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holiday, travel, travelling around the worldTravelling around the World is a lesson that provides you with the opportunity to discover the cost of travel as well as what worries people about going on journeys. This lesson is centred around the theme of Travel and Adventure from the B2 First curriculum which explores how we experience the world through our life journeys.  In this lesson, we will learn how much travelling around the world would cost and why people travel.

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We all dream of a chance to give up work and spend a year travelling the world. But the big question is, can we possibly afford it? Name the main factor for the expenses.

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1. Flights
2. Accommodations
3. Food
4. Local Transport
5. Activities


How many times have you imagined around-the-world trip and then gave up on your dream because you were sure that you couldn’t possibly afford it? The good news is whether you’d love to see the world on your own with a friend that’s someone special or your entire family it will cost you a lot less than you think. In this episode of graph worthy we will look at various factors affecting your travel cost and how much you need to save to take a year break and travel around the world. Subscribe to us and click on the bell button to be the first to watch our new videos.

When we think about travelling around the world we usually imagine a one-week overseas vacation and simply multiply the cost for our imaginary long-term trip. However, long-term trip costs a lot less per day than your typical vacation plus if you plan smartly you can really reduce the costs.

You’ll need to think about the countries you wish to visit, the accommodations and your mode of transportation how often you move between the locations and your desired tours and activities. Seasonality is a huge factor while considering the overall cost of the around-the-world trip. Prices in a given location can vary wildly depending on the time of the year you’re there.

Flight – If you plan the routes optimally the average flight ticket cost is in the 2500 to 3500 range per person including taxes. Here are some cool apps you can explore to book the cheapest flight tickets. Also to get some cool tips you can check out our other video on flight ticket hacks.

Accommodation is the second most expensive part of your travel. Budget planning your accommodations wisely saves a lot of money overall during long term travel. Most people stay in two or three-star accommodations, hostels or apartment rentals, though, there are exceptions but accommodations in order of least expensive to most expensive are. For our budget, we will plan twenty-five to forty-five dollars per night in inexpensive regions and ninety to a hundred and forty dollars in expensive ones. Check out these applications to find the perfect accommodation in your budget.

Food is the next key parameter of your overall trip budget reducing your restaurant visits and preparing your own meal will save money. You can expect one dollar per meal per person if you are preparing it yourself even at expensive regions. Whereas a typical restaurant visit in an expensive region can go up to ten to thirty dollars.

Local transportation – local commute though a small part of the expense can be a major cost saver if you travel slower and take public transports the cost can come down significantly.

Activities these are things like safaris, monument tours, adventure and activities. These activities can range from five to 200 dollars each depending on the activity and location. Here is a table of actual travel cost breakdown by a traveller who travelled the world for a year. Most travelers who’ve done these trips on an economy budget estimate somewhere between 20,000 and 30,000 dollars and for the sake of argument let’s average a comfortable RTW year-long trip at 24,000 which is around 2,000 per month. Taking everything into consideration as you can see around the world trip doesn’t have to cost you a fortune and for many people, it’s cheaper to be on the road than staying at home. If you have enjoyed this informative video check out our other videos on top travel hacks and share your tips on the comments section thanks for watching and don’t forget click subscribe to join us on graph worthy.

You are going to hear five people talking about a journey they are worried about. For questions 1-5. choose from the list (A-H) what each speaker says. Use the letters only once. There are three extra letters which you do not need to use.

1. Speaker 1

2. Speaker 2

3. Speaker 3

4. Speaker 4

5. Speaker 5


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Speaker 1 – I’m really excited about going on holiday next Friday. Unfortunately, there’s going to be a bus and Tube strike that day, so I just hope I don’t have to wait too long for a taxi. If I don’t get to Milan until just before take-off, they probably won’t let me on the plane and then I’ll miss my connection in Rome, so I’m really nervous about the whole thing. Even if the flight’s delayed, I still have to check in about an hour beforehand, so I’m going to book a taxi now – just to be on the safe side – and hope the traffic jams aren’t too bad.

Speaker 2 – I’m dreading the journey on the motorway – the forecast isn’t very good for tomorrow. Getting there a bit late doesn’t worry me, but if it’s raining, the roads can be very dangerous. If you have to stop suddenly, you can be in trouble. We could go by train, but we’ve got so much luggage and the trains are always so crowded this time of year. Sally says we should fly, but it’s too expensive, and it takes so long to get to the airport that it’s just not worth the extra money.

Speaker 3 – I’m not really looking forward to crossing the Channel. We were going to take the fast ferry but if the weather’s too bad, they just cancel the crossing. I hate it when they do that. So we’re booked on the slower ferry, but I have to say, it’s not my favourite means of transport. It’s not that I’m afraid of accidents – it’s actually a very safe way to travel. The trouble is I’m not a very good sailor. I get really sick if the crossing’s rough. I’ve tried taking pills but they don’t seem to have any effect.

Speaker 4 – I can’t wait to go on holiday tomorrow. I’m thinking of taking the underground to the terminal. I wanted to take a taxi but the traffic’s so bad at that time of day that I know it would take ages – and it’s very expensive because it’s quite a long journey. I don’t actually mind travelling by underground, but for some reason, something always seems to go wrong for me. I don’t like the long escalators and I always seem to lose my ticket – but luckily not my passport! – before I reach my destination. Maybe I’d be better off going by bus.

Speaker 5 – I’m flying to the USA next week. I do a lot of flying, so it’s not something I panic about. I know some people really aren’t keen on the thought of being on a plane, but not me. No – what really gets me is making sure that I’ve got all the right things in the right places. However hard I try, I always seem to end up with something in my hand luggage I’m not allowed to take on board with me – then there’s all that stress of emptying everything out and feeling bad because you’ve got it all wrong yet again.

Read an article about travelling around the world.

Here are keywords and phrases covered in the talk about travelling around the world:

  • accommodations
  • apartment rentals
  • border controls
  • budget
  • business class
  • check-in
  • connection
  • culture shock
  • deported
  • disembark
  • economic migrants
  • economy class
  • economy seats
  • ecotourism
  • embark
  • excursion
  • expats
  • hostels
  • independent travellers
  • immigration
  • mass tourism
  • package tour
  • peak season
  • overseas vacation
  • refugees
  • tourist trap
  • travel agency
  • visa
1. You were recently on holiday when something usual happened. Write an email to a friend about what happened. Explain where you were going and why. Describe what happened. Say how you felt about what happened.
2. Write an essay using all the notes and give reasons for your point of view. “In order to save the environment, governments should discourage overseas tourists from visiting.” Do you agree?
3. Have you ever had a really special holiday? Where did you go? What did you do there?  Write an article about your holiday

Especially helpful are exercises that are focussed on a theme or topic as these provide word retention practice so you can be confident to read, write, speak and listen successfully.

Customs and Traditions explores how we celebrate our cultural identity across the globe.

Entertainment and Leisure explores how we spent our free time.

Environment and Nature explores the way humans and animals live, adapt and change on our planet.

Exploring how different societies create roles for people to develop their skills and knowledge.

Exploring how we learn and adjust to the world around us. .

Exploring how we experience the world through our life journeys

The more words you encounter and understand, the broader your day-to-day vocabulary will become. Our word games and puzzles are an excellent way to help to reinforce spellings in your mind.

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For this part, you practice how to understand the details of a text, including opinions and attitudes.

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In addition, we add listening and speaking exercises in order to practise for this part of the B2 First Exam.

In this part you talk to the examiner about yourself and your life, e.g. your name, school, interests and future plans.

In this part, you talk about two photos on your own which you have to compare for about 1 minute. After you have finished, your partner will be asked a short question about your photo. When your partner has spoken about their photos for about 1 minute, you will be asked a question about their photos.

In this part you express ideas with your partner by looking at a discussion point that the examiner gives you.

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In this part, you focus on general aspects of a topic with the examiner or you may involve your partner.

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In this part, you will hear people talking in eight different situations.

In this part, you will hear someone being interviewed.

In this part, you will hear five people talking about different things.

In this part, you will hear an interview.

Cambridge English Examinations:

Cambridge English exams are designed for learners at all levels from the pre-intermediate level Cambridge English: Key (KET) to the very advanced level Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE). These exams give candidates proof of their ability to use English in a wide variety of contexts, relevant to work, study and leisure activities.

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