English Travel Vocabulary: Planning a Trip

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0:01Hi. Welcome again to www.engvid.com. My name is Adam. Today, I’m talking about a very interesting
0:07topic because, for example, in Toronto right now, it’s very, very cold. I’m thinking about
0:13travelling; I would love to go somewhere hot to get away from this winter. So, when I travel,
0:19I have, of course, to make travel arrangements. So here, we have a list of words, a list of
0:24things that you must think about before you go on a trip to a different country. We’re
0:31going to go over each of these.
0:32We’re going to start with “booking” and “reservation”. Now, many people think that this is more or
0:37less the same, which it is. To book something or to reserve something means to keep a place,
0:42to keep your place. You book a flight, you book a hotel room. Generally speaking, you
0:49make a reservation at a restaurant; you make a booking with a travel agency or with a hotel,
0:56with accommodations, any type of accommodation. Speaking of, accommodations are hotel, motel,
1:04hostel, B&B, bed and breakfast; all kinds of accommodations. Make sure you have a booking
1:12before you go, so your place is safe, it’s kept for you. When you arrive, it’s all good.
1:19Next, when you’re at your destination, the place you’re going to, you might want to “rent”
1:25a car. Okay? Sorry, this is accommodation. One thing I wanted to also make sure – “accommodations”,
1:38without the “s”, “accommodation” means something different. Okay? “Accommodations” is where
1:43you’re going to sleep.
1:45And you might want to “rent” a car. You can also “hire” a car. Means the same thing. British
1:52people generally use “hire” more, North Americans use “rent” more often.
1:58Next, you have to think about your “baggage”. Suitcase, luggage, bags, anything you’re carrying
2:04with you. You might have “check-in baggage”. Sorry, I don’t know if you can see this guy.
2:10″Check-in baggage” and “carry-on baggage”. “Check-in baggage” means you give it to the
2:15airline, they put it under the plane, you pick it up at your destination. “Carry-on”
2:21means you carry on, so you carry it on your shoulder on to the plane. Okay? In your carry-on,
2:29you have to be careful, it has to be small. You can’t have liquids because of security
2:34and all that stuff. So things that you can’t put in your carry-on, you must put in your
2:38check-in baggage and give to the airline.
2:42Next, when you get to the airport, assuming you’re flying, you will have to do a few things
2:48that concern the word “boarding”. Before you board your plane, get on your plane – you
2:55will get a boarding pass that lets you pass through security and into the airport. On
3:01the boarding pass, you will see your “boarding time”, this is when you get on the plane and
3:07your “boarding gate”, the place in the airport where you’re going to get on your plane before
3:13takeoff. Okay? We can also use this for a train. You board a train, you get a boarding
3:21pass with a boarding time, and generally a boarding platform. Okay? So “boarding”, getting
3:32on your vehicle, whatever vehicle that might be.
3:36You will also generally need to get a “visa” to many countries. Now, a “visa” is something
3:41that you use to get into a country, it gives you permission to stay in that country. But
3:46be aware: many places, if you’re going through another country… So, for example: I’m going
3:52to country “C” via country “B”. “Via” means by way of or through. So I might need a “transit
4:03visa”, means I can go there, switch planes and keep going on my journey. But I’m still
4:09in another country, I need a transit visa. Excuse me. Also, make sure you’re prepared
4:16to spend money as soon as you get to your destination.
4:20If you’re going to a different country, that country will but using a different “currency”,
4:26type of money. In Canada, we have Canadian dollar. America has American dollar. Okay?
4:32For things like that. In Europe, you need the euro. So make sure you have some of the
4:37currency before you go, or purchase it at the airport or at the destination you’re going
4:44to.
4:45Some countries, especially hot countries, are not very… You don’t have very clean
4:50water or there may be lots of diseases or other things you need to worry about; mosquitoes,
4:56malaria, etcetera. You might need to get “vaccination”. You might need to get a shot or you might
5:03need to get pills or anything like that to protect you from whatever troubles there are.
5:09″Vaccinations” are sometimes called “inoculation”, same thing. It’s a pill or it’s a shot, a
5:15needle.
5:16When you purchase your ticket, the travel agent will probably send you an “itinerary.”
5:21″Itinerary” is a plan; you’re leaving this day, this time, this airport, arriving this
5:28airport, this day, this time. Itinerary is also a plan if you’re doing like a package
5:33tour with excursions. “Excursion” means an outing. You have planned outings; you’re going
5:39different places, you’re going to do different things. If you’re going to Africa, you’re
5:45probably going to go on safari, that is a type of excursion. You’re going to go somewhere
5:50and do this, this, and that on this, this, and that day. Okay? So your itinerary is a
5:55plan, a written plan of what you’re going to do.
5:59Then, if you buy anything overseas, when you come home, you might have to “declare” to
6:06the “customs” officer what you bought, how much you spent. What are you bringing back
6:11home with you? Right? So you have to make a declaration. Be prepared to declare anything
6:17that you bought because if you get caught, not going to be very good; you might get into
6:22a bit of trouble with the customs officer.
6:25And then, once you do all of these things, pack your bag – don’t forget your bathing
6:30suit, sunscreen. I need sunscreen every time I travel because I’m kind of pale. And all…
6:35Then you’re ready to go. Right?
6:37Anyway, if you need to work on these words a little bit more, go to www.engvid.com. I’ll
6:43be putting up a quiz there for you to work on these words.