Episode 9 of the podcast is all about travelling, do you like to travel light? Have you got the travel bug? We spoke to two people who definitely have, Jon and Ania from hitchhikershandbook.com; they came on the show to tell us about their various adventures. We also spoke to people about their weird and wonderful travel experiences as well as our vocabulary section “5 Ways to Say.” Below you’ll find the timings of the episode in case you want to skip ahead or use specific parts in class:
Tim and Katy travel stories – 0 -13.30
Main Interview – John and Ania – 13.30 – 30.00
5 Ways to say – travel vocab – 30.10 – 35.00
Vox pops – Shay – 35.20 – 40.30
Outro – 40.35 – End
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This is a vocabulary and conversation activity for higher levels (high B2+) on the subject of travelling. Download the student handout and powerpoint below:
UPDATE: I’ve combined this lesson plan with the “My Ideal Holiday” lesson.
In pairs students discuss the following questions
What’s the best place you’ve ever visited?
How often do you travel?
Do you have any trips planned for the near future?
Give out the handout. Have students read the texts and decide who they are most similar to. Let them share their ideas in pairs or small groups and give reasons for their answers.
Have students match the expressions in bold with the definitions at the bottom.
get the travel bug.
live it up
catch some rays
at the crack of dawn
savour local delicacies
sit and watch the world go by
feel right at home
experience a culture shock
watch one’s back
a culture vulture
have everything planned out
travel on a shoestring
see how the mood takes one
off the beaten track
Students complete the sentences with the correct expressions:
Students discuss the following questions in groups of 3.
Do you travel light? If so, how do you decide what to pack?
You have to watch your back when you’re travelling alone; there are a lot of dangerous people out there. Do you agree?
Which place that you’ve visited was the biggest culture shock? Where did you feel right at home? Why?
Do you normally travel on a shoestring or live it up? How can you save money while travelling? Would you consider hitchhiking or couchsurfing?
Have you got the travel bug? Have you got itchy feet? If so, where’s next on the list?
Do you like to pack a lot in/have a full plate or see how the mood takes you when you’re travelling?
What’s the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by for you?
How important is it for you to catch some rays when you’re on holiday?
How do you choose a holiday destination? Are you a culture vulture?
Holiday Destinations Discussion
Project the powerpoint, tell students that they are going to choose a holiday destination in their groups from a number of popular places around the world.
Show them the second slide and have them copy down the different expressions:
Right up my street
My dream destination
It’s on my list
… really floats my boat
Not my cup of tea
I don’t see the appeal of…
It just doesn’t do it for me.
…isn’t really my thing
… don’t/doesn’t really float my boat
… are a big no-no for me.
Go on then, I’ll give it a go.
I’ll try anything once!
Then have students discuss the different holiday destinations in groups and decide on one which the whole group would like to visit.
Students could write a CAE/CPE style Proposal composition about the process of deciding on a holiday destination for the group. They could evaluate the different merits and drawbacks of three of the destinations from the powerpoint and recommend one as the destination for an end of year trip.
Alternatively they could write a review of a holiday to one of the places.