Speaking Travel & Holidays vocabulary

  • accommodation: a room or building in which you stay during holidays or live. While I’m travelling, my favourite types of accommodation are hotels.
  • all holiday: a time after you lost your job. He lost his job yesterday. Now it’s all holiday for him.
  • all-inclusive: a hotel deal where the price includes accommodation, meals and drinks at any time. I’ve never thought that hotels with all-incusive service are so comfortable! You can grab a piece of cake at 6 a.m. or get a cocktail at midnight.
  • half-board: if you request ‘half-board’ at a hotel, breakfast and dinner would be included in the hotel price (as part of the package). John and Lily liked their tour with half-board service. They spent breakfasts and dinners in the hotel and bought lunches in the nearby cafes.
  • full-board: if you request ‘full-board’ at a hotel, that would include all three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in the price of your accommodation.
  • self-catering: a holiday deal where meals are not provided. Mary thinks that self-catering is neither pleasant nor efficient.
  • to book (something): to arrange and confirm a place on a flight, a room in a hotel or a ticket for an event in the future. If you book your plane tickets in advance, they will be much cheaper.
  • breathtaking view: an amazing view. I’ve seen many breathtaking views during my journey to Paris.
  • busman’s holiday: when you spend your free time similarly to the time when you work. This expression comes from the idea that a bus driver would spend his holiday traveling somewhere on a bus.Unfortunately, many people spend a busman’s holiday nowadays.
  • charter flight: a cheap regular flight. Due to our modest budget, we had to take a charter-flight.
  • check-in desk: the place at the airport where you register for your flight and deposit your luggage.
  • far-off destination: a distant place. Australia is a far-off destination, nonetheless I want to visit it.
  • getting away from it all: escaping in order to rest from a daily routine. After I passed my exams, I wanted to get away from it all for at least a couple of days.
  • go off the beaten track: to visit an uncommon place. Unlike my brother, I prefer to go off the beaten track.
  • guided tour: a tour in which a group of people is guided by an expert. Guided tours are a great way to learn about different places of interest.
  • head for: go in a direction for. I’m heading for France for my next holidays.
  • holiday brochure: a publication with details of holiday. Our guide gave us a great brochure about our hotel.
  • holiday destination: where you go for a holiday. We chose New York as our holiday destination for the next summer.
  • holiday of a lifetime: a very special holiday, once in a lifetime. Last year me and my family had a holiday of a lifetime in Italy.
  • holiday resort (tourist resort): a place where lots of people go for a holiday. Last year my family went on a journey to London. We lived in a great tourist resort.
  • hordes of tourists: crowds of tourists. Hordes of tourist can be seen during summer near the city park.
  • in the middle of nowhere: in a place that is far away from where most people live. My grand-mother lives in the middle of nowhere, but she loves her old little village.
  • local crafts: thighs made in the region. My sister bought some amazing local crafts on her trip to India.
  • out of season: not within the main holiday period. I decided to go on a journey with my friends out of season.
  • passport control: a place where you get your passport checked. I spent a few hours waiting in line on a passport control.
  • package tour: a holiday at a fixed price in which the travel company arranges your travel, hotels, and sometimes meals for you: We bought a cheap package tour to Italy and stayed in a big hotel by the sea.
  • picturesque village: a nice, beautiful village. My grandparents live in a picturesque village.
  • places of interest: memorable and honorable places. My native city has a variety of places of interest.
  • short break: a little holiday. My father had a short break this year, I hope he’ll be able to relax some more.
  • stunning landscape: a beautiful countryside. Stunning landscapes are only one of many reasons why I want to visit Africa.
  • to go sightseeing: to go visiting sights of interest. Today we went sightseeing with my friends.
  • to travel on foot / horse When I’m in a small town I prefer to travel on foot.
  • to travel by bus / plane / car / bicycle / motorcycle Although I usually travel by car, when I decided to visit Paris I had to travel by plane.
  • tourist attractions: places which tourists tend to visit. Despite not being a tourist attraction, new fountain is very popular among the locals.
  • tourist trap: place with many tourists. We’ve visited many tourists traps lately.
  • travel agency: a shop that specializes in booking holidays. I’ve bought tickets for my trip through a travel agency.
  • wildlife safari: an observational holiday, mainly in Africa. I’d love to go on a wildlife safari sometime.
  • youth hostel: a cheap hotel. During our trip we stayed in a hostel, because we didn’t have enough money for a hotel.

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