Unit 6: Holidays | Vocabulary | B2
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Unit 6: Holidays | Vocabulary | B2

EXERCISE 1   |  Holiday accommodation

How do you decide on the type of accommodation you want when you go on holiday? As you will see when you read the text below, there is a very wide variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and all holiday styles;

In many European coastal resorts, it is common to find hotels, villas and apartments designed for the tourist market. In towns and villages around Britain and Ireland, many tourists opt for ‘bed and breakfast’ holiday accommodation: this means you stay as a guest in a private house or ‘guest house’, where a room (bed) for the night and breakfast the following morning are provided at a very reasonable price. Others prefer the ‘Great Outdoors’ and choose camping, taking either a tent or caravan with them to a campsite of their choice. A very cheap form of accommodation is the Youth Hostel, where facilities are shared and cost is kept to a minimum. Those who love the sea can holiday aboard a yacht or cruise liner, combining sunbathing on deck with water-sports and sight­seeing at various ports of call.

1. How many types of holiday accommodation are mentioned? Can you name them?

2. What is the main advantage of staying in a Youth Hostel?

3. What does the term 'bed and breakfast' mean?

4. Where do people sleep while staying at campsites?

5. Which types of boat are mentioned?


Complete the following table by inserting the correct form of the word in the space:



Fill the gaps in the following sentences with the words provided below:

receptionist      full-board      guide      travel agent
self-catering      resort      package      brochure

1. A                books your holiday for you.

2. A               contains all the information to help you to decide on the kind of holiday you want.

3. A               holiday includes the cost of the flight and the accommodation.

4. A               holiday means you have to cook and clean for yourself.

5. A               answers the telephone and books guests into the hotel.

6.                means three meals a day are provided at the hotel and included In the price of your stay,

7. A            is a place designed to cater for tourists' needs.

8. It is often a good idea to hire a               to show you around the famous sights.

EXERCISE 4    |    Types of seacraft

Find out what kinds of vessel the following are and then complete the sentences below by filling in the gaps:

rowing boat        yacht        hovercraft        canoe        narrowboat

1. We spent our holiday on board a                in the Italian Riviera.

2. An increasingly popular choice of holiday involves hiring a              to explore the canals of England.

3. We took a                out on the lake in Regent's Park.

4. I'd love to have a go at paddling a                .

5. One of the quickest ways to cross the English Channel is by                .

EXERCISE 5   |   Why do people go on holiday?

Put the following reasons in order of importance according to your personal preference:

A.  Change of environment
B. New experiences
C. To make new friends
D. Excitement ] Romance
E. Night life
F. Freedom from constraints of family
G. Break from routine
H. To learn about a different culture
I. To learn or use a foreign language

EXERCISE 6   |   Holiday advice

Holidays should be great fun, but they can also be the cause of stress and anxiety, particularly if badly organised. Of course, no one can guard against the possibility of certain unforeseen hazards turning your dream holiday into a nightmare but there are ways to ensure that you are properly prepared before you set off, suitcase in hand. First of all, make sure you find out if any vaccinations are necessary to guard against diseases such as malaria and typhoid, particularly if travelling to Africa or Asia. Bring some first-aid equipment with you and also any essential supplies which you think may be difficult to obtain while you are away from home. Take out an insurance policy to cover sickness, accidents and theft. Find out as much as possible about the climate of your holiday destination so that you are well-prepared with appropriate clothing etc. It’s wise to learn about the customs practised there and to act accordingly; it’s also a good idea to learn a few basic phrases if you are going to a country where your native language is not widely spoken. Buy a small phrase book and practise before you go!

How many pieces of advice are given above? Can you list them to your partner?


Find words in the text above which may be replaced by the words in the box.

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