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Travel and Tourism Vocabulary

INTERMEDIATE - UPPER-INTERMEDIATE

PROVERBS AND IDIOMS

Task 1. Provide the Russian equivalents for the following proverbs.

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When in Rome, do as the Romans.

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There's no place like home.

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He travels fastest who travels alone.

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Travel broadens the mind.

Task 2. Provide the Russian translations for the words in bold. Copy them to your Total Vocabulary file.

City breaks in PRAGUE

Prague is a stunning city, and this thriving capital of the Czech Republic makes a romantic and vibrant city- break destination. A stroll through Prague’s cobbled streets is wonderfully exciting: its architecture is remarkably diverse, and amazingly untouched by the Second World War, although Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock have recently been undergoing restoration.

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Off the beaten track on the Great Wall of CHINA

Our China trek offers a unique experience for the adventurous traveller who wants to get away from it all. Apart from the spectacular scenery, you will have the rare opportunity to camp in a remote part of rural China and experience local life in its most unspoilt state.

 

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Unwind on the ALGARVE

If you need to unwind, try the Algarve in the southern Portugal. Laze around on the golden, sandy beaches, soak up the atmosphere of traditional fishing villages like Alvor, or just go for a wander around Albufeira’s old town, which still retains its wonderful charm.

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Task 3. Look at the pictures, read the sentences and note the bolded vocabulary.

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The Empire State Building, the emblem of New York City and also one of the top tourist traps in New York City.
 

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Guinness Storehouse named Ireland’s top visited tourist attraction

 

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Girlfriends go sightseeing. In hands women have a card. They are surrounded with fine architecture.

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Italy is by far our most popular holiday destination, offering you the opportunity to admire a stunning natural landscape, enjoy delicious cuisine, bask in the sunshine, and explore a unique culture. 

 

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Our hotel is located in an exceptionally quiet area, only a few metres from the Charles Bridge. This is a short distance from the most attractive places of interest, right in the heart of ancient Mala Strana (Lesser Town) on Kampa Island.  

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The factory is placed in the picturesque village of Oxberg in Dalarna, Sweden.

 

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Passport control and immigration process is performed only for people whose destination is a non-Schengen country and for those returning from such countries.

 

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Traveling during off-peak season can mean cheaper flights, cheaper hotels, and the chance to see a destination at a less frenetic time of year.  

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You can’t beat Cancun as a holiday Destination – Cancun, in Mexico, is becoming more and more popular in recent years. 

 

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Local people act as guides, tourists are charged a daily levy which goes directly into the local community and local crafts are sold to tourists.

 

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Just before you reach the beach, there is a street of souvenir shops selling clothes, jewellery, perfumes, cards or real English chocolate to the hordes of tourists that visit every summer. 

 

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Word / expression Example
tourist trap We’ve visited many tourists traps lately.
tourist attractions Despite not being a tourist attraction, new fountain is very popular among the locals.
to go sightseeing Today we went sightseeing with my friends.
stunning landscape Stunning landscapes are only one of many reasons why I want to visit Africa.
short break My father had a short break this year, I hope he’ll be able to relax some more.
places of interest My native city has a variety of places of interest.
picturesque village My grandparents live in a picturesque village.
passport control I spent a few hours waiting in line on a passport control.
out of season I decided to go on a journey with my friends out of season.
local crafts My sister bought some amazing local crafts on her trip to India.
hordes of tourists Hordes of tourist can be seen during summer near the city park.
holiday destination We chose New York as our holiday destination for the next summer.
holiday brochure Our guide gave us a great brochure about our hotel.
head for I’m heading for the work now.
go off the beaten track Unlike my brother, I prefer to go off the beaten track.
far-off destination Australia is a far-off destination, nonetheless I want to visit it.
busman’s holiday Unfortunately, many people spend a busman’s holiday nowadays..
find a gem Try to find a local guide when you visit a foreign country to successfully find a gem during your trip.
Have a stopover I had a stopover in China on the way to Thailand, had a bit of a rest, and did the sights there before travelling on.
Word / expression Example
tourist trap We’ve visited many tourists traps lately.
tourist attractions Despite not being a tourist attraction, new fountain is very popular among the locals.
to go sightseeing Today we went sightseeing with my friends.
stunning landscape Stunning landscapes are only one of many reasons why I want to visit Africa.
short break My father had a short break this year, I hope he’ll be able to relax some more.
places of interest My native city has a variety of places of interest.
picturesque village My grandparents live in a picturesque village.
passport control I spent a few hours waiting in line on a passport control.
out of season I decided to go on a journey with my friends out of season.
local crafts My sister bought some amazing local crafts on her trip to India.
hordes of tourists Hordes of tourist can be seen during summer near the city park.
holiday destination We chose New York as our holiday destination for the next summer.
holiday brochure Our guide gave us a great brochure about our hotel.
head for I’m heading for the work now.
go off the beaten track Unlike my brother, I prefer to go off the beaten track.
far-off destination Australia is a far-off destination, nonetheless I want to visit it.
busman’s holiday Unfortunately, many people spend a busman’s holiday nowadays..
find a gem Try to find a local guide when you visit a foreign country to successfully find a gem during your trip.
Have a stopover I had a stopover in China on the way to Thailand, had a bit of a rest, and did the sights there before travelling on.

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BEING LIKE A LOCAL ON A TRIP

1. Don’t (blindly) trust online reviews

I spent a few years living in Rome and was always baffled with some of the top-rated restaurants on sites like TripAdvisor or Yelp. “This is the best pizza I’ve ever had in my life,” someone would write about a mediocre restaurant outside the Vatican, while my favorite (and very popular among locals) pizza spot was way down around No. 200. Service speeds, for example, are cultural, and prone to bias.

2. Don’t shy away from street food, especially when there’s a crowd

Street food is usually cheap and widely available, and can give you insight into the local food culture. It’s hard to beat street food as one of the most authentic and vibrant ways to experience the local buzz. 

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36 Hours in Denver

A weekend in the Mile High City offers something for everyone: a flourishing restaurant  scene, microbreweries, miles of trails for skiers and bikers alike, and a vibrant street art movement and density of cultural attractions. 

There’s a warm, slightly retro vibe to Nocturne jazz club, where an artist-in-residence arrangement books musicians for multi-week runs.

Useful Vocabulary

Personal benefits of going on holiday

  • a chance to unwind

  • to spend quality time with family / friends

  • to get away from work / stressful environment

  • to have a change of routine / scenery

  • to visit new places / experience new things / cultures

  • to broaden your horizons

  • to visit family or friends abroad

Commercial benefits of tourism

  • creates new jobs in the tourist industry

  • boosts the local economy

  • attracts media attention to the resort

  • ‘puts a place on the map’

  • ensures good level of infrastructure

  • improves services & facilities for local residents

  • provides revenue to protect /maintain local heritage

Negative aspects of going on holiday

  • loss of earnings (if self-employed)

  • can be stressful (to be out of your comfort zone)

  • can be difficult to cope in a foreign country / unfamiliar place

  • may encounter travel problems (plane/train delays / traffic jams)

  • may not have access to health facilities/services

  • may lose your luggage

  • may not be able to speak the local language

Disadvantages for local community

  • can cause overcrowding

  • tourists may not respect local customs/traditions

  • can cause excess of litter / noise

  • may cause damage to local environment / possible vandalism

  • area becomes too built-up due to increase of hotels/shops etc

  • natural landscape/beauty may be spoilt

  • may cause increase in prices of local services and goods

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Transport Vocabulary

Study the words. Copy the unknown words to your Total Vocabulary file.

Transport – land

  • car
  • caravan
  • (catch) the bus / coach
  • (miss) the train 
  • tram
  • trolley
  • funicular 
  • bicycle 
  • motorbike 
  • taxi 
  • lorry / truck 
  • underground / tube

Transport – sea

  • cruise ship 
  • hovercraft 
  • ferry 
  • yacht

Transport – air

  • plane 
  • helicopter 
  • balloon 
  • rocket

Transport problems

  • traffic jam
  • congestion
  • breakdown
  • car accident
  • car crash
  • rush hour
  • public transport is heavily subsidised
  • accident black spots
  • the train /bus…. is delayed
  • the train /bus…. is cancelled
  • the train /bus…. runs late
  • transport fares are put up = transport fares increase
  • timetable is changed
  • a hold-up

Car crimes

  • speeding
  • car theft
  • drink-driving (BrE) / drunk-driving (AmE)
  • road rage
  • hit-and-run

 

Attempts to solve traffic problems

  • park and ride
  • congestion charging
  • road pricing
  • toll road
  • one-way system
  • bus / cycle lanes
  • carpooling
  • parking ticket
  • traffic-calming measures
  • traffic-free zones

People

  • a driver
  • a pedestrian
  • a commuter
  • a passenger

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