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  • Hi. Welcome again to engvid.com. My name is Adam. Today, I'm talking about a very interesting topic

  • because, for example, in Toronto right now, it's very, very cold. I'm thinking about travelling;

  • I would love to go somewhere hot to get away from this winter. So, when I travel,

  • I have, of course, to make travel arrangements. So here, we have a list of words, a list of

  • things that you must think about before you go on a trip to a different country. We're

  • going to go over each of these.

  • We're going to start with "booking" and "reservation". Now, many people think that this is more or

  • less the same, which it is. To book something or to reserve something means to keep a place,

  • to keep your place. You book a flight, you book a hotel room. Generally speaking, you

  • make a reservation at a restaurant; you make a booking with a travel agency or with a hotel,

  • with accommodations, any type of accommodation. Speaking of, accommodations are hotel, motel,

  • hostel, B&B, bed and breakfast; all kinds of accommodations. Make sure you have a booking

  • before you go, so your place is safe, it's kept for you. When you arrive, it's all good.

  • Next, when you're at your destination, the place you're going to, you might want to "rent"

  • a car. Okay? Sorry, this is accommodation. One thing I wanted to also make sure - "accommodations",

  • without the "s", "accommodation" means something different. Okay? "Accommodations" is where

  • you're going to sleep.

  • And you might want to "rent" a car. You can also "hire" a car. Means the same thing. British

  • people generally use "hire" more, North Americans use "rent" more often.

  • Next, you have to think about your "baggage". Suitcase, luggage, bags, anything you're carrying

  • with you. You might have "check-in baggage". Sorry, I don't know if you can see this guy.

  • "Check-in baggage" and "carry-on baggage". "Check-in baggage" means you give it to the

  • airline, they put it under the plane, you pick it up at your destination. "Carry-on"

  • means, carry on, so you carry it on your shoulder on to the plane. Okay? In your carry-on,

  • you have to be careful, it has to be small. You can't have liquids because of security and all that stuff.

  • So things that you can't put in your carry-on, you must put in your

  • check-in baggage and give to the airline.

  • Next, when you get to the airport, assuming you're flying, you will have to do a few things

  • that concern the word "boarding". Before you board your plane, get on your plane - you

  • will get a boarding pass that lets you pass through security and into the airport. On

  • the boarding pass, you will see your "boarding time", this is when you get on the plane and

  • your "boarding gate", the place in the airport where you're going to get on your plane before

  • takeoff. Okay? We can also use this for a train. You board a train, you get a boarding

  • pass with a boarding time, and generally a boarding platform. Okay? So "boarding", getting

  • on your vehicle, whatever vehicle that might be.

  • You will also generally need to get a "visa" to many countries. Now, a "visa" is something

  • that you use to get into a country, it gives you permission to stay in that country. But

  • be aware: many places, if you're going through another country... So, for example: I'm going

  • to country "C" via country "B". "Via" means by way of or through. So I might need a "transit

  • visa", means I can go there, switch planes and keep going on my journey. But I'm still

  • in another country, I need a transit visa. Excuse me. Also, make sure you're prepared

  • to spend money as soon as you get to your destination.

  • If you're going to a different country, that country will be using a different "currency",

  • type of money. In Canada, we have Canadian dollar. America has American dollar. Okay?

  • For things like that. In Europe, you need the euro. So make sure you have some of the

  • currency before you go, or purchase it at the airport or at the destination you're going to.

  • Some countries, especially hot countries, are not very... You don't have very clean

  • water or there may be lots of diseases or other things you need to worry about; mosquitoes,

  • malaria, etcetera. You might need to get "vaccination". You might need to get a shot or you might

  • need to get pills or anything like that to protect you from whatever troubles there are.

  • "Vaccinations" are sometimes called "inoculation", same thing. It's a pill or it's a shot, a

  • needle.

  • When you purchase your ticket, the travel agent will probably send you an "itinerary."

  • "Itinerary" is a plan; you're leaving this day, this time, this airport, arriving this

  • airport, this day, this time. Itinerary is also a plan if you're doing like a package

  • tour with excursions. "Excursion" means an outing. You have planned outings; you're going

  • different places, you're going to do different things. If you're going to Africa, you're

  • probably going to go on safari, that is a type of excursion. You're going to go somewhere

  • and do this, this, and that on this, this, and that day. Okay? So your itinerary is a

  • plan, a written plan of what you're going to do.

  • Then, if you buy anything overseas, when you come home, you might have to "declare" to

  • the "customs" officer what you bought, how much you spent. What are you bringing back

  • home with you? Right? So you have to make a declaration. Be prepared to declare anything

  • that you bought because if you get caught, not going to be very good; you might get into

  • a bit of trouble with the customs officer.

  • And then, once you do all of these things, pack your bag - don't forget your bathing

  • suit, sunscreen. I need sunscreen every time I travel because I'm kind of pale. And all...

  • Then you're ready to go. Right?

  • Anyway, if you need to work on these words a little bit more, go to engvid.com. I'll

  • be putting up a quiz there for you to work on these words. And come visit us again. Bye.

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English Travel Vocabulary: Planning a Trip

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