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  • Hi, welcome to www.engvid.com . I'm Adam.

  • In today's video, I'm going to talk to you a little bit about tourism and a little bit

  • of the tourism words you need to plan your next vacation.

  • Now, we're going to focus mostly on group tours, not so much solo travelling.

  • I'll make a different video for that, but we want to look at the different types of

  • tours you can take and how you're going to get there, okay?

  • So, we're going to start with the types of tourist destinations and tourist vacation

  • styles you can enjoy.

  • The most common vacation style, for example, people in Canada, especially in the winter,

  • they like to go down south to Cuba, Florida, Mexico, all these hot areas.

  • And they like to stay on a resort.

  • Now, a resort is usually a gated place or a closed off community where there're hotels

  • and there's restaurants and there's a beach.

  • And people don't really have to worry about anything.

  • They don't have to go anywhere.

  • Everything they need is right there at the hotel.

  • All the amenities are available.

  • Now, amenities are like spa and restaurant and gym and a masseuse if they need a message.

  • All these things are there.

  • They don't have to travel too far.

  • They go, relax, stay a week, go home back to their every day lives.

  • Now, very similar to a resort vacation is a cruise vacation.

  • This is on a big ship, but these days, these cruise ships.

  • They're just - cruse ship, just add the "ship" to it - cruise ships are called floating cities,

  • because they are so huge and basically everything that you need, everything that you have at

  • home is available on the ship, including all the amenities plus some.

  • They have many restaurants, they have casinos, they have movie theaters, they have play areas

  • for the kids, if you're taking your kids.

  • They have all kinds of things to keep you busy, because you're basically in the middle

  • of the ocean.

  • There's really nowhere to go sightseeing.

  • You just stay on the boat, relax.

  • They do make stops at different points along the way.

  • So, you can go out for the day, do a little bit of shopping, get a little bit of culture,

  • get back to the boat, back to the sea or ocean, and keep going.

  • Again, very easy type of vacation and very relaxing for most people.

  • Now, again, you can go a packaged tour or you can just buy a flight somewhere and do

  • your own thing.

  • But a lot of people prefer a packaged tour.

  • A packaged tour basically packages a few things together.

  • Flight, hotel, car are the most common components of a package.

  • Flight and hotel really being the most common, okay?

  • Now, resorts and cruise ships usually have two options.

  • They are all inclusive or a la carte.

  • I'm not sure which way the accent goes, I think it's this way.

  • So, all inclusive means you make one payment, you pay for the package, and you don't have

  • to spend any more money the whole vacation, unless you want to, of course.

  • Right?

  • All inclusive includes all your meals, all your drinks, all the facilities and amenities

  • in the hotel or the resort or the cruise ship, right?

  • Now, if you go outside of the resort and you want to go visit the local areas, then you

  • pay for the taxi, you pay for any souvenirs you buy.

  • If you eat in the town, you pay for your meal.

  • But on the resort, you don't have to pay for anything.

  • You leave your wallet in your room, go around, do anything you want and enjoy it.

  • A la carte means you pay - usually you pay for the flight and hotel and then all meals,

  • you pay for separately.

  • All drinks, you pay for separately.

  • All excursions, all activities you pay for separately, right?

  • As you want them.

  • Now, if you want to know more about a la carte, you can see my lesson about French vocabulary

  • in every day use in English.

  • Now, most people like to go on group tours.

  • They like to buy packages with groups because A - it's a little bit cheaper than doing it

  • by yourself and B - they get to meet new people.

  • A lot of people feel safer, okay, safety in numbers.

  • If that works for you, great.

  • If not, that's fine.

  • Some people don't like group tours because they're forced to follow the schedule of the

  • tour.

  • If you like it, that's fine.

  • If you don't like it, that's fine.

  • And these are usually guided tours.

  • So, group tours are usually guided.

  • There's a tour guide that goes with the group, takes them to all the different sightseeing

  • spots.

  • Maybe gives a little bit of a history or a little bit of education about the place and

  • then they go to the next one.

  • A lot of people, and this is becoming more and more popular these days, they like to

  • go on themed tours.

  • There's a particular theme to it.

  • Ecotours or Green Tours.

  • Basically, you're going someplace where they take care of the environment, okay?

  • So, you're going to like, a beach, but there's no - they didn't bring in extra equipment.

  • They didn't bring in extra materials to build hotels.

  • They build it from wood or they build it from the local materials that are available without

  • disturbing the ecosystem, okay?

  • So, if you're the type of person who wants to protect the environment, but you also want

  • to go on vacation, you can do both on these ecotours, okay?

  • Some people like to go on adventure tours.

  • Maybe you want to go skydiving.

  • Maybe you want to go bungee jumping or skiing down a mountain.

  • Whatever is your idea of an adventure, there are tours that are geared for that.

  • Okay?

  • "Geared toward that" is more common.

  • It means everything about this tour is to basically engage in that adventure activity.

  • Skiing, skydiving, whatever you like.

  • Some people go on medical tours.

  • Now, what does this mean?

  • Do they go visit hospitals?

  • No - well, yes and no.

  • Okay?

  • Basically, some people need a medical treatment and some of these treatments are very, very

  • expensive.

  • So, they go to another country where it's much cheaper and while they're there, they

  • also have a little vacation.

  • So, for example, when I lived in Japan, it was much cheaper to go to a dentist in Thailand

  • than in Japan.

  • So, what I did, I would fly to Thailand, I would go to the dentist, then I'd spend a

  • few days on a beach somewhere and relax.

  • I got my medical tour and my - my medical needs taken care of and my vacation at the

  • same time.

  • And culinary tours.

  • Some people want to try different foods from different parts of the world.

  • So, they go on tours where they're taken to all the different regions of a place to taste

  • the different foods.

  • Or a wine tour is also very common.

  • For example, in the States, a lot of people go to Napa Valley and then they go to all

  • the different wineries and try the wine and eat their local dishes and they basically

  • get a tour of the whole area.

  • Now, most of these tours, and generally speaking about tourism, you're going to have an itinerary

  • which is basically a plan.

  • You're going to arrive here, you're going to do this, you're going to get on the bus,

  • you're going to go here, you're going to look around, you're going to have lunch.

  • Next stop, etc., etc.

  • And itineraries are full of excursions.

  • Excursions, sorry a difficult word, basically means activities.

  • It means outings is another expression you might hear.

  • Outings.

  • Basically, you're going out to do something.

  • You're going sightseeing someplace.

  • Sightseeing tours are, again, very common with group tours, guided tours, all these

  • types of tours.

  • So, excursions - activities.

  • And a lot of these tours are going to involve going to see different attractions.

  • It could be a sightseeing spot or a famous place or a museum or an art gallery or historical

  • spot, etc.

  • These are all attractions because they attract visitors - curious people.

  • Now, we're also going to talk about flights.

  • How you're going to all these tourist destinations.

  • Now, you can buy discount or bargain flights.

  • These are usually much cheaper.

  • Sometimes they're just like, leftover seats.

  • An airline has sold maybe 80% or 90% of the seats, they have 10% left.

  • They offer them at a very discounted price so they can fill the plane.

  • They're also called bargain tickets.

  • You have to be very careful about these, because these are generally nonrefundable.

  • It means once you buy the ticket, that's it.

  • If you cancel, too bad.

  • You don't get your money back unless you bought cancellation insurance.

  • Now, because these are discount tickets, the insurance usually costs a bit more.

  • That's how they make their money again.

  • But if you don't buy the cancellation insurance and you cancel the flight, you don't get your

  • money back.

  • That's why they're so cheap, okay?

  • And another type of flight is last-minute.

  • Again, same idea.

  • It's a week before you want to go.

  • The airlines still have empty seats.

  • They just want to have a full plane, so they give this seat very, very cheap because it's

  • the last minute.

  • They're hoping somebody can go next week and they get rid of those.

  • Charter flights.

  • This is when a company basically hires or rents a full plane and then sells the tickets.

  • So, because they buy all the tickets on the plane, they get a group rate for the flight.

  • The tickets are cheaper and then they sell them to people.

  • Again, it's a little bit discounted, but for the company that does it, it's a very good

  • profit.

  • Now, when you're buying tickets, keep in mind there are peak season, low season, and off-season.

  • Low season and off-season essentially mean the same thing.

  • Peak season means the busiest time of the year for people to go to this particular place.

  • So, if you're buying tickets at peak season, you're paying anywhere from 50 to 80 to even

  • 100 percent more than you would at off-season.

  • Now, again, the reason it's called off-season is because maybe the weather conditions aren't

  • good, so people don't like to go.

  • But if you don't mind, you can travel very cheaply around the world, if you go on off-seasons.

  • And again, group rate.

  • When you buy - many people together buy tickets or anything, excursions, it's always cheaper.

  • Now, some people like to fly on points.

  • Most people have a point card.

  • When you go fly, you can collect points for every ticket you buy.

  • When you have enough points, you can change or turn those points into flight tickets.

  • So, a lot of people fly on points.

  • Now, these days, again in Canada, you can go to the supermarket and use your AirMiles

  • card.

  • This is actually a registered trademark, but AirMiles or AeroPlan or all kinds of different

  • point cards.

  • Every time you shop, you get points.

  • When you have enough points, you can use them to get a free flight ticket.

  • Now, if you're going to fly on points, keep in mind there is something called blackout

  • dates.

  • These are particular dates that the airline will not let you use the points to fly with.

  • Again, this is usually during peak season.

  • They're not going to give away free tickets because they can make a lot of money on selling

  • tickets.

  • So, look out for blackout dates.

  • Basically, they take the calendar and they black it out.

  • Not available, okay?

  • Now, again, all of this is based on people going to a relaxing vacation.

  • Usually they're staying at like a star hotel or a starred hotel.

  • One star, two star, three star or a bed and breakfast.

  • If you want to know more about hotels, I have a lesson about hotels that you can check out.

  • The link is in the description box.

  • But again, these are tourists.

  • This is tourism.

  • If you want to go travelling, this is a little bit of a different idea.

  • Solo travelers need to know different words, need to know different ideas.

  • But again, I'll make a separate video about that.

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  • You can come back and watch that video when it comes on.

  • But for now, if you have any questions about this lesson, please go to www.engvid.com and

  • ask me there in the comment section.

  • There's also a quiz to make sure you understand all this new vocabulary.

  • And again, if you like the video - and even if you want to just come back and watch the

  • travel video, subscribe to my channel and you will find out about that when it does

  • come up, okay?

  • Until then, enjoy your English learning and I'll see you again soon.

  • Bye.

Hi, welcome to www.engvid.com . I'm Adam.

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