1) Where are you planning to go for your next holiday? 2) Is there a place you’d never visit again? Where and why? 3) Do you prefer traveling independently or with a group on an organized tour? 4) What do you know of the following countries: Uganda, Myanmar, Ukraine, and Jordan?
Travel: The Top Four of Lonely Planet’s “Countries To Visit in 2012” List
1. Uganda – Stability is slowly returning to this African nation after dictatorships and civil war. Uganda is home to Kampala, one of Africa’s safest capitals. Tourists can discover snow-capped mountains overlooking jungles, savannah bordering vast lakes, and the source of the Nile River. Wildlife, once hunted to near-extinction, is also returning. Tourists are cautioned that Uganda has little tolerance for homosexuality, and travel to the northeastern parts of the country is not advised.
2. Myanmar (Burma) – Burma changed its ban on independent travel in 2010. The country, surrounded by mountains and white-sand beaches, now welcomes tourists. Towns and pagodas can be found in the center among the Buddhist locals. Although the travel ban is over, tourists should remain cautious.
3. Ukraine – One look at the glorious Old Town Kiev will be enough to make you forget the stereotypes you may have of this former communist country and home of Chernobyl. High among its attractions is Crimea – a region, linked by ferry to the port city of Odessa, for sun tanning and relaxing on the Black Sea amidst rugged mountains and ancient ruins. Beer in Ukraine is also cheaper than water.
4. Jordan – Jordan is more than the UNESCO World Heritage site Petra, a complete ancient city carved into a mountain from the 6th century BC. Tourists can also enjoy Wadi Rum, an elevated valley cut into stone in south Jordan, and the cities of Jerash and Madaba. Jordan is said to be one of the most friendly and welcoming nations in the Middle East.
Travel: Unconventional Tourism
New kinds of tourism have been gaining popularity and significance lately. One example is ecological tourism (eco-tourism); a responsible form of travel that aims to reduce the negative impact it has on the fragile environment and indigenous communities. Also, space tourism is expected to become a billion dollar industry in the next decade. Virgin Atlantic plans to begin flights to space in 2013. (318 words)
Match the words with their meaning as used in the news lesson.
stability – the quality of being well-balanced and not changing
savanna(h) – a flat area covered with grass and few trees
extinction – a situation in which a type of animal/plan no longer exists
tolerance – acceptance; understanding
ban – an official rule that says sth is not allowed
pagoda – an Asian template that looks like a tower with several levels
ruin – the part of a building that remains after it has been damaged
unconventional – unusual; not traditional
impact – the effect sth has on sth
fragile – easily broken; weak
indigenous – native; aboriginal
Travel Lesson Plan (ESL): Connect the below idea(s) to make a sentence.
government / uprising
stability / war
wildlife / savannah
extinction / dinosaurs
tolerance / homosexuality
ban / airplane
ruins / pagoda
unconventional / tourism
impact / indigenous
fragile / environment
Travel Lesson Plan (ESL): Work Tourism Rankings (Group Work)
Which 10 countries do you think ranked highest in the world tourism rankings? Try to guess with a partner. (Answers (from 2010) on the bottom of next page.)
Travel Lesson Plan (ESL): The Foreign Visitor (Pair Work)
Option 1: A foreign VIP client of your company will visit from this Thursday to next Monday. Your boss has given you an unlimited budget to show your country to the client. Design the best itinerary you can for the visit.
Option 2: You met some friendly aliens on a recent space flight. You invited them to visit Earth sometime. Yesterday, they contacted you. They’d like you to give them a 5-day tour of your planet. Design the best itinerary you can. (Transportation will not be a problem as you can use their spacecraft.)
Travel Lesson Plan (ESL): Role-play #1
You want to take your wife/husband on a trip this weekend. First, decide where you want to go. Then, phone your travel agent to reserve a plane ticket and hotel. Also, ask for recommendations of things to do there.
You are a travel agent. Student A will soon phone you. Try to sell him/her one of the below travel packages. (He/she will tell you the destination.)
Option 1: round-trip, first class, $950. Hotel: Hilton, $250/night, *****