit?
  30. What countries would you not like to visit? Why?
  31. What country do you most want to visit?Why?Do you think you will ever go there?
  32. What do you need before you can travel to another country?
  33. What is the most interesting city to visit in your country?
  34. What is the most interesting souvenir that you have ever bought on one of your holidays?
  35. What languages can you speak?
  36. What place do you want to visit someday?
  37. What was the most interesting place you have ever visited?
  38. What's the most beautiful place you've ever been to?
  39. When was the last time your traveled?
  40. When you are on a long car journey do you play games or sing songs to occupy your time? What kind of games?What songs?
  41. Where are you going to go the next time you travel?When are you going to go? Who are you going to go with?How long are you going to go for?What are you going to do there?What kind of things do you think you will buy?
  42. Where did you go on your last vacation?How did you go?Who did you go with?
  43. Where did you spend your last vacation? Your summer vacation? Your Christmas vacation?
  44. Where will you go on your next vacation?
  45. Would you like to take a cruise? Where to? With who?
  46. Would you prefer to stay at a hotel/motel or camp while on vacation?
  47. Would you rather visit another country or travel within your own country?
  48. Would you rather go to a place where there are a lot of people or to a place where there are few people?
  49. Do you find more fulfillment from your leisure activities including vacations than from your job?
  50. Do you think the type of vacation one takes reflects one's social status?
  51. What are popular tourist destinations in your country?Have you been to any of them?Which would you recommend if you could only recommend one? Why?
  52. Do you prefer active or relaxing holidays? Why?
  53. Which is better, package tour or a tour you organize and book yourself?
  54. Why do you travel?Why do people travel?
  55. Would you like to go back to the same place?
  56. Did you find anything of particular interest? Did you get attracted to anything special?
  57. What are some benefits of travel?Why do people travel?
  58. What is your favorite mode of travel?
  59. Have you travelled in business class?
  60. When you were a child did your family take a vacation every year?
  61. Do you prefer a budget or first class hotel? Why?
  62. Do you travel with a lot of baggage or do you like to travel light?
  63. What is your favorite method of travel at your destination? Train? Bus? Boat? Bicycle? Backpacking?
  64. What is the best kind of holiday for different ages of people? Children? Teenagers? Adults? Elderly people?
  65. Do you think it is a good idea to travel with friends, or alone? How about with your family?
  66. If you had $100,000, where would you go on holiday? How about if you had $10,000? What about $1,000?
  67. Which countries have you travelled to?
  68. Do you prefer hot countries or cool countries when you go on holiday
  69. Who makes the decisions when your family decides to go on holiday
  70. If you could choose one place to go this weekend, where would it be?
  71. Has the airline ever lost your luggage? What happened?
  72. On long flights do you usually walk around the plane to avoid health problems?
  73. Have you ever read an interesting question in an in-flight magazine? What was it?
  74. Is there any difference between young tourists and adult tourists?
  75. Do you think tourism will harm the earth?

2. Grammar

Simple Past

Form by

past simple

Рис. 1. Past Simple.

You called Debbie.
You did not call Debbie.
Did you call Debbie?

USE 1 Completed Action in the Past

past simple

Use the Simple Past to express the idea that an action started and finished at a specific time in the past. Sometimes, the speaker may not actually mention the specific time, but they do have one specific time in mind.

I saw a movie yesterday.
I didn't see a play yesterday.
Last year, I traveled to Japan.
Last year, I didn't travel to Korea.
Did you have dinner last night?
She washed her car.
He didn't wash his car.

USE 2 A Series of Completed Actions

past simple

We use the Simple Past to list a series of completed actions in the past. These actions happen 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and so on.

I finished work, walked to the beach, and found a nice place to swim.
He arrived from the airport at 8:00, checked into the hotel at 9:00, and met the others at 10:00.
Did you add flour, pour in the milk, and then add the eggs?

USE 3 Duration in Past

past simple

The Simple Past can be used with a duration which starts and stops in the past. A duration is a longer action often indicated by expressions such as: for two years, for five minutes, all day, all year, etc.

I lived in Brazil for two years.
Shauna studied Japanese for five years.
They sat at the beach all day.
They did not stay at the party the entire time.
We talked on the phone for thirty minutes.
A: How long did you wait for them?
B: We waited for one hour.

USE 4 Habits in the Past

past simple

The Simple Past can also be used to describe a habit which stopped in the past. It can have the same meaning as " used to." To make it clear that we are talking about a habit, we often add expressions such as: always, often, usually, never, when I was a child, when I was younger, etc.

I studied French when I was a child.
He played the violin.
He didn't play the piano.
Did you play a musical instrument when you were a kid?
She worked at the movie theater after school.
They never went to school, they always skipped class.

USE 5 Past Facts or Generalizations

past simple

The Simple Past can also be used to describe past facts or generalizations which are no longer true. As in USE 4 above, this use of the Simple Past is quite similar to the expression "used to".

She was shy as a child, but now she is very outgoing.
He didn't like tomatoes before.
Did you live in Texas when you were a kid?
People paid much more to make cell phone calls in the past.

IMPORTANT When-Clauses Happen First

Clauses are groups of words which have meaning but are often not complete sentences. Some clauses begin with the word "when" such as "when I dropped my pen..." or "when class began..." These clauses are called when-clauses, and they are very important. The examples below contain when-clauses.

When I paid her one dollar, she answered my question.
She answered my question when I paid her one dollar.

When-clauses are important because they always happen first when both clauses are in the Simple Past. Both of the examples above mean the same thing: first, I paid her one dollar, and then, she answered my question. It is not important whether "when I paid her one dollar" is at the beginning of the sentence or at the end of the sentence. However, the example below has a different meaning. First, she answered my question, and then, I paid her one dollar.

I paid her one dollar when she answered my question.


The examples below show the placement for grammar adverbs such as: always, only, never, ever, still, just, etc.

You just called Debbie.
Did you just call Debbie?


Tom repaired the car. Active
The car was repaired by Tom. Passive

3. Vocabulary

What does next word mean? Explain it and make up sentences.

  1. Propose
  2. Verb

    put forward (an idea or plan) for consideration or discussion by others.

    Example: " he proposed a new nine-point peace plan "

    Synonym: put forward, suggest, submit, advance, offer, present, move, come up with, lodge, table, nominate

  3. challenge
  4. Noun

    a call to take part in a contest or competition, especially a duel.

    Example: " he accepted the challenge "

    Synonym: dare, provocation, summons


    invite (someone) to engage in a contest.

    Example: " he challenged one of my men to a duel "

    Synonym: disagree with, dispute, take issue with, protest against

  5. Exacting
  6. Adjective

    making great demands on one's skill, attention, or other resources.

    Example: " living up to such exacting standards "

    Synonym: demanding, stringent, testing, challenging, onerous, arduous, laborious, taxing, grueling, punishing, hard, tough


    demand and obtain (something, especially a payment) from someone.

    Example: " Our role is to produce the finest car, to the most exacting standards, in the world motor industry. "

    Synonym: demand, require, insist on, request, impose, expect, extract, compel, force, squeeze

  7. performance
  8. Noun

    An act of staging or presenting a play, concert, or other form of entertainment.

    Example: "Don Giovanni had its first performance in 1787"

    Synonym: show, production, showing, presentation, staging, concert, recital, gig

    The action or process of carrying out or accomplishing an action, task, or function.

    Example: "the continual performance of a single task reduces a man to the level of a machine "

    Synonym: carrying out, execution, discharge, accomplishment, completion, fulfillment

  9. relevant
  10. Adjective

    closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand.

    Example: " the candidate's experience is relevant to the job "

    Synonym: pertinent, applicable, apposite, material, apropos, to the point, germane, connected, related, linked, on-topic

  11. attentive
  12. Adjective

    paying close attention to something.

    Example: " never before had she had such an attentive audience "

    Synonym: perceptive, observant, alert, acute, aware, heedful, vigilant, intent, focused, undistracted, committed, studious, diligent, conscientious, wary,

Watch another words: English Vocabulary...

Phrasal verb

Phrasal verbs are usually two-word phrases consisting of verb + adverb or verb + preposition. Think of them as you would any other English vocabulary. Study them as you come across them, rather than trying to memorize many at once. Use the list below as a reference guide when you find an expression that you don't recognize. The example sentences will help you understand the meanings. If you think of each phrasal verb as a separate verb with a specific meaning, you will be able to remember it more easily. Like many other verbs, phrasal verbs often have more than one meaning.

phrasal verb meaning example sentence
ask sby out invite on a date Brian asked Judy out to dinner and a movie.
ask around ask many people the same question I asked around but nobody has seen my wallet.
add up to sthg equal Your purchases add up to $205.32.
run over sby/ sthg drive a vehicle over a person or thing I accidentally ran over your bicycle in the driveway.
run over/ through sthg rehearse, review Let's run over/through these lines one more time before the show.
run away leave unexpectedly, escape The child ran away from home and has been missing for three days.
run out have none left We ran out of shampoo so I had to wash my hair with soap.
send sthg back return (usually by mail) My letter got sent back to me because I used the wrong stamp.
set sthg up arrange, organize Our boss set a meeting up with the president of the company.
set sby up trick, trap The police set up the car thief by using a hidden camera.
shop around compare prices I want to shop around a little before I decide on these boots.
show off act extra special for people watching (usually boastfully) He always shows off on his skateboard
sleep over stay somewhere for the night (informal) You should sleep over tonight if the weather is too bad to drive home.
sort sthg out organize, resolve a problem We need to sort the bills out before the first of the month.
stick to sthg continue doing sthg, limit yourself to one particular thing You will lose weight if you stick to the diet.
switch sthg off stop the energy flow, turn off The light's too bright. Could you switch it off.
switch sthg on start the energy flow, turn on We heard the news as soon as we switched on the car radio.
take after sby resemble a family member I take after my mother. We are both impatient.
take sthg apart purposely break into pieces He took the car brakes apart and found the problem.
take sthg back return an item I have to take our new TV back because it doesn't work.
take off start to fly My plane takes off in five minutes.
take sthg off remove sthg (usually clothing) Take off your socks and shoes and come in the lake!
take sthg out remove from a place or thing Can you take the garbage out to the street for me?
take sby out pay for sby to go somewhere with you My grandparents took us out for dinner and a movie.
tear sthg up rip into pieces I tore up my ex-boyfriend's letters and gave them back to him.
think back remember (often + to, sometimes + on) When I think back on my youth, I wish I had studied harder.
think sthg over consider I'll have to think this job offer over before I make my final decision.
throw sthg away dispose of We threw our old furniture away when we won the lottery.

4. Reading

travel jobs

Travelling Jobs: The Best Jobs For People Who Love Travel and How to Get Them

As people who love to travel can testify, travelling can be a seriously expensive business. Whether you’re travelling solo, travelling in New Zealand, travelling in Thailand, travelling by train, or just travelling to nowhere in particular; you’re going to have to pay for all this travelling. Of course, the best way to pay for things is with money and the best way to get money is with a job.

It’s easy to view the word ‘job’ as a fun-sponge, designed to suck the fun out of life. But, jobs can be great. They open up the world for people, and broaden their horizons in the process. Not all jobs, it’s important to remember, are the standard nine-to-five whack. Some jobs, especially those related to travelling in some way, have the potential to be genuinely enjoyable experiences.

So, you’ve got the world at your feet and you want to bag yourself a travel job? Where do you start? Who do you contact? What websites do you hit? What job, for that matter, is best for you? There’s so many questions to ask, and so much to consider, that it can all seem a little overwhelming to those that jump-in unprepared.

Here some jobs that can be bind with travelling:

Teaching English

Whenever the topic of travel jobs come up in conversation, the subject of teaching English as a foreign language is usually not too far behind. TEFL is sometimes, unfairly perhaps, labelled as the “last hope for the young and directionless.” But, putting that massive generalisation to one side, teaching English as a foreign language is a great way to live virtually anywhere in the world.

English, because of its cultural and economic significance as a language, is a skill that people are always wanting to learn. The big demand for it, and for those able to teach it well, means the pay is good and that many jobs come with flights and travel costs included.

For the best and most legitimate teaching jobs, you’ll need a degree and TEFL qualification. CELTA (Certificate in English Teaching to Adults) qualifications are the most universally recognised, and often preferred by education-employers. Courses usually take about four weeks to complete. After finishing it, and getting the certificate to prove it, you’re free to start applying for jobs in whichever location you fancy.

Au Pair

Being an Au Pair is a great way to experience a new country, from the perspective of the people who live there. It will give you a real opportunity to learn a new language, and provide you with plenty of free time to explore the place you’re living in. You won’t get rich being an Au Pair, but you’ll get a roof over your head and be well-fed.

Of course, getting a job as an Au Pair will be easier if you have previous experience of childcare. That being said, a positive can-do attitude and a personality match with the family will often be the biggest factor in them choosing you.


What is a WWOOFer? Apart from being a really silly acronym, that is. Well, first and foremost, WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. Once you know that, it doesn’t take much of a leap to work out that a WWOOFer is a term used to describe the people who work on the farms.

If you like the idea of working in organic farming, and are willing to volunteer 4-6 hours a day, then WWOOFing might just be the travel job for you. You’ll be provided with food, accommodation, and an educational insight into local ways of living.

WWOOFing can take you to virtually every corner of the globe. Whether it be to a rice farm in China, a banana plantation in Costa Rica, or an eco village in the Lapland of Sweden; there are WWOOF hosts all over the world waiting for you to help them out.

travel writer

Travel Writer

What could be better than travelling the world, and getting paid to write about it? Not much…not much. Of course, making money from travel writing isn’t exactly the easiest path to go down but it’s definitely one of the most rewarding.

Brooke Saward, who set up the World of Wanderlust website and now works as a travel blogger full-time, has this to say:
“I get tonnes of emails about where to start as a travel blogger and the best piece of advice I can give is to just start! We all have to start somewhere. When I first began travel blogging I knew I wanted to make it my full time career, but I had no idea how.”
“So I just started writing, editing, adjusting my approach, and over time improving the way I write, what I write about, and how I connect with my readers around the world.”
“Someone once told me that it was worth more in the long run to work for free at something you love until you get paid to do it, rather than to do something until you love it. Those words stuck with me and after a few months writing for free, I was starting to make (small amounts) of money from travel blogging. Over time I have been fortunate enough to make this my full time career!”

So You Want To Be A Travel Writer?

Flight Attendant

If you love travelling, and want to be paid to do it, being a flight attendant is one of the most obvious jobs out there. It’s a chaotic way to live, and you definitely have to be a real people-person, but it’s also a great way to visit countries all over the world.

You’ll get on a plane, put in a shift, stay a night or two in foreign cities, and do it all again. The constant timezone shifts will be strange, especially if you’re working the long-haul flights, but it might just be the travel job for you.

Anyone who’s sat next to a troublesome, overly-fussy, passenger will know that flight attendants don’t always have it easy. But when you weigh this up against all the benefits the job offers you (included heavily discounted flights for you and your family), patiently dealing with that annoying passenger might just be a price worth paying.

cruise ship

Cruise Ship Crew

Much like being a flight attendant, working on a cruise ship means you literally get paid for travelling from one place to another. Not an ideal job if you suffer from intense bouts of seasickness and/or have a general hate for working in hospitality, but if you’d like to spend your winter in the Caribbean and your summer in Scandinavia then this could be just the employment opportunity you’ve been searching for.

Cruise ships, especially luxurious ones, have every kind of job opportunity imaginable. Cooks, cleaners, musicians, fitness instructors, art sellers, beauty therapists and nursery staff; it’s all happening on these oversized boats.

If you’ve got experience in customer service, and a recognised qualification in the profession of your choosing, you’re all set to make money on a cruise ship.


Photography, much like travel writing, isn’t necessarily the easiest thing to make money from initially. That being said, if you’ve got a passion for cameras and an eye for a shot there’s no reason whatsoever you can’t travel the globe and make taking snaps your full-time profession.

Being a photographer, you’ll be able to work on a freelance basis; travelling the world as and when you please. If you want to take professional standard photos, and thus increase the likelihood of you getting paid for the moments you capture, you might want to take a photography course (a university course is highly recommended).


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