Conversation Questions – Holidays

Some conversation questions on the topic of holidays, useful vocabulary is highlighted!

  1. Do you like to go on holiday?
  2. Do you prefer to go to sunny places? city breaks? adventure holidays? hiking?
  3. Do you prefer to go abroad, or stay in your own country?
  4. How do you usually travel?
  5. Have you ever been on a roadtrip?
  6. Do you like flying?
  7. Do you know anybody that doesn’t like flying?
  8. What’s your favourite part of a holiday?
  9. Do you like to discover new places?
  10. Do you have favourite places that you always return to?
  11. Do you prefer travelling alone, with friends, with family?
  12. What’s the best holiday you’ve ever been on?
  13. Why was it so good?
  14. The worst holiday you’ve ever been on?
  15. Why was it so bad?
  16. What places would you like to go to?
  17. Is there a place that you would never go back to?
  18. Do you try the local food when you travel?
  19. What foods have you really liked? What foods have you not liked?
  20. Do you like to meet people when you travel? What kind of people have you met?
  21. Where do you like to stay when you travel?
  22. What was your first holiday?
  23. What was your most recent holiday?
  24. Have you ever been to a local festival or celebration? Did you enjoy it?
  25. Do you like to go ‘off the beaten track’?
  26. Do you like to go on guided tours?
  27. Do you like to go to museums and cultural places of interest?
  28. Have you ever had problems on your journey? Missed flight, lost baggage, etc….
  29. Have you ever got lost while on holiday?
  30. Do you try to learn a few words of the language when you travel?
  31. Have you ever had  big problem with the language barrier?

Teaching Tip – Vocabulary Errors

Students often get confused between the words ‘Travel’, ‘Trip’, ‘Journey’ and ‘Way’.

Travel – Is the verb. It should be used to describe the action of going to another place. If used as a noun which is sometimes possible, it must be uncountable and is usually preceded by an adjective that states the intent of the travel. For example;

Business travel

Medical travel

Foreign travel

Trip – Is the idea of going somewhere for a time, and then returning. It is the closest synonym to holiday. However, it doesn’t have to be a holiday that they are describing. For example;

A business Trip

A shopping trip

A weekend trip

Journey – Is used to describe the moving from A to B. Everything that is involved in getting from one place to another is the journey. If somebody asks a student “How was your journey?” They are asking about the method of travelling rather than the trip or holiday as a whole.

Way – Refers to the direction of travel. Can sometimes be used in place of journey. For example;

Do you know the way to the hotel?

The way to the mountaintop village is dangerous

Do you have questions that I could add? Let me know in the comments!

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