Making Vacation Plans for the Summer

It’s June, which means summer has finally arrived! The temperature is increasing day-by-day, so people will soon be heading to parks and beaches to relax and enjoy this weather.  

Since summer has just begun, it’s a great time to start thinking about our summer plans! Even though we may be limited this year due to coronavirus, we can still imagine what types of things we would like to do during the summer.

Check out the following articles, videos, and learning resources so you are prepared to talk about your summertime plans and vacations!

Video: Easy English 32 – Travel Destinations

In this video, a man asks people in Margate (a beach near New York City) the following question: “If you could go anywhere in the world for your ideal vacation, where would you go?”

Watch the video and listen to the answers. What kinds of places do these people want to visit? What are their reasons for wanting to visit these places?

If you could go anywhere in the world for your ideal vacation, where would you go? Why?

Article: Walt Disney World and the Coronavirus

Many people are looking forward to visiting Tokyo Disneyland this summer. However, although amusement parks like Disneyland are reopening, there are strict rules to ensure that the coronavirus does not spread.

Read this article to learn about some of the precautions that theme parks are taking to limit the spread of the virus!

What kinds of precautions can you take to protect yourself from coronavirus this summer?

Useful Vocabulary to talk about Vacations

General Travel Vocabulary

abroad (adverb)safari (noun)
adventure (noun)sightseeing (noun)
backback (verb)souvenir (noun)
excursion (noun)stay (noun)
foreign (adj.)traveler (noun)
postcard (noun)voyage (noun)
road trip (noun) 

Planning a Vacation

day trip (noun)destination (noun)
tour (noun)brochure (noun)
tourism (noun)visa (noun)
travel agency (noun)honeymoon (noun)
travel agent (noun)package tour (noun)
reservation (noun) 
Cruise (noun)
Theme park/Amusement park (noun)

Hotels and Accommodations

accommodation (noun)double room (noun)
book (verb)room service (noun)
card key (noun)pack (verb)
check-in (noun/verb)unpack (verb)
checkout (noun)guest (noun)
Hostel (noun)
Bed and breakfast (noun)
Cottage (noun)
Villa (noun)
Resort (noun)
Front desk (noun)

Camping

camp (verb)explore (verb)
campfire (noun)trek (noun)
campsite (noun)backpack (noun)
tent (noun)sleeping bag (noun)
hiking (noun) 

Day Trip to the Beach

sand (noun)sunbathe (verb)
sandy (adjective)sunscreen (noun)
seaside (noun) 

Money and Travel

budget (noun)exchange (noun)
currency (noun) 

Possible Questions about Vacations to ask during English Lounge

  1. If you could travel anywhere, where would you like to go and why?
  2. What is your favorite part about traveling?
  3. When you travel, where do you prefer to stay? For example, do you prefer a hostel, bed and breakfast, resort, or private villa?
  4. Which do you prefer: going camping or going to the beach? Why?
  5. Have you ever been on a cruise? What was that experience like?
  6. When you travel, how do you budget your money? What do you spend the most money on? What do you spend the least money on?


 

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