Discussion Questions: Travel & Adventure

TravelGeneral Travel Discussion Questions

  1. Do you like to travel?
    Are you more like a natural born wanderer, a cautious sightseer, or a homebody?
  2. Where did you go on your most recent trip?   How was it? Who did you go with?
  3. What was your best travel experience ever?  What was your worst?
    …most romantic, adventurous, scary, expensive, surprising?
  4. Do you have any travel plans in the foreseeable future? Where to?
  5. Have you ever taken a secret trip?
  6. What’s your travel style…
    … planned to a tee or go with the flow?  … five stars or sleeping under the stars?
    …museum marathoner or lazy looker?   …solo vagabond or part of the package pack? 
  7. What were the best and worst accommodations you ever had?
  8. Describe some of the interesting (or strange) people you’ve met during your travels.
  9. Do you (would you)  like to travel with your significant other? Why or why not?
  10. Do you like to travel with your parents? Why or why not?
  11. Who is your favorite travel buddy?  Why?
  12. Do you prefer to travel by train, bus, plane or ship?
  13. How much luggage do you usually carry? Do you ‘pack light’ or overpack?
  14. What places would you not like to visit? Why?
  15. Would you rather visit another country or travel within your own country?
  16. What do you think international visitors like most (and least) about visiting your country?
  17. What is the most interesting souvenir that you ever bought on one of your holidays?
  18. What have been your biggest communication challenges during international travels?


Travel-related Phrasal Verbs & Idioms

  • Drop off –  to take someone to a place and leave them there
  • Check in/into  – to register at a hotel
  • Check out – to leave and pay for your stay at a hotel
  • Pick up – to go and fetch someone from a place and take them somewhere else
  • Set out – to start a journey
  • Take off – when a plane leaves and begins to fly
  • Get in – when a plane arrives on an airport or to enter a ground level vehicle (opposite = get  out)
  • Get away – to leave to go somewhere for a break or holiday
  • Get on – to climb on board   (opposite = get off)
  • Speed up – to increase speed
  • Look around – to explore what is near you, in your area
  • Hurry up – to rush and not waste time
  • Go back – to return
  • See off – to go the place someone is leaving from to say goodbye
  • Look forward – to look forward to something that is going to happen in the future
  • have a thirst for adventure: have strong desire for new exciting experiences
  • get itchy feet: want to travel, move to another place
  • in the same boat: In a similar situation; having the similar problems.
  • set off: begin a journey to somewhere
  • have a stopover: have a brief overnight stay in a place when on a long journey, usually by air
  • put me on standby: make me wait to see if a seat become available
  • go trekking: walk in the mountain for enjoyment
  • off the beaten track: far away from popular destinations and travel paths
  • an intrepid explorer: a brave traveler
  • asleep at the wheel: not attentive
  • a layover: a break in air travel between two connecting flights
  • cart before horse: in the wrong order
  • send out a search party: to search for lost people
  • cool your jets: calm down
  • fifth wheel: someone who is an awkward extra in a social situation
  • my way or the highway: do what I want or leave
  • the homestretch: almost at the end of a journey or experience
  • keep your eyes peeled: pay careful attention, look out for something in particular to
  • cross that road when you come to it: to deal with a problem if and when it occurs rather than planning for it
  • hit the road: begin a journey to
  • go to town: to do something enthusiastically and/or with great festivity
  • to live out of a suitcase: to travel or move frequently
  • to sail through: to achieve something with ease put the
  • pedal to the metal: drive fast, go at full speed
  • backseat driver: someone who offers advice or directions without being asked


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