Vacation Plans




Part IListen and Read: Listen to the recording on vacations, answer the questions, and then read along with the audio recording.

The first step for planning a vacation is to ______.

The man says, "For starters, I usually take a look at travel guide books or go online and review possible destinations."

He ________ if he wants to travel by plane.

The man says, "If I’m going by plane, then I have to compare prices on airfare for different airlines."

How does the man feel about staying at a budget hotel?

The man says, "I also need to locate hotel accommodations. Fortunately, I don’t mind staying at cheap hotels or even a youth hostel."

Before I go on vacation, I always plan my trip. For starters, I usually take a look at travel guide books or go online and review possible destinations. Then, I check the costs involved in traveling to that particular place. If I’m going by plane, then I have to compare prices on airfare for different airlines. If I’m traveling by train, then I have to look into train passes or tickets. I also need to locate hotel accommodations. Fortunately, I don’t mind staying at cheap hotels or even a youth hostel. Finally, I try to budget money for meals and other sightseeing expenses. If I plan carefully, I usually have a good time

Part 2: Discussion

What advice can you give to someone who is planning to visit your country? Include information about transportation, accommodations, places to see, and dining.

Part 3: Online Investigation

Let’s assume you have been given $1,000 for the trip of your dreams. Pick a destination and use the Internet to plan out a one-week vacation with this budget in mind. Keep in mind that the $1,000 dollars will have to cover all of your expenses, including any shopping you do and all attractions you visit. Compare your costs with someone else’s dream vacation. Which sounds more appealing?

Part 4: Online Listening Practice (from www.esl-lab.com):