“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.” (unknown)
- Do you agree that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer? Why/why not?
- How often do you travel?
- What is usually the purpose of your trips? (business, tourism, visiting people, etc.)
- Tell your teacher about your latest trip (place, time, purpose, highlights).
A highlight is the best or most exciting or interesting part of something.
Travel, trip or journey?
- Travel (noun, uncountable) – the activity of traveling: Business travel is a significant expense for companies. Air travel is very safe. I love music, literature, good food and travel. Travels (plural noun) – journeys: Join me on my travels. Read about my travels. I write about my travels in my diary.
- Journey (noun, countable) – the act of traveling from one place to another, especially in a vehicle (e.g. a car, truck, etc.): Have a safe journey! I love listening to music during long car journeys. The journey was quick because the road was clear. A journey can also mean a trip over a long period or a great distance: We are planning a journey to China. They set off on the long journey home. This will be an epic journey. A journey is also a process of changing and developing over a period of time (literary language): My journey through life is always exciting. Read about her spiritual journey to freedom.
- Trip (noun, countable) – a journey in which you go somewhere, usually for a short time, and come back again: The trip from Tokyo to Yokohama takes an hour by car. We are going on trip to France this summer. How about a trip to the zoo this afternoon?
Exercise 1. Choose the right word to complete the sentences (sometimes a few answers are possible):
- The boat (travel/journey/trip) down the Amazon was great.
- He makes the (travel/journey/trip) to Moscow three times a year.
- I would like to rest after the long (travel/journey/trip).
- Let me tell you about my (travel/journey/trip) to happiness.
- Space (travel/journey/trip) is exciting but dangerous.
- Her (travels/journeys/trips) have taken her to many parts of the world.
- Our agency deals mostly with business (travel/journey/trip).
- He’s just returned from a fishing (travel/journey/trip) to Scotland.
- I never go on shopping (travels/journeys/trips)
- She writes about a (travel/journey/trip) through time.
Answer the questions:
- How long is your journey to work/school?
- How often do you go on business trips? How many business trips do you make every year?
- Do you write about your travels in a diary or on a blog?
What do you see in the pictures below? What are the advantages (and possible disadvantages) of each of the travel types?
- Which travel experience would you love in the nearest future?Why?
- Have you ever had a disastrous trip? If you have, what happened?
Listening. Listen to a part of a radio program. Why was the holiday of Sean’s uncle and aunt a disaster?
a) because the weather was awful
b) because the place was very noisy
c) because they argued a lot
The tapescript is here.
The audio file origin: (Oxford) New English File pre-intermediate student’s book
Listen again and correct the wrong information:
Seanwent to Ibiza. His aunt and uncle went to Ibiza.
- They are both 60.
- They wanted an exciting holiday.
- They usually spend their holidays abroad.
- They knew it was “The Party Island.”
- They first went there in the 1950s.
- They booked the holiday at a travel agent’s.
- The hotel was in a quiet part of town.
- They are going to go abroad again next year.
Homework: Write a short article about a disastrous holiday which you or someone you know once had. Use around 200 words.
Exercise 1. 1. trip 2. journey/trip 3. journey/trip 4. journey 5. travel 6. travels/journeys/trips 7. travel 8. trip 9. trips 10. journey