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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