IELTS Speaking Vocabulary : Holidays and Travel

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IELTS Travel and holiday words and vocabulary

Before you want to start practicing for IELTS speaking module, you should expand your range of English vocabularies and learn more words in order to express yourself in a more complex and detailed ways.

Learning more words and phrases help you to explain more complex ideas in your speaking module and get a better score. Your vocabulary range is measured in the Speaking test. The best way to learn new vocabularies is through context and in real-world examples. In this post, we have collected some of the most frequently used words for topics related to holidays and travelling.

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.

check-in desk: the place at the airport where you register for your flight and deposit your luggage.

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 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.

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.

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.

out of season: not within the main holiday period.

I decided to go on a journey with my friends out of season.

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.

youth hostel: a cheap hotel.

During our trip we stayed in a hostel, because we didn’t have enough money for a hotel.

 

Comments

  1. I will try to use these words in my everyday conversations so as to learn them all. Thankx for your good website.

  2. That was perfect !

  3. I took part in the speaking test and these words and vocabularies helped me a lot. Thanx a lot.

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