Hi there! This is ABC English Levels and Valentine. Welcome to our new lesson on FCE Speaking Part 1 about travelling! You will learn how to talk about travelling and a tip on what to say when you don’t what to say)).
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What you will learn
Somebody said that «We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us» and that «The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page». How do you feel about travelling? I really enjoy it! I think this is the most exciting thing on Earth.
Today is the last lesson on Speaking Part 1 of the FCE exam, and you’ll learn how to talk about travelling, useful vocabulary on types of travelling, places to see, and thing to do while travelling, and another tip to make you feel more confident.
Questions about travelling
The examiner might ask you:
- Do you like travelling? (Why?)
- Where did you spend your last vacation? Why did you go there? (When? Who with? Did you like it there?)
- Tell me about a place you’d like to visit. (Where? Why?)
- Why do people travel? (New cultures, different food, festivals and carnivals, business, etc.)
- What are your reasons to travel? (New cultures, different food, interesting people, festivals, etc.)
If you are kind of blocked and can’t come up with any ideas to answer why people travel, think about yourself and your own reasons for travelling. This approach, thinking about yourself in any situation, will always help you to answer any kind of questions.
Now let’s move to the useful vocabulary on the topic of travelling.
Types of travelling
Apart from the usual travelling on a beach holiday or sightseeing, there are some other types.
- A package holiday -a holiday organized by a travel agency for which you pay a fixed price including the cost of the hotel and travel, and sometimes food
- A city break – a short holiday spent in a city
- A day trip – tour or excursion when a person leaves in the morning and returns the same evening
- An incentive tour – a journey given to a worker as a reward for good work
- A staycation – a holiday that you take at home or near your home rather than travelling to another place
- A trek – a long hard walk lasting several days or weeks, usually in the mountains
- A weekend break – a trip, often to a city or countryside hotel, that includes Saturday and Sunday
- Pilgrimage – travel to an important religious place
Types of travellers
- City slicker (a city dweller with sophisticated manners and clothing)
- Beach bum (if they have their favourite drink, a sun-lounger and a sea, they’re absolutely happy)
- Pampered princess (will never swamp their creature comforts (everyday things that make you feel comfortable) for anything else; cosy relaxed atmosphere and maybe some beauty treatments are all they need)
- Adventurer at heart (will always look for off the beaten tracks and undiscovered indigenous places)
- Culture vulture (needs all sorts of sights, art and culture features).
And what type are you?)
Places you see
Remote regions/far-flung places, busy tourist resort, steep slopes, high peaks, picturesque landscapes, rugged/rough paths, deserted beaches, spectacular coastlines, breathtaking glaciers, local hand-craft shops and traditional markets.
What you do
Set off on a journey (start a journey), be off the beaten track (stay away from the usual touristic places), sample (try) the local cuisine, follow a trail, enjoy the buzz of the city, soak up (immerse yourself in) the atmosphere, hit (go a lot) the beach/the shops, get away from it all, recharge one‘s batteries, go on a trek, have/enjoy creature comforts.
Vocabulary in practice
Now let’s see how we could answer the examiner’s question.
Examiner: Why do people travel?
You: I guess, travelling gives you a real thrill from soaking up the new atmosphere, sampling different cuisine and meeting local people. Besides, nowadays escaping from your daily routine has become much easier, and everybody can find something suitable for them. For example, I’m a culture vulture and a bum beach at the same time. So, I always look for the places that offer cultural events alongside tourist resorts on spectacular coastlines.
Well, we’ll stop here. Thank you for listening, leave your likes on iTunes and comments below if you find the lesson useful. Hope to have you with me the next lesson which will be the first related to Speaking Part 2 of the FCE exam. Don’t miss it!
This was ABC English Levels and Valentine. Take care and good luck!