736 Travel Options


Keren compares ways to travel, such as travelling alone or with a friend.

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Todd: Could you talk about, when you travel, do you prefer to travel with somebody to travel alone?

Keren: I prefer to travel with someone but on my next trip I'm actually traveling alone so I'm looking forward to seeing whether I enjoy myself. Yeah.

Todd: So this will be the first time you've travelled alone?

Keren: It will be the first trip where I actually plan the whole trip by myself. Yeah.

Todd: OK, next. When you travel do you like to follow a guide book or do you like to explore and just do things without any planning.

Keren: I tend to be on a time budget so I do use guidebooks and in general it will be the Lonely Planet - the same as everybody else.

Todd: You go to the same places as everybody else.

Keren: Yeah.

Todd: Yeah. I guess that's just how it normally works... OK When you travel do you usually like to go on a budget for a long time or do you like to spend a little money and have more of a good time and a shorter vacation?

Keren: Definitely I prefer to be on a budget and have much longer time. Yeah, and I think on a budget that you experience the culture better as well, so I think it's better all around.

Todd: Now when you travel what are some things you do to save money?

Keren: I cut down on alcohol.

Todd: Oh, yeah

Keren: Because that's usually a big expense and I shop at supermarkets and tend to, try not to eat in restaurant so much.

Todd: OK, and the last one is when you travel to you try to stay away from other tourists and travelers or do you like to meet other people as you travel?

Keren: I like to spend time away from other tourists but I find that that's often difficult and for example in a place like Machu Pichu there are thousands and thousands other tourists and there's nothing you can do about it.


Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson

time budget

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I tend to be on a time budget so I do use guidebooks.

A 'time budget' is when you don't have a lot of time to spend doing things at your leisure, so, as a result, you have to limit the time that you have to do certain things.

Notice the following:

  1. I am not sure if we will get chance to do all of those things, as we are on quite a strict time budget.
  2. She says that she is on a time budget, but she will try and get to see you at the weekend.

Lonely Planet

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In general it will be the Lonely Planet - the same as everybody else.

'Lonely Planet' is a company that produces guidebooks and travel guides for countries all over the world.

Notice the following:

  1. I always take a Lonely Planet guide book with me.
  2. Have you tried the Lonely Planet series? I always find them to be very good.

experience the culture

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I think on a budget that you experience the culture better as well.

When you 'experience the culture' of a place, it means that you immerse yourself in the way that they people from that area do things.

Notice the following:

  1. I always try and experience the culture of new countries that I visit.
  2. Did you experience any interesting cultures when you were traveling?

cut down

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I cut down on alcohol.

When you 'cut down' on something it means that you decrease how much you do it, consume it or buy it.

Notice the following:

  1. I need to cut down on the amount of chocolate that I eat.
  2. To lose weight, you need to cut down on your food portions and exercise more.

thousands and thousands

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In a place like Machu Picchu, there are thousands and thousands of other tourists and there's nothing you can do about it.

'Thousands and thousands' is a term (usually exaggerated) to describe that there is a lot of something.

Notice the following:

  1. I have thousands and thousand of jobs to do today.
  2. There are thousands and thousands of houses in the city.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
budget • Lonely Planet • culture
cut down • thousands
  1. If feels like there are and thousands of people at the fair today.
  2. A good way to experience the is to live with a local family.
  3. says there are many inexpensive hostels on this street.
  4. You really need to on the amount of time you spend shopping.
  5. I'm kind of on a time today, but I would have about an hour to get coffee with you.