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backpacker • go as far as • perception
predisposition • embarked
  1. She has a trying dangerous new things.
  2. He was 17 when he on his first solo trip.
  3. I would to say he looks younger than he did in university.
  4. It frustrates him when people think he's a even though he has lived there for 5 years.
  5. What is your of the situation?
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893 Backpackers
Johnathan talks about backpackers and compares them to tourists and travellers.

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There's people who are called backpackers.

'Backpackers' is what we call young travelers with very little money.  They usually stay in hostels, eat street food, and have all of their things in a big backpack.  Notice the following:

  1. Europe is full of backpackers in the summer.
  2. Backpackers often stay at youth hostels or guest houses.

I'd go as far as to say

I don't know if I'd go as far as to say I'm a backpacker.

We use the phrase 'I'd go as far as to say' when we give a strong opinion about something.  Notice the following:

  1. I'd go as far as to say it's her best movie ever.
  2. He went as far as to say he'd leave the company.

unusual perception

They have an unusual perception.

When we have an 'unusual perception,' that means we think about things differently than most people.  Notice the following:

  1. They have an unusual perception of foreigners.
  2. He has an unusual perception of success.

a greater predisposition

Certain nationalities have a greater predisposition to travel.

Here, a 'predisposition' talks about things we do in certain situations because of our culture or a tendency that we have.  Notice the following:

  1. Europeans have a greater predisposition to travel than Americans.
  2. Many Asian cultures have a greater predisposition to avoid conflict in social situations.

embark on their career

They want to travel before they embark on their career.

To 'embark on' something is similar in meaning to 'start'. We often use this term to talk about traveling.  Notice the following:

  1. You must get a visa before you embark on your trip.
  2. When do you embark on your big adventure?