How many trips have you made in your life? I’m sure that each of you have made at least two and today we are going to talk about them. There are different types of travelling and they depend on your personality, on your lifestyle and the type of trip you’re looking for, so let’s discover them!
- City Trips: These trips take place in a big city. Maybe Chicago, New York, London, or Paris. Or maybe slightly smaller cities, like Houston, Birmingham or any other. But the main point of these trips is usually to do some sightseeing. Maybe hit up a few museums, or do a boat or bus tour. These trips are great because there are so many different cities out there that have so many different cultures and unique things to offer. City travel may be more fast-paced than some would like for a vacation, but the great thing about it is that there are always endless possibilities of things to do, see and taste!
- Beach vacations: This is what a lot of people consider a ‘real’ vacation. If you’re going to take time off work to get away, you want to relax and unwind. Maybe you’re escaping cold weather and trying to soak up some sun. Maybe you want to sit in the shade with a cold drink in your hand. You could argue that ‘beach’ vacations can have some sub-categories, like the wild and crazy spring break trip, the all-inclusive resort trip, and the romantic get-away. But no matter what your take on the events of this type of vacation, these beach vacations require sun, nice weather, and a change of pace from the daily grind.
- Nature/Adventure Travel: For this, you need some type of outdoorsy activity. Camping, hiking and whitewater rafting all fall under this category. But you don’t need to be terribly adventurous to enjoy the outdoors. Even those who like a warm cushy bed and no activity with a danger factor can explore nature. State and national parks can be great destinations for all types of travellers.
- Cruises: There is a whole subculture of people out there who love to cruise. It’s a huge part of the travel industry, and now you can take cruises all over the world. Whether it’s in the Caribbean, a cruise up to Alaska, a trans-Atlantic cruise, a Mediterranean Cruise- it’s a great way to see a lot of new places, without much of the hassle of traveling from place to place. After all, you’re living on a floating hotel! Some people have the mindset that cruises are for old people. Others say it’s not really getting to know a place when you just get dumped off for a few hours in a popular tourist spot, see one or two of the big sites, then go back on your way. Cruises are definitely not just for old people. Some cruise lines are known as being ‘party boats’ for college kids. And others, like Disney Cruise lines, are great for families. It’s a really great way to get a taste of many different places. It’s also a nice way to see some really famous landmarks, like the pyramids, perhaps, where you might not want to spend too much more time in surrounding areas. And the best part is, it helps you find some places you would like to really get to know, and you can always book a trip back there to see more.
- Backpacking: Backpacking is really a form of budget travel (as opposed to luxury travel). Backpacking is also generally a longer-term type of travel than the typical vacation. Many backpackers are younger, but that’s not always true. They carry what they need with them and usually travel from place to place as cheaply as possible, sometimes booking overnight trains to save money on accommodations, or staying at hostels. In many places backpacking is a rite of passage. Sometimes recent college grads will spend their last summer traveling this way before entering ‘the real world’. In some countries they have what is called a ‘gap year’ where young people travel the world for a year, often before entering college.
1. Are you planning on going anywhere for your next vacation? If so, where?
2. What type of trip fits to you?
3. Are you afraid of going abroad alone?
4. Do you prefer summer vacations or winter vacations?
5. Do you prefer to travel alone or in a group? Why?
6. Have you ever been in a difficult situation while traveling?
7. Have you ever gotten lost while traveling? If so, tell us about it.
8. How do you spend your time when you are on holiday and the weather is bad?
9. What countries would you not like to visit? Why?
10. What are popular tourist destinations in your country?