IELTS Speaking Vocabulary
Travel & Holidays
- accommodation: a room or building in which you stay during holidays or live.
While I’m travelling, my favourite types of accommodation are hotels.
- all holiday: a time after you lost your job.
He lost his job yesterday. Now it’s all holiday for him.
- all-inclusive: a hotel deal where the price includes accommodation, meals and drinks at any time.
I’ve never thought that hotels with all-incusive service are so comfortable! You can grab a piece of cake at 6 a.m. or get a cocktail at midnight.
- half-board: if you request ‘half-board’ at a hotel, breakfast and dinner would be included in the hotel price (as part of the package).
John and Lily liked their tour with half-board service. They spent breakfasts and dinners in the hotel and bought lunches in the nearby cafes.
- full-board: if you request ‘full-board’ at a hotel, that would include all three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in the price of your accommodation.
- self-catering: a holiday deal where meals are not provided.
Mary thinks that self-catering is neither pleasant nor efficient.
- to book (something): to arrange and confirm a place on a flight, a room in a hotel or a ticket for an event in the future.
If you book your plane tickets in advance, they will be much cheaper.
- breathtaking view: an amazing view.
I’ve seen many breathtaking views during my journey to Paris.
- busman’s holiday: when you spend your free time similarly to the time when you work.
This expression comes from the idea that a bus driver would spend his holiday traveling somewhere on a bus.
Unfortunately, many people spend a busman’s holiday nowadays.
- charter flight: a cheap regular flight.
Due to our modest budget, we had to take a charter-flight.
- far-off destination: a distant place.
Australia is a far-off destination, nonetheless I want to visit it.
- getting away from it all: escaping in order to rest from a daily routine.
After I passed my exams, I wanted to get away from it all for at least a couple of days.
- go off the beaten track: to visit an uncommon place.
Unlike my brother, I prefer to go off the beaten track.
- guided tour: a tour in which a group of people is guided by an expert.
Guided tours are a great way to learn about different places of interest.
- head for: go in a direction for.
I’m heading for France for my next holidays.
- holiday brochure: a publication with details of holiday.
Our guide gave us a great brochure about our hotel.
- holiday destination: where you go for a holiday.
We chose New York as our holiday destination for the next summer.
- holiday of a lifetime: a very special holiday, once in a lifetime.
Last year me and my family had a holiday of a lifetime in Italy.
- holiday resort (tourist resort): a place where lots of people go for a holiday.
Last year my family went on a journey to London. We lived in a great tourist resort.
- hordes of tourists: crowds of tourists.
Hordes of tourist can be seen during summer near the city park.
- in the middle of nowhere: in a place that is far away from where most people live.
My grand-mother lives in the middle of nowhere, but she loves her old little village.
- local crafts: thighs made in the region.
My sister bought some amazing local crafts on her trip to India.
- out of season: not within the main holiday period.
I decided to go on a journey with my friends out of season.
- passport control: a place where you get your passport checked.
I spent a few hours waiting in line on a passport control.
- package tour: a holiday at a fixed price in which the travel company arranges your travel, hotels, and sometimes meals for you:
We bought a cheap package tour to Italy and stayed in a big hotel by the sea.
- picturesque village: a nice, beautiful village.
My grandparents live in a picturesque village.
- places of interest: memorable and honorable places.
My native city has a variety of places of interest.
- short break: a little holiday.
My father had a short break this year, I hope he’ll be able to relax some more.
- stunning landscape: a beautiful countryside.
Stunning landscapes are only one of many reasons why I want to visit Africa.
- to go sightseeing: to go visiting sights of interest.
Today we went sightseeing with my friends.
to travel on foot / horse
When I’m in a small town I prefer to travel on foot.
to travel by bus / plane / car / bicycle / motorcycle
Although I usually travel by car, when I decided to visit Paris I had to travel by plane.
- tourist attractions: places which tourists tend to visit.
Despite not being a tourist attraction, new fountain is very popular among the locals.
- tourist trap: place with many tourists.
We’ve visited many tourists traps lately.
- travel agency: a shop that specializes in booking holidays.
I’ve bought tickets for my trip through a travel agency.
- wildlife safari: an observational holiday, mainly in Africa.
I’d love to go on a wildlife safari sometime.
- youth hostel: a cheap hotel.
During our trip we stayed in a hostel, because we didn’t have enough money for a hotel.
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