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packaged • advantages • disadvantages
backpacking • stumble • expertise
  1. I'm not looking for a new car right now, but if I upon a good deal I would consider buying one.
  2. It is the low tourist season here so you can find great offers on tours.
  3. Her area of is the language development of children.
  4. There are many to having a car in the city. Sometimes it is almost impossible to find parking.
  5. lets you see many areas of the country you would never see if you traveled by plane and ate in fancy restaurants.
  6. One of the biggest of this computer is that it's small and light.
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430 Packaged Tour vs. Backpacking
Simon and Todd talk about the best way to travel.

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packaged tour

When you go, are you taking a packaged tour or are you going on your own like a backpacker?

When you go on a 'packaged tour' it means that everything is included in price you pay. This would mean transportation, accommodation and maybe food. Notice the following:

  1. What is the price for a 4-day packaged tour?
  2. The packaged tour was cheap, but it didn't really give us the freedom that we wanted.

advantages, disadvantages

Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so I haven't decided yet.

An 'advantage' is a positive benefit or something you gain from doing something a certain way. A 'disadvantage' is a negative outcome for doing something a certain way. Notice the following:

  1. One of the big advantages of this camera is that it's so small that it can just fit in my pocket.
  2. One of the disadvantages of reading long books is that you have to carry it around with you.


Backpacking is cheap and you can meet a lot of interesting people.

'Backpacking' is a word to describe an inexpensive method of travel. It includes traveling by bus or train and staying in shared hotel rooms. It is called backpacking because the people who travel like this put all of their belongings in a big backpack. Notice the following:

  1. I spent so much time backpacking that it seems strange to stay in a real hotel now.
  2. Many young people go backpacking through Europe now.

stumble upon

When backpacking, you can sometimes stumble upon really cool things by chance.

When you 'stumble upon something' it means that you discover it by chance. It is not something that you knew about before arriving there. Notice the following:

  1. She always seems to stumble upon interesting buildings.
  2. I stumbled upon the cutest little bakery today.


But if you do a packaged tour, they usually have the expertise about the area.

If someone has 'expertise' about something it means that he is very knowledgeable about the subject. It is a like a specialty. Notice the following:

  1. I would say that his expertise is learning how to get out of difficult situations.
  2. Well, that isn't really my area of expertise, but I will try to help you.