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Ultimate Pre-Travel Checklist: 25+ Things To Do Before You Travel

Last Updated on 23/01/2024

Preparing for travel can be stressful. There is often a lot to remember and sometimes the most obvious of tasks will slip your mind. Here is the ultimate pre-travel checklist to make sure you don’t forget any of those important tasks before you travel.

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25+ Things To Do Before You Travel

Make prepping for your next trip a breeze with this ultimate pre-travel checklist. Here are 25+ things you don’t want to forget to do before you travel.

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1 Month Before You Travel

There are some parts of travel prep that you can start early. The earlier you start, the less stressful your travel preparations will be before you leave. Here are a couple of things you can do a month or more before you travel to get ready.

Check Insurance

Travel insurance is super important. If you haven’t already got travel insurance, now is the time to get it sorted. If you got insurance months ago when you booked your trip, now is the time to check it to make sure you know what is covered and amend the policy if necessary.

Check Home Security

As a homeowner, there are always jobs on your to-do list. Often, getting round to changing that lock or replacing the bulb in your security light is a low priority. Before you travel, it is important to check your home security and make any updates you’ve been putting off!

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1 Week Before You Travel

A week or more before you travel, there a few more tasks you can complete to get ready. Here are some jobs you can get ticked off the list in anticipation of your vacation.

Put Mail On Hold

No one wants to come home from a trip and have to fight their way inside through a mountain of mail. Or here in the UK, a stack of ‘red cards of doom’ from missed parcel deliveries. Putting a hold on your mail means your deliveries and held securely until you get home, so that’s one less thing to worry about.

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Notify Your Bank

Another task that is well worth doing, is informing your bank of your travels. You don’t want to try and call them from abroad when they have blocked your card! Most banks can be informed online or via a quick phone call without much hassle so it is a worthwhile task!

Many bills are now automated, but if you have any pesky ones hanging around that need paying manually, now is the time to do it. Make sure you check which bills are due and ensure they are all paid before you travel.

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Make Copies Of Important Documents

When you travel, you want to make sure you have copies of your important documents such as passport and driver’s license. Make these copies in advance so you’re not scrambling to do it the morning of your travels.

Create (Or Download!) Your Packing Checklist

While you’re thinking about your travel essentials, write a list of everything you need to pack in advance. This will save the last-minute scramble to find everything you need and avoid the risk of missing anything. Alternatively, you can sign up for the Get Lost newsletter and we’ve done all of the hard work for you with our downloadable packing checklist!

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If you’re travelling for a couple of weeks or more, make sure you find time to mow the lawn the week before you travel. It’s likely it will need doing again by the time you return, but at least you won’t be coming home to a jungle in your yard!

1 Day Before You Travel

If you have the luxury of time, there are a number of tasks you want to get done the day before you travel. If you’re working right down to the wire, you can spread these over the last few days before your trip to make them easier to manage.

Update Calendar And Set Out Of Office

On your last working day before the trip, update your calendar and set your out of office. To make things easier, these can be prepped a few days in advance in anticipation. Make sure people know you’re taking a break and you won’t be picking up emails!

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When you get back from your trip, you’ll have a suitcase full of laundry. Get anything that is hanging around out of the way before you leave, including washing your bedding. Make sure you empty the washer and dryer and put everything away!

Set Lights On A Timer

If you have internal or external lights that can be set on a timer, now is the time to do it. It will give you added peace of mind that your home doesn’t appear empty while you are away.

Empty The Fridge

There is nothing worse than returning home after two weeks to discover a half-used bottle of milk in the fridge! Clear out your perishables before you go and give the fridge a quick clean while you’re at it. You’ll be glad you did when you return from your trip!

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Empty The Trash

Now you’ve discarded those perishables, be sure to empty the trash. Moving the items from the fridge to the bin doesn’t really solve the problem so make sure you take the bag out! It’s a good opportunity to empty all of the bins in the house to make sure there’s nothing in them that will smell by the time you get back!

Unplug Electronics

Save on your electricity bill while you’re out of the house by unplugging those electrical items you won’t be using. It’s not like you’re going to be using the TV anyway, so unplug it until you get home.

No one wants to spend the last day before their holiday cleaning, but honestly, future you will thank you! When you get home from your vacation there is no better feeling than coming home to a spotless house. Even if it only lasts a couple of hours until you empty the suitcase!

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Do The Dishes

On the note of cleaning, do the dishes. You won’t have to wash up when you get home before you can eat. Plus, they won’t have turned into a science experiment in your absence!

Give Contact Details To A Neighbour

Before you head out, find a neighbour you can trust to keep an eye on things and notify you in the event of an emergency. If you’re lucky, you might be able to convince them to do the bins for you too while you’re away! Be sure to bring them back a small gift to say thanks!

Prepare House/Pet Sitter Instructions

If you’ve got someone coming to look after your house or pets, leave them any instructions they will need. Our cats are divas and will only eat in a certain place, so to save arguments, we need to let the cat sitter know. It just makes life easier for everyone…

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Charge Electronics

Use this opportunity before you travel to charge all of the electronic items you’re traveling with. Camera, tablet, phone…you name it! Your house might look like Blackpool Illuminations with all of the flashing lights, but at least your entertainment won’t die on you mid-flight.

Water House Plants

Make sure to water those house plants before you leave. If you’re leaving for a few weeks (or you’re just really bad at remembering to water the plants like me) you might want to invest in a plant waterer . These genius inventions do the hard work for you while you’re away. They also come in some pretty cute varieties too!

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Weigh Luggage

This is your last opportunity to weigh in your case before the airport. To avoid that awkward unpacking at the airport, double-check your case weight and allowance while you’re at home. If you need to lighten the load, now is the time to do it!

In need of suitcase scales? These ones are my favourite!

Set An Alarm…

…or two. I have a paranoia about missing flights. The more alarms set the better in my opinion!

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Get A Frozen Meal In

When you get home from the airport after hours on a cramped flight, jetlagged and starving, this is a lifesaver. Trust me.

Day Of Travel

If you’ve prepared everything in advance, the morning of your travel should be a breeze. There are, however, a couple of last-minute tasks you’ll want to do as you head out.

Turn Off Water

Typically, I don’t turn off the water before a trip because our petsitter needs access to it. If you’re away for a while though and are concerned about a plumbing emergency, there’s no harm in turning off the water at the main valve.

Pet/House Sitter Access

If you have a pet or house sitter calling while you are away, make sure they have the access they require. If you do this using a key safe , make sure to put a key in as you head out the door. We use this one from Masterlock .

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Check Locks

As you’re leaving the house, be sure to check all of the locks to make sure they’re secure. If you checked they were all working a few weeks ago it’s just a case of making sure everything is locked up. Make sure to check all windows and doors before you leave.

Adjust Thermostat

On your way out, turn the thermostat down. There’s no point heating the house (and paying for it) if you’re not going to be in. Likewise, if you have airconditioning, turn this off while you’re on your travels.

So these are my top 25+ things to do before you travel. If you’ve got a trip coming up, be sure to bookmark this page or pin it so you can revisit these tips!

Which of these is your lifesaver? Let’s connect on  Instagram  and send me a DM with your number one pre-travel chore that you simply don’t want to forget!

Until our next adventure,

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13 thoughts on “Ultimate Pre-Travel Checklist: 25+ Things To Do Before You Travel”

Great tips. Emptying the fridge or garbage are always the ones I forget as I’m rushing out of the door. That can be very bad to come back to. We often have someone staying at our place now though to pet sit so I’m always happy that the house is looked after.

I hate it when I forget to empty the fridge! I always use travel as a good excuse to have a thorough sort out of what’s in there before I go. We have a cat sitter so she’s on hand to keep an eye on things fortunately which is always reassuring!

Great tips. With all the excitement and stress preparing our trip sometimes we tend to forget these things😁 Thanks for sharing

I’m glad you find the list useful. It’s so easy to forget some of these jobs when we’re rushing around getting ready! I got home from a trip yesterday and I was so pleased to come home to a clean and tidy house so I don’t have to spend my weekend doing chores!

Such a helpful list! I definitely feel safer when I have copies of all my documents saved. And I love the idea of cleaning and doing laundry before you leave, I need to start doing that!

I’m glad you like the list! My house is more clean when I’m about to leave it for 2 weeks than any other time! It always feels good to come home to everything clean and tidy though, even if it never lasts long!

This is such a great list! I always forget to charge things before a trip! I have half a dozen power banks because I always forget them or they’re dead so I buy new ones 🙃🙃

I’m so pleased you like the list! I’m really paranoid about charging things! I’ll have them on charge right until the last minute! The one I always forget is to have some food in the freezer for when we return. Thank goodness for fast food delivery!

These are great tips – I’m uber paranoid about forgetting to do something before I leave. Once my brother was away and I was looking after his home for 2 weeks. They forgot to empty the fridge and they had fish in there…ugh. Now I remind them every time haha. Smart list!

Oh no! Fish is not a good one to forget about! Eugh! It often feels like everything is super busy in the run up to travel so I find having a list is a great way to make sure I don’t forget any of those odd jobs that often get missed!

These are alll so important, epseically checking the lights and locks! I love now that I have smart lights because I can check them from my phone while I am gone.

There are so many smart gadgets available now that are great for when we’re travelling to put our minds at ease! We haven’t installed any yet as we have quite a bit of cosmetic work to do on our house first but when they’re in they’ll be life-changing!

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16 Easy Steps for Planning Your Next Trip

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I remember when I started planning my first trip around the world. I had no idea what I was doing.

When I decided to quit my job and travel the world , I walked into a bookstore and bought Lonely Planet’s Southeast Asia on Shoestring . Buying that guidebook was my first step toward long-term travel. It made the trip seem more real, more tangible. It made it all seem possible.

While helpful, the book didn’t exactly prepare me for planning a trip around the world. Back then, there weren’t really travel blogs, sharing economy websites, and apps like there are today. I was excited and determined — but I was lost. I had to figure it out as I went, hoping I didn’t miss anything important.

Trip planning can be a daunting task. Where do you begin? What’s step one? What’s step two? What’s step three?

It’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially when you haven’t done something like this before — and especially considering just how much information there is out there these days. Blogs, social media, and guidebooks have never been more plentiful. There’s a firehose of information out there that can sometimes make the task of planning a trip even more challenging and overwhelming.

After a decade of traveling the world , I’ve planned countless trips and vacations for myself, friends, family, and even group tours. In the beginning, it was trial by fire and I learned a lot of lessons the hard way . However, that helped me develop an efficient checklist that ensures I don’t miss anything important during the trip planning process.

After all, I don’t want to get to my next destination and then realize I forgot something. And neither do you!

There is a lot of information on this website ( and even more information packed into my book ), but one question that comes up frequently is, “Matt, how do I put this all together? How do I plan a trip?”

In a continuing effort to help you get out the door and into the world, I’ve created this step-by-step guide on how to plan a trip. It works for any kind of trip — no matter how long you’re going for! Just follow this checklist and you’ll be off in no time!

Table of Contents

Step 1: Decide Where You Want To Go

Step 2: decide the length of your trip, step 3: research your costs, step 4: start saving money, step 5: get a travels rewards credit card, step 6: switch to no-fee atm cards, step 7: stay focused and inspired, step 8: check for last-minute deals, step 9: book your flight, step 10: book your accommodation, step 11: plan your activities, step 12: sell your stuff, step 13: automate your bills, step 14: pack, step 15: buy travel insurance, step 16: enjoy your trip.

If you want to jump ahead, simply click on any of the links above.  

Signs pointing in all directions on a tall sign post with a blue sky as the background

It’s a lot easier to mentally get behind “I am going to Paris in the summer” than “I’m going to Europe” or “I’m going somewhere.” Not only will your trip become more concrete for you and easier to commit to, but it will make planning easier as well…because you know what to work towards. Get specific with your plans. Get detailed. The more focused and concrete your goal, the easier it will be to actually reach it.

Resources for picking your travel destination:

  • 200+ In-Depth Destination Guides
  • 10 Destinations Under $50 Per Day
  • The 10 Best Places to Visit as a Budget Traveler
  • The 20 Best Tropical Islands in the World

How much does it cost to travel? That depends!

Without knowing how long you’re going away for, I can’t answer that question. And it’s a question you need to answer so you can start planning!

In order to figure out how much you need to save you’ll need to know how long your trip will be.

Are you going away for a week? A month? A year?

The length of your trip is a huge factor in determining how much money you need. Spend some time mulling that over until you have your answer.

For example, after you say “I’m going to Paris this summer,” add “for X days.” That way you can start to narrow down just how much money you’re going to need to save. “I am going to Paris for 10 days” is a trip that you can plan for. It’s an attainable goal.  

So you know where you’re going and how long you’ll be there, but to really nail down how much money you need, your next task is to research the costs in your destination at the style of travel you want.

Do you want to backpack, or would you rather stay in luxury hotels?

How much are hostels, hotels, restaurants, and attractions?

Knowing will allow you to estimate how much money you’ll need for your trip. Here is how to research costs:

  • Buy a guidebook.
  • Check out my travel guide section .
  • Google prices for specific things you want to do, such as scuba diving, bungy jumping, winery tours, etc. ( Get Your Guide is a good place to start for that)

You don’t need to do more than that. There’s so much information on the web that if you go down the rabbit hole of overplanning, you’ll get lost and confused by the firehose of information. Stick to those three things and you’ll be set!

In our example, if you are going to Paris for 10 days and need at least $75 USD a day (not including your flight), you know you need to save $750 USD (though round up to $800-900 USD since it’s good to have extra) for your trip.

If you were to travel around the world for a year, you’d need $50 USD a day .

Here are some other insightful posts that will help you better estimate your costs:

  • 5 Ways to Make Your Money Last When You Travel
  • How to Know the Travel Info You Find is Legit
  • How I Research My Solo Travel Destinations

saving money for travel in a piggy bank that's standing on a pile of cash bills

People bleed a lot of money every day through small purchases: a coffee here, a snack there. All of that adds up. In order to make changes to your spending habits, you first need to understand them. Making a list will do just that. It will also put your financial needs into a better perspective.

For example, if you need $2,000 USD for the trip you’re taking in eight months, that means you only have to save $8.33 USD per day. Couldn’t you find a way to save $8 USD per day? Heck, your daily coffee is most of that!

If you’re struggling to save money, here are 23 ways to cut your expenses and save money for travel . This will help you get started and on the road to saving money in no time!  

travel credit card being used to shop online by a man at a laptop

These days, most cards have welcome offers of up to 100,000 points when you meet their minimum spending requirement. That’s enough miles for a free flight almost anywhere in the world!

If you want a free flight, sign up for the cards that help with that. If you want free hotel rooms, get a hotel card. Either way, sign up for a travel credit card and start earning points today. As long as you can pay off your monthly balance, you’ll get free travel credit.

You don’t need to sign up for very many cards either; pick one or two and focus on those. Do this the moment you decide you want to travel. Don’t wait — waiting equals lost miles, which means less free travel.

Collecting points and miles (which is called “travel hacking”) is what all the experts do to cut their costs and travel longer. It’s what has kept my costs down and me on the road for so many years. While the best cards are only available in the US, there are still plenty of options for Canadians as well as folks from Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

For more information on travel hacking and travel credit cards, check out these posts:

  • Travel Hacking 101: A Beginner’s Guide
  • How to Pick the Best Travel Credit Card
  • The Best Travel Credit Cards
  • How to Earn Points by Paying Your Rent
  • The Ultimate Guide to Travel Hacking
  • How to Be a Travel Hacker in Canada

Once you’re abroad, you’re going to need money. While many countries accept credit cards, in the majority of countries cash is still king. That means you’ll need to use ATMs to withdraw the local currency.

And that also means you’re going to get dinged by ATM fees.

If you’re just away for a week or two, paying a few dollars in ATM fees isn’t the end of the world. But if you’re away for a longer period, those fees add up and chew into your travel budget — a budget you’ve worked hard to grow. Don’t give banks any of your hard-earned money.

How? By using a no-fee ATM card.

I use Charles Schwab , but there are lots of other banks (don’t forget to check your local banks) that don’t charge ATM fees. Additionally, you can join a bank in the Global ATM Alliance .

By using a no-fee ATM card you can avoid those pesky ATM fees, leaving you more money for what it was intended for: travel.

Here’s exactly how you can avoid ATM fees while traveling .  

While you get closer to your goal, make sure that you keep feeding your desire to travel. Travel planning can be exhausting and overwhelming — especially if you don’t have support from your friends and family (and especially if your trip is still months away). It can often get discouraging and feel out of reach at times.

Luckily, there are tons of ways to stay focused and keep your spirits high thanks to the amazing community we have on this website. Here are some inspiring travel stories to help keep you inspired to travel:

  • Why It’s Never the Perfect Time to Travel
  • 13 Travel Books That Will Give You Serious Wanderlust
  • How to Change the “I’m Too Poor to Travel” Mindset and Say Yes to Travel
  • 8 Ways to Stay Motivated to Travel

Additionally, be sure to join our online travel community The Nomadic Network . Not only will you find support (and tons of tips) online, but we also host regular in-person and virtual events all around the world. These are a great way to get inspired, meet other awesome travelers in your area, and get travel advice.  

Okay, you’re inspired, prepared, and on your way to saving money for your trip. But before you go buy that flight or book that hotel, check for deals you might have missed. You may dream of Paris but maybe there are great deals to Berlin right now. Or maybe you can get a seven-day cruise for 70% off, a package deal to Hawaii for the price of your flight to Paris, or 50% off sailing trips around Greece.

These days, there is always a deal to be found — especially if you’re flexible with your dates and/or destinations. Some deal websites worth checking out are:

  • Going (Formerly Scott’s Cheap Flights)
  • The Flight Deal
  • Holiday Pirates

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Fortunately, there are still many ways to avoid being the person on the flight who paid the most for their ticket. My two favorite sites for finding cheap airfare are:

  • Skyscanner – Skyscanner is the best website for searching multiple destinations at the same time.
  • Google Flights – Like Skyscanner, Google Flights is great for open searches to multiple destinations.

For the best deals, book your flight about two-three months in advance. Here are two articles on how to score a cheap flight:

  • How to Find Cheap Flights
  • Booking Flights: Everything You Need to Know

luna's hostel in panama city, full of backpackers just hanging out and having fun

For trips longer than two weeks (or if you are going to be traveling long-term) just book your first few days. That will ensure you have a place to go on arrival. Once there, you can get insider advice from your hotel/hostel staff as well as other travelers. You can then use that info to plan your next steps.

While you can book more than your first few nights, you might end up wanting to change your plans once you land. I prefer having flexibility, which is why I always just book my first few nights and go from there.

Here are my go-to sites when it comes to finding the best deals on accommodation:

  • Hostelworld – Hostelworld has the largest selection of hostels and is my go-to site for finding affordable hostels.
  • Agoda – Agoda has the best results if you’re heading to Asia (though they sometimes have good US deals too).
  • Booking.com – Booking.com is the best overall platform for finding budget hotels and guesthouses.

If you’re on a tight budget or you want to connect with more locals during your travels, consider joining platforms like Couchsurfing or BeWelcome . These communities allow travelers to stay with locals for free as a sort of cultural exchange.

Long-term travelers can also try housesitting or WWOOFing as well as they both offer free accommodation (in exchange for pet sitting or farm work respectively).  

Nomadic Matt pretending to be lost with a group of backpacker friends in Asia

Search online for discounts as well. While some countries offer cheaper prices in person, others give discounts to those who book early/online. Research which is which for your itinerary so you can save money.

For shorter trips, you can also book your activities in advance to ensure you get tickets. For longer trips, book as you go.

Additionally, before you leave home, have a rough idea of what activities are priorities for you. That way, if you run out of time or money, you can focus on your top activities so you don’t miss out. Also, make sure to double-check that there are no holidays or other obstacles that will prevent you from certain activities as well.  

If you are going on a long-term trip (six months or more), consider selling your stuff in order to earn extra money for your trip. Start doing this about 60 days before you leave. Some sites to use are:

  • Gumtree – An online classified site with a focus in the UK and Australia.
  • Amazon – The biggest online store in the world.
  • Craigslist – Online global classifieds that have both local and global reach.
  • eBay – Another global online classified site.
  • Facebook Marketplace – Great for finding people near you (so you don’t need to ship your items).

If you aren’t going to be gone that long, skip this step. If you are going away long-term but want to keep your stuff, move it to a friend’s house or keep it in storage. A good storage company in the US is Public Storage . It’s one of the most affordable options out there.  

Get rid of your mail, go paperless, and set up online bill payment for your recurring bills to ensure you won’t miss any while overseas. If you are still going to get paper mail, use a service like Earth Class Mail , which will collect and scan your mail for you. (If you are going on a two-week trip, you don’t really need to worry about this, so you can skip this step, too.)

If you have the option (and don’t want to pay for a mail service), you can also have all your mail sent to a friend or family member.

Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you cancel any phone plans you have or switch your plan to one that is more travel-friendly. T-Mobile is great for travelers going on trips under 3 months. For any trips longer than that, you’ll want to cancel your plan and just buy SIM cards abroad as that will be much cheaper.  

Two travel backpacks all packed and ready for an adventure

I travel with a 45L REI bag and then a smaller day bag.

Unless you’re heading to multiple climates and need bulky winter gear, you don’t need a massive 70L bag stuffed to the top. Here’s my suggested packing list to help you take just the right amount of stuff and avoid overpacking ( here’s a list for female travelers as well ).

While what you pack will depend on where you are going, remember that you don’t need to pack everything you own. You can buy things you need on the road. You can do laundry overseas. At the end of the day, you have to carry everything you bring. So bring less!

There are a few extra items you might want to pack beyond your everyday clothes, though. Some things I like to bring with me are:

  • First aid kit
  • LifeStraw bottle with built-in filter
  • Packing cubes (to stay organized)
  • Travel lock (for hostel lockers)
  • Travel adapter
  • Quick-dry towel

Additionally, make sure you bring any prescriptions with you so you have enough for the duration of your trip. If that’s not feasible, bring a doctor’s note and prescription with you so you can fill it abroad.  

While a lot of people think, “I’m healthy, I don’t need travel insurance . I won’t get sick,” travel insurance is much more than just medical protection. It covers you when your camera breaks, your flight is canceled, a family member dies and you have to come home, or if something gets stolen.

Yes, it’s an added expense. But it’s always better to be safe than sorry. I never leave home without it because I’ve seen first-hand just what can happen on the road.

I never thought I would pop my eardrum while I was scuba diving in Thailand or break my camera in Italy .

I didn’t know I would get knifed in Colombia .

My friend never thought he would break his leg hiking.

Another friend didn’t expect her father would die and she would have to fly back home.

Unfortunately, bad things can happen when you’re traveling. True, these events are few and far between. But they can cost tens of thousands of dollars to handle on your own. If you’re not prepared to pay out of pocket, buy travel insurance.

To help you figure out the best plan for you and your trip, here’s my ultimate guide to picking a good insurance company . It will show you how to pick a good plan that covers you for when you get sick, your flights get canceled, if you get injured, something gets stolen, or your trip is delayed.

Here’s a breakdown of my recommended travel insurance companies so you can see what company offers the best plans for your needs and budget:

  • SafetyWing – Super affordable plans for budget travelers.
  • Insure My Trip – Best for senior travelers.
  • Medjet – Provides additional evacuation coverage to ensure you get home should an emergency occur.
  • Insured Nomads – In-depth emergency and non-emergency coverage for long-term travelers and digital nomads.

For more information on travel insurance, you can check out these posts:

  • What Does Travel Insurance Actually Cover?
  • Is Travel Insurance Worth It?
  • Do You Need Medical Evacuation Insurance?

Additionally, make sure you know your rights as an airline passenger. For example, delayed flights to/from Europe often mean you’re entitled to compensation (beyond anything insurance-related).

Learn how to ensure you are compensated if your travels are delayed or your flight is canceled .  

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If you’re feeling nervous, don’t worry — that’s perfectly normal. You’re about to embark on an amazing adventure — and that’s a huge change. Feeling anxious or nervous or unsure is something every traveler experiences. But you’ve made it this far. Trust your planning, follow your instincts, and you’ll have the trip of a lifetime. I guarantee it.

By using this post as a guideline for your trip planning, you can better organize and prepare for your trip. You’ll check all the boxes, not miss anything, and have plenty of money for your vacation. It can be as simple as booking a flight and packing or as complex as rearranging your entire life to go backpack the world forever.

But, no matter how long your trip may be, this list will help you stay organized and motivated as you plan your trip and step out into the world.

P.S.  – Yes, I did leave out visas and vaccinations, because needing those isn’t as universal as the other stuff on this list, but don’t forget to check if you need those, too!  

Book Your Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks

Book Your Flight Find a cheap flight by using Skyscanner . It’s my favorite search engine because it searches websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is being left unturned.

Book Your Accommodation You can book your hostel with Hostelworld . If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as it consistently returns the cheapest rates for guesthouses and hotels.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:

  • SafetyWing (best for everyone)
  • Insure My Trip (for those 70 and over)
  • Medjet (for additional evacuation coverage)

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21 International Travel Checklist Items To Make Your Life Easier

Planning a big overseas trip–maybe even for the first or second time–and trying to put together the perfect international travel checklist to ensure you don’t forget anything before you leave?

We have you covered: as full-time travelers for more than 4 years across nearly 50 countries, we are well accustomed to preparing for international travel.

We’ve put together this international travel checklist to make sure you leave for the airport stress-free and ready to enjoy a phenomenal vacation abroad!

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International Travel Checklist: Booking Your Trip

Calculate your travel budget and plan with your eyes open..

Before starting any of your trip planning, we recommend setting a budget for your travels.

Having a number in mind (though this is a very, very old post, we still stand by this formula for calculating your travel budget) will not only keep you from overspending, it’ll also keep you from underspending in the early planning stages.

You don’t want to get to the end of your trip and realize you could have splurged on that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity after all!

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Sketch out your travel itinerary.

Once you have a budget in mind, go ahead and sketch out an itinerary for where you want to go once you arrive at your destination.

There is no limit to the variety of bucket list-worthy trips in the world, making narrowing down your options most of the challenge of this step!

This is one of our favorite things to do on this international travel checklist, and detailed itineraries are also my favorite blog posts to write.

If you’re headed to a destination we’ve covered on Our Escape Clause, use the search bar on the top right of the screen to find what suggested itineraries we have for your trip!

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Check visa requirements.

Depending on where you are coming from and where you are going, this step might vary from a cursory Google search all the way up to planning a year in advance so you have time to gather your documents and get to an interview.

For US citizens, we recommend checking visa requirements for your intended destination on the travel.state.gov website , which will always have the most up-to-date official information.

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Check COVID-19 documentation requirements.

In 2021 (and let’s be real: probably in 2022 and quite possibly beyond that), it’s a whole new world as far as traveling abroad goes, and this checklist would not be complete without mentioning COVID-19 documentation.

Whether you need to show your vaccination card, a negative test, or both, odds are you’ll need to square away some documentation to travel internationally.

Don’t forget to check any requirements for coming home, too!

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Buy your plane tickets!

Personally, the moment that we finally purchase our plane tickets is virtually always the moment that a trip really, truly starts to feel real.

It’s exhilarating, and hopefully, a highlight for you as you work through this international travel checklist as well!

Book your hotels & rental car.

Once you have your travel itinerary ready to go, your plane tickets purchased, and your visa sorted (if applicable), it’s time for the next phase of preparing for international travel: booking your hotels for each destination and your rental car.

We typically use Booking.com (and occasionally Airbnb ) to find our hotels and apartments, Get Your Guide to book most tours and tickets,  and use Discover Cars to find our rental cars.

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Start learning phrases in the language of your destination.

For the vast majority of international trips, this is more out of politeness than an extreme necessity, but still: as your trip starts getting closer, start learning a few phrases in the language spoken in your destination!

A few to start with are: yes, no, please, thank you, hello, goodbye, I would like, where is the toilet, and excuse me.

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International Travel Checklist: Getting Your Documents in Order

Check the expiration date on your passport..

For most countries, your passport will need to have an expiration date more than 6 months after you leave the country.

If yours is getting close to expired, get that taken care of ASAP, especially if your trip is coming up (like, start looking at the process of renewing your passport this second ).

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Book onward travel if needed.

Technically speaking, most countries around the world require you to have your exit plan firmly in place in order to enter their country.

Depending on where exactly you’re going and your level of passport privilege, this may be a very important step on your international travel checklist or more of a CYA move, but either way, it’s good to have it taken care of.

If you have a round-trip plane ticket booked, no worries, this doesn’t apply to you.

If you have a one-way ticket booked, print out or download it to your phone (don’t rely on having the internet to look something up in your email–we’ve learned that one the hard way) proof of your plan to leave the country in question.

If you don’t have a plane ticket, perhaps because you are planning to take a train or bus to your next stop, a hotel reservation or visa for your next destination may sometimes work, but it depends on the immigration officer or airline employee (as they often are de facto in charge of enforcing these rules) in question.

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Buy travel insurance.

Given how inexpensive travel insurance is as compared to traveling in general, and how much money and headache it can save you in the face of something going wrong, it is absolutely worth buying when preparing for international travel.

We don’t ever suggest traveling without travel insurance–anything can happen on the road, and traveling abroad is definitely a case of better safe than sorry.

For the vast majority of destinations, we use and recommend Safety Wing for travel insurance.

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Get an international driving permit if needed.

If you’re planning on driving on your trip abroad, be sure to check and see if you need to add an international driving permit to your checklist for international travel before you go!

These are essentially translations of your license into many languages–some countries require them, some technically do and rarely enforce it, some require it only if your license isn’t in one of several languages, and some don’t require it at all.

You can obtain a permit at home before you go by following these steps .

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If necessary, get vaccinated.

Depending on where you’re going, what you’re doing, and how up-to-date your immunizations are, you may need anywhere from a slew of vaccines to prepare for your international trip, documentation of vaccines you’ve already received (especially in 2021), or nothing at all.

The more prep time you have to get any vaccines that you do need, the easier your trip planning will go!

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Email a copy of your itinerary to yourself and a trusted loved one.

The odds of a loved one needing to access your itinerary during your trip abroad are small, but even still, there’s no downside to making sure someone back home knows where you are!

On your side, it’s always handy to have a copy of all your hotel bookings, rental car bookings, plane tickets, etc, handy–you never know when you might need to refer back to something.

Generally, as part of planning a trip, we make an email folder specifically for that trip and put all relevant reservations and information in there to ensure we’re able to keep track of everything.

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International Travel Checklist: Taking Care of Your Home

Stop your mail..

Don’t let mail pile up at your home while you’re away–make sure it is held at the post office for you for the duration of your trip.

For travelers from the USA like us, you can easily set up a mail hold here through USPS online .

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Let family and friends know how to contact you.

Do you plan to stay in touch with family and friends through an international phone plan? Skype? Whatsapp? Email? Social media?

Whatever the plan, be sure to let your loved ones know–especially if you’re planning a longer trip–and if it makes sense for your situation, help them set up any necessary apps that they may not have yet.

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Hire a house or pet sitter if needed.

If you have plants that need watering, a pup that needs walking, a pool that needs cleaning, or just a house that needs someone to come by and make sure everything is okay, get a house and/or pet sitter worked out as far in advance of your trip as possible.

The closer to your travel dates that you start making arrangements, the more stressful the process can be.

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International Travel Checklist: Getting Everything Packed

Make a packing list and buy anything you need..

Obviously, your packing list will vary dramatically based on your destination, but here are a few items that are on our own international travel checklist, typically regardless of destination.

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Comfortable Day Bag  — We currently use  Pacsafe’s sleek anti-theft backpack  and love it, but if you don’t want to shell out the cash for this trip, that’s totally understandable. Just aim for something comfortable to wear, not flashy, and medium-sized–we used a  Northface Jester backpack  for years and loved it as well.

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Money Belt  — This is up to you, but I’ll include it here due to its popularity. We no longer use a money belt, but if you’re more comfortable having your passports on your person while exploring you can consider bringing one.

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If you’re looking for a detailed packing list, we have dozens of them on Our Escape Clause including for summer in Europe , winter in Europe , Italy , Mexico , Colombia , and Ireland .

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Check your prescription medications.

Do you have enough of a supply to last the length of your trip?

If you need to bring it with you in your carry-on luggage, is it in original packaging?

Let your banks and credit card companies know that you’re traveling abroad.

For most banks, this can be done online these days, but you can also choose to call to set a travel notification in a pinch.

Generally, they’ll want to know what countries you’re visiting and for how long, and simply make a note in your file.

Forget to do this, though, and you risk your card being denied when you try to use it abroad!

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Be sure you have all your long-haul flight essentials.

We’ve dedicated an entire post to making sure you bring the right things with you for the endurance event that is getting through a long haul flight semi-comfortably, but here are a few things to get you started: an eye mask , lip balm, cozy socks, hand sanitizer, offline entertainment, and a portable USB charger .

If you like to download things to watch or listen to for flights, consider picking out one of the best travel shows to watch along the way!

Weigh your luggage before you leave.

… and compare it to not only the airline you’re flying with to reach your initial destination, but also any other airlines you’re flying for different legs of your trip, as well.

For example, if you fly from New York to Paris with Delta but are flying from Paris to Rome with Ryanair, make sure your luggage meets Ryanair’s requirements as well to avoid a headache later in your trip.

Kate Storm wearing a brown coat and blue backpack, looking up at a departures board in an airport. Her purse holds some of her long haul flight essentials!

International Travel Checklist: Streamlining Your Arrival

Keep a pen in your carry-on..

If you end up needing to fill out an arrival card before passing through immigration, either on the plane before landing or upon arrival before getting in line for processing, you’ll be so glad to have a pen with you!

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Have a plan in place to get from the airport to your hotel.

The final step of your international travel checklist is as simple as it is important: make an arrival plan.

When you arrive at your destination, you’re undoubtedly going to be exhausted, overwhelmed, and probably a bit jet-lagged, too!

No matter how many times we arrive in a new country, it never stops being a tiny bit stressful, simply because there are a lot of variables at play in the first few hours of arriving somewhere new.

Make life easier on yourself by thinking ahead: when planning your trip , figure out your exact steps of what will happen after the plane lands.

That means exactly how far away your hotel is, how you’ll get there from the airport (train, bus, rental car, taxi?), and if you’ll be traveling by taxi, what a reasonable price is and/or if there is set fare from the airport to the city center (there often is)

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About Kate Storm

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In May 2016, I left my suburban life in the USA and became a full-time traveler. Since then, I have visited 50+ countries on 5 continents and lived in Portugal, developing a special love of traveling in Europe (especially Italy) along the way. Today, along with my husband Jeremy and dog Ranger, I’m working toward my eventual goal of splitting my life between Europe and the USA.

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Very Helpful to Get My Task List Started! If you have something specific to the Holy Land regarding packing list and preparation tasks, I’d love to get my hands on it!

Thanks, Val! Nothing specific to that area at this time, but you never know in the future. 🙂

So glad I found your blog! I’ve traveled to multiple countries over the years, yet, you gave me new things to consider and since it’s been awhile since I’ve traveled it’s helpful to have all of this info in one place! I was wondering whether you recommend we use our cell phones in Europe and talk to our carrier about an international plan or purchase a temporary one at our destination? We are traveling to France this summer and Ireland two times next year. Thank you so much!

Hi Marissa! If your phone is unlocked, purchasing a European SIM card will almost certainly be far cheaper than an international plan. 🙂 You can buy a SIM card once you arrive at the airport (there are virtually always stalls set up as you leave), or you can even buy one on Amazon before you go! I believe Orange sells theirs on Amazon.

Great, thanks Kate!

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Digital tools and ideas to transform education, 8 engaging esl activities for teaching about travelling.

Engaging ideas and activities revolving about the topic of travelling coming right up!

These are some of the activities I have been doing with my upper-intermediate students. I thought I might share them with you, in case it saves you some time.

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I have split the activities into two days as some of the activities in Day 2 require studying the vocabulary introduced in Day 1.

As my students are upper-intermediate, it is not the first time they study this popular topic.  Therefore, to revise some of the words I thought they knew, I used the website Half a crossword. 

Addicted to using technology in my class, as I have confessed time and again, I have used Genial.ly to create some flashcards.  The flashcards were initially used in class and then shared with them to encourage revision outside the walls of the classroom.

The flashcards contain common collocations related to travelling, but some words are missing. Before flipping the card, students try to guess the hidden word(s). The initial letters are provided to make guessing easier for them.

Note: click on the 3 dots to enlarge the presentation.

Think about it: how many pictures are stored on our mobile phones? What could engage students more than talking about what is real for them, about their own experiences, about their own trips?

Ask students to take out their mobile phones and ask them to choose their favourite picture from their last holiday. Allow some minutes for this part. Ask students to work in pairs or threes. Ask them to show the picture to their partners, talking about it and sharing the story behind the picture.  Encourage the use of the collocations in the exercise above.

This “flexible seating” strategy is quickly becoming one of my favourites to pair students with different partners. I explained the strategy here

For this exercise, I sellotaped to the back of the chairs of the classroom the phonetic transcription of the collocations studied in the flashcard activity. This way, I killed two birds with one stone, as the exercise helped me to revise the collocations and ensure they pronounced the words in the correct way.  To transcribe the collocations, I used a website I have been using for years. Check it out here.

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Using a presentation with some conversation questions I created on Spark Adobe some years ago, I asked my students to discuss the questions trying to use the collocations studied in Activity 4.

Every two questions, I gathered all the cards containing the collocations, shuffled them and redistributed them. This meant, standing up and finding the matching card with the corresponding pronunciation and then, sitting on that chair and talking to a different student.

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Groups of 4 students.  I displayed the first dilemma and asked students to pair up within the group and discuss for some minutes what they would do.  Then, I asked them to share their ideas in their groups and finally, we had a whole-class discussion.

I created some posters using Canva.com and put them on the walls of the classroom. To form groups, I numbered them off and asked all number 1s to form a group, all number 2s to form a group, …etc. This way, I made sure they worked with different students.

Before the class, I put the 5 posters up on the walls of the class. Next to the posters, I also put 3 or 4 cards containing common collocations from Activity 4.

I instructed the groups to choose a poster and discuss the question in the poster, trying to use the vocabulary in the cards.

I did not set a time for each poster, I gave them the freedom to discuss as much as they wanted, but encouraged them to do at least three posters. I dedicated 25 minutes to this activity.

Posters here

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Glad you liked them!

Thank you for sharing your ideas. They are really helpful.

Thank you very useful and interesting ESL activities

Thanks. You’ve made my day!

You are amazing) Your work is fantastic! Thank you for sharing. Today you have inspired me to continue working and changing.

Thanks, Olga!!! Glad to have helped you!!

Christina!!! Thanks to your site I make my lessons the best in the world! It is perfect!

My advice?? One app at a time!! Once you master one, start with the next one!

Thanks Cristina for sharing everything… I´m learning to use all these apps to make my classes more interactive.. It’s driving me crazy hahaha… but I made it… I’ve already done a presentation with Adobe Spark and now I’m working on Genially.. uff.. hard work… thankssss

Hi Cristina, I did appreciate your tips. I teach English to Italian young learners, teenagers and adults and I really like the variety of tools you let students use as well as your teaching ideas in connection with technology. Congrats!

Yes. Seeing what other teachers are doing we can get better! Thanks for your comment!

Thank you very much Cristina! I always take inspiration from your lesson plans and I also love the tools that you use. Sharing is the best things that we, as teachers, can do!

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23 Essential Tasks to Complete Before You Travel

All your bags are packed; you’re ready to go! Hold on a minute there Mr. Denver – hopefully, you’ve remembered to take care of these easily overlooked tasks prior to takeoff. Below we’ve compiled a list of tasks to complete prior to departure. We’ve broken it into sections based on how far in advance you should complete each task so you’re not overwhelmed last-minute.

List of tasks to complete prior to departure.

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Don’t Forget to Do These Tasks Before Your Next Trip!

One month or more prior.

  • Purchase travel insurance and insure your expensive gear.
  • Arrange for a house-sitter if you need one.
  • If you have pets, arrange care either with a house sitter or a kennel service.
  • Inform your bank and credit card companies of your travel dates and destinations. Sometimes, unexpected travel can trigger their fraud department to put a hold on your accounts if they believe your information might be compromised.
  • If you have a house alarm, notify the monitoring company of your travel dates as well as who to contact while you are away.
  • Activate your cell phone travel plan, if necessary. Or, purchase a Skyroam Solis which gives you 4G coverage in over 130 countries.

Less Than One Month Prior

  • Put a hold on your mail and/or newspaper delivery service (does anyone even get the paper anymore?).
  • Schedule your bill payments.
  • Refill your prescriptions if you’ll run out during your trip.
  • Schedule shuttle to and from the airport. ( Uber  and Lyft now have a scheduling service!)

One Week Prior

  • Leave itinerary with family in the event of an emergency.
  • Have the address of your lodging readily available if you’re traveling internationally; you’ll need it to complete the customs form before entry to the country you’ll be visiting.
  • Make a copy of your passport to keep in your purse/wallet in case it’s lost or stolen. A digital photo on your phone is also good.
  • Take a picture of luggage you’re checking with the airline in case it’s lost.

One Day Prior

  • Check-in to your flight 24-hours prior to take-off.
  • Set timers for lights so your house doesn’t appear vacant. Or, install a Bluetooth light switch that you can control with your phone and set timers.
  • Tidy-up your house, do the dishes, and clean your bathrooms – nothing beats coming home to a clean house.
  • Empty your refrigerator of perishables.
  • Take out the garbage.
  • Charge your electronics’ batteries so they’re ready for use on your trip.

Minutes Prior

  • Close and lock all doors and windows.
  • Turn off your air conditioner and heater. The Nest Thermostat is great for this so you can turn the AC/heater back on the day you’re headed home from the destination you are still in that way your home is at the temperature you want when you get home.
  • Most importantly, check that you have your passport in one of your travel bags – without it you aren’t going ANYWHERE!

As you can see, there’s an exhaustive number of essential tasks to consider in preparation for travel. For this reason, we suggest setting notifications in your phone’s calendar and create a checklist, so you don’t forget. Knowing you have these things taken care of will bring you peace-of-mind, so you can focus on enjoying your trip to the fullest.

So what things do you do to prep for travel? Feel free to let us know if you think we missed something by commenting below or sending us an email .

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Travel & Holidays ESL Games, Worksheets | ESL Travel Activities

If you need some fresh, new ideas for the ESL travel and holiday unit that you can find in most textbooks, then you’re in the right place. We’ll share our top ideas for games and activities, along with travel vocabulary, worksheets and lesson plans. Let’s get to it!

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ESL holiday and travel-themed activities

Let’s get into everything you need to know for an ESL holiday lesson. Keep on reading!

ESL Travel and Holiday Activities

Here are the top ESL travel activities that you may want to try out with your students.

#1: Plan a Trip

Have your students plan a dream vacation in English! Instead of researching in their first language, use Google in English. In order to practice writing, keep notes only in English. Here’s an example of how you might plan your trip using English. You can have your students add as little, or as much detail as you’d like. However, the point of the activity is to practice writing in point form which is useful when writing outlines for tests or essays.

Day 1: Monday, January 1

Fly Seoul (3pm) —-> Vancouver (7am) Check in Hotel ABC, 123 Avenue Rest, relax

Day 2: Tuesday, January 2

Stay Hotel ABC Tour Stanley Park Eat Pub XYZ dinner

Day 3: Wednesday, January 3

Check out Hotel ABC Rent car Budget 123 Drive Whistler Rent skis shop ABC Go Skiing Lunch ski lodge Check in Hotel ABC Whistler Bed early

Procedure for one of my favourite ESL travel activities:

  • Give students time to do some Internet research about a place they want to go. It’s helpful to specify the number of days. I generally make a rule that they must do this research in English. Suggest some helpful websites where they might like to start (Trip Advisor, Air BnB, etc.).
  • Students can make a day-by-day itinerary of what they’re trip is going to look like.
  • They can share about their trip with the class or turn it in for a graded assignment.

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#2: A-Z Alphabet Game

If you know that your students already know a fair bit about holiday and travel, you may want to try this quick warm-up game. Or, you could consider using it as a review game at the end of a class.

The way it works is that students, in pairs or small groups write down the alphabet on a piece of paper. Then, they have to think of one travel related word for each letter. It doesn’t have to be done in order. For example:

P: Passport

The winner is the team with the most completed letters at the end of the allotted time. Do you want to find out more? Check this out: A-Z Alphabet Game ESL .

#3: Travel Word Association

This is nice ESL activity to do if you know that your students have studied about travel and holidays before. They can shout out vocabulary words related to this and you can make a mind map or sorts on the board. Group similar things together. For example, articles of clothing.

Find out more about this quick ESL warmer right here: ESL Vocabulary Word Association.

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#4: Postcards ESOL Travel Activity

If you can get your hands on some cheap postcards or have some laying around your house or teacher’s office, try out this fun writing activity. It may just be the novelty factor, but students seem to love it. This activity is ideal for working on common greetings, the past tense (more ideas here: ESL past tense games ), and using descriptive words, as well as using synonyms to avoid repetition.

Distribute the postcards to the students. You can do one per student, or put the students into pairs. They have to look at the picture on the front of the postcard and imagine that they went on this vacation. Then, they can write about their trip to a friend or family member.

Next, the students trade postcards with another student or group. After reading them, they can write a response back of at least a few sentences. Finally, you may want to display them around the class as they’re colourful and fun and other students may enjoy reading them! Have some fun with this ESOL travel activity.

  • Give each student or pair a postcard. They look at the picture and imagine what they did on that vacation, and then pretend that they’re writing to a friend or family member.
  •  Exchange postcards and another student or group have to write a response to what they read.
  • Display the postcards around your classroom (optional).

#5: Travel or Holiday Videos

I’m ALL about using videos with my ESL/EFL students. They’re fun, engaging and a nice way to grab student’s attention and introduce a topic. Of course, you can base an entire class around one too if you design the activities well.

If you want to find out more about using them in your classes and some activities and games to do with them, you’ll want to check this out: Using Videos for Teaching English .

#6: Dictogloss ESOL Travel Activity

This is a challenging activity that works on listening and writing skills. Find a short story related to holiday or travel. It could even be a description of your own vacation that you took recently.

Then, you read out the story to your students in a way that is a bit challenging for them to catch every word. Students have to take notes and then try to reconstruct what they heard based on their notes in small groups. You can read it again so that students have a chance to make some additions or corrections. Finally, students compare their version with the original.

Do you want to try it out with your students? You can learn more about one of the best ESL travel activities here: ESL Dictogloss Activity .

#7: Holidays ESL Lesson Plan

It’s easy to plan an ESL lesson about any topic, including holidays. Check out this video for the steps to follow:

#8: Yes/No Questions and Answers

If you think about it, holidays and travel lend themselves to a ton of yes/no questions. For example:

  • Did you fly or drive?
  • Did you eat some delicious things?
  • Was the food good?
  • Did you have nice weather?

If you want to see some activities or games to work on these kinds of questions, you’ll want to check this out: Yes/No Activities and Games.

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#9: ESL Food Activities and Games

I’m not sure if it’s the same for you, but when I travel, it’s ALL about the food. I want to try all the delicious things where I’m staying! The good news is that I have a ton of fun, interactive games and activities for food. You can easily adapt most of them to focus on holidays.

You can find out more details here: ESL Food Activities.

#10: ESL Surveys

I love to use surveys in my classes because they lend themselves to just about any topic. In the case of travel, they’re ideal for working on the present perfect and simple past together.

For example:

Have you ever travelled to another country?

Where did you go?

If you want to know more about how to design and use surveys in your classes for an ESL travel lesson, then you’ll want to check this out: Surveys for ESL Students.

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I also love to use ESL surveys to get students to express an opinion in English.

#11: Present Perfect Activities Related to Travel

The present perfect is often used to talk about vacations, travel and holidays. For example:

  • Have you ever been to another country?
  • Have you travelled to ______ before?

In order to incorporate this grammatical construction into some of your lesson, you’ll want to check this out: Present Perfect ESL Activities.

#12: Brochure Scanning

This is an excellent travel activity! You’ll have to get your hands on some travel brochures first. The way it works is that students get tons of practice with a reading sub-skill (scanning) because they have to look quickly through the brochures to find specific bits of information. For example, cost or number or days.

Do you want to try out this reading activity? You can find out all the details here: Brochure Scanning Reading Activity for ESL .

#13: Odd One Out ESL Warmer

This is a quick English warm-up activity that you can try out with your students. The way it works is that you write words, in groups of 4 on the board. 3 are similar and 1 is the odd one out. Students have to choose this one and say why it doesn’t fit. For example:

Bathing suit, sunglasses, boots, flip-flops

Answers: Boots because it’s not for a beach vacation. I accept many different answers as long as students support it well.

You can learn more about this ESL warm-up here: Odd One Out for ESL .

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#14: Would you Rather? 

I’m sure you’ve done this before with friends. You have to choose between two negative things, or two positive things. For example, how you want to die, or what you want to eat. In this case, students could choose between two types of vacation. For example:

Would you rather have a beach or forest vacation?

Would you rather stay in a big hotel, or an AirBNB?

Learn more about this nice activity for an ESL travel lesson here: ESL Would You Rather?

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#15: Task Based Activity: Dream Vacation

I love to incorporate this style of teaching into my holiday lessons. It allows students more freedom to choose what they want to learn about and also builds opportunities for some serious teamwork.

In this case, I’ll have students work in groups of 2-3 to plan a dream vacation. They can do some research to find out all the details including how to get there, food, budget, where to stay, etc. Then, they either have to write a report and hand it in to me and/or do a short presentation to the class.

Need some more ideas for this style of a lesson? Check this out: Task-Based Learning .

#16: Travel Themed Charades

I love to play charades with my students. The way it works is that you can think of some travel-related phrases. For example:

  • Flying on a plane
  • Sleeping on a bus
  • Eating noodles
  • Buying souvenirs

Then, students have to act this out and their teammates have to guess what the phrase is. More details here: ESL Charades.

#17: Travel Journal

Encourage students to keep a travel journal for a fictional trip. They can describe their experiences, sights, and sounds, using new vocabulary.

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#18: Eliciting in an ESL Travel Lesson

Unless your students are absolute beginners, then it’s likely that they already know a good amount of travel and holiday vocabulary. That’s often why I like to start off my ESL traveling lesson by using some eliciting techniques. There are two main reasons for this.

The first reason is that it’s possible to find out what the students already know about this topic to avoid wasting class time covering these things. The second is that it helps students activate their prior knowledge about travel/holidays to make the new things they learn more memorable. Learn how to do this tactic for an ESL holiday lesson here:

ESL Eliciting Advice .

#19: Travel Listening Lesson

A nice way to talk about any topic is through a listening lesson. In this case, find a conversation between two people talking about an upcoming vacation plan. Or, someone talking about a favourite vacation from the past (it could even be you). Then, design an entire listening lesson around that. Find out how here:

#20: Idiom ESL Traveling Activity

There are lots of idioms related to holidays, travel and transportation. Here are just a few of them:

  • All hands on deck
  • To send flying
  • Bump in the road
  • Off the rails
  • Train wreck
  • Asleep at the wheel
  • Fall off the wagon
  • Hit the road

One of the best ways to make these idioms super memorable is to do this fun activity. Afterwards, your students will never forget! Learn more about this ESL activity:

Idiom Activity for Language Learners .

#21: Concentration ESL Traveling Vocabulary

One of the best ways to review new words during an ESL holiday or travel lesson is to play this memory game. Depending on the level of the students, make some matching pairs of cards with the following:

  • Word/picture
  • Word/definition
  • Word/clue about the word

Then in small groups, students play the game to find the matches. Find out all the details about how to set it up and play:

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#22: Speaking Fluency Activity

To use this activity with a unit on holidays or travel, have students talk about a past, or upcoming vacation.

#23: Me Too!

Students have to make a true statement about themselves related to holidays and travelling. For example:

  • I’ve been to Japan.
  • I hate the beach.
  • My family goes on a big vacation every summer.

If other students can agree, they stand up and say, “Me too!”

#24: Labour Day Guessing Game

#25: Holiday Interviews

Pair students and have them interview each other about their favorite holidays. They can then present their partner’s holiday to the class.

#26: Travel Bingo

Create bingo cards with images or words related to travel and holidays. Students mark off the squares as they learn new vocabulary.

#27: Travel-Themed Role-Plays

Set up role-plays where students act as travelers, airport staff, or hotel receptionists. This helps them practice common travel dialogues.

#28: Travel Vocabulary Pictionary

Play Pictionary using travel-related words. Students take turns drawing and guessing the vocabulary words.

#29: Travel Storytelling

Ask students to create and share short stories about a memorable travel experience they’ve had or wish to have in the future.

#30: Travel Debate

Have students debate the pros and cons of traveling. This encourages critical thinking and speaking skills.

Travel and Holiday Vocabulary

Here are some of the most common vocabulary words that you may want to teach your students related to traveling for an ESL holiday lesson.

  • bathing suit
  • boarding pass
  • vaccination
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Travel Worksheets and Lesson Plans for ESL

If you’re looking for some worksheets or lesson plans related to holidays and travel, then you’ll want to check out some of our top resource recommendations:

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FAQs about ESL Travel Lessons

There are a number of common questions that people have about teaching this unit. Here are the answers to some of the most popular ones.

What is the purpose of teaching the travel and holiday unit to English learners?

The purpose is to help English learners develop vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills related to travel and holidays.

What topics can be covered within the travel and holiday unit?

Topics can include modes of transportation, booking accommodations, tourist attractions, holiday activities, travel phrases, and cultural aspects of different destinations.

How can I introduce vocabulary related to travel and holidays?

You can introduce vocabulary through visual aids, realia (actual objects), flashcards, and interactive activities such as matching games or vocabulary quizzes.

What grammar structures can be taught in the travel and holiday unit?

Grammar structures such as present simple for schedules and timetables, past simple for recounting travel experiences, future tenses for making travel plans, and modal verbs for expressing preferences or asking for permission can be taught.

What speaking activities can be used to practice travel and holiday-related topics?

Role-plays, group discussions about dream destinations, travel itineraries, or describing holiday experiences are effective speaking activities. Additionally, pair work activities like “Find Someone Who” or “Guess the Destination” can engage learners in conversation.

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This English lesson plan helps reinforce  vocabulary related to traveling  by asking students to plan trips and excursions based on the profile of different groups of travelers. It is helpful to use local newspapers, especially newspapers that provide local events, to give students ideas of real places to visit. Most large cities have specialty newspapers that focus on local events and attractions available for free throughout the city.

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The lesson begins with students deciding which types of groups are going to take a trip. Based on which group of travelers are going, students then use resources to plan out a short stay in a specific city or area of the country. Of course, you can choose to have students focus on distant locations. If you are teaching English in another country, it's probably best to vary this and focus on traveling abroad to allow the use of English place names.

Lesson Aims: Completing a small group task using the internet and other resources available in English, describing a travel destination and itinerary in detail

Activity: Planning a short trip to a specific location based on different traveler types

Level: Intermediate  

Lesson Plan

As a class, discuss what types of locations, travel plans, etc. might be suitable for these different types of travelers:

  • A married couple on a honeymoon
  • Two friends who are attending college
  • Two business people 

As a class, discuss which resources students can use to make travel plans. There are many travel websites online that offer all the necessary tools for scheduling a trip. If available, use a projector and walk through the process of finding round trip flight tickets and hotels on a travel site. 

Using the worksheet below, break students up into pairs or small groups (maximum of 4) assigning a pair of travelers to each group. Have students come up with detailed plans for each travel group. After each group has finished, have them present their travel plans to the entire class.

Variation: To extend this activity, ask students to create a presentation using PowerPoint or another similar software application. Students should find photos and write up bullet points for each of the activities to include in the presentation . 

Plan a Trip to ___________ for the Following Travel Groups:

Honeymooners

Mary and Tim have just married and are in the mood for a great honeymoon to celebrate their eternal love for each other. Make sure to include lots of romantic options and some excellent meals to mark this happy event.

College Friends

Alan and Jeff are attending college together and are looking to have a wild week of fun and adventure. They love going to clubs and partying hard, but they don't have a lot of money to eat at fine restaurants. 

Cultured Couples

The Andersons and the Smiths are married couples that have been friends for years. Their children are grown up and have their own families. Now, they enjoy traveling together and place a great deal of emphasis on visiting sights of cultural significance. They also love going to concerts and eating fine food. 

Business People

These business people are interested in opening up a new company at your chosen location. They need to find out about the area, meet local business people, and discuss their proposal with local government.

Family with Children

The McCarthur family has three children aged 2, 5, and 10. They love spending time outdoors and have a limited budget for eating out. They aren't interested in entertainment, but the parents like to take the children to important museums to help with their cultural education. 

Peter and Dan

Peter and Dan married a few years ago. They love to explore gay hot spots in cities they travel to, as well as do traditional sight-seeing tours. They are also gourmets who spend up to $500 on good meals, so they'd like to go to at least one top rated restaurant. 

Travel Planning Sheet

Fill in the information to complete the vacation plans.

Dates / Times: Cost:

How many nights?: Cost:

Rental car yes/no? If yes, cost:

Trips / Sightseeing for the day: Cost:

Restaurants / Eating: Where?: Cost:

Evening entertainment: What / Where? Cost:

Add as many days as necessary to your travel planning sheet.

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This lesson offers a variety of activities based on British round-the-world travellers; a cyclist, a running granny and a teenage sailor.

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Students will firstly review country names, and then there is an activity to pre-teach vocabulary for a jigsaw reading task, where students will explain their texts to each other. There follows a role play in which students play the part of a traveller or a journalist, and this is followed by a task where students compare ideas on advice to world travellers. Finally there is a more open discussion task about young people, travel and world records.

Aims: • To learn vocabulary related to travel and adventure • To develop reading skills • To practise speaking skills Age group: 12- adult

Level: B1 / B2

Time: 60 minutes

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15 invaluable career skills you can develop while travelling.

Developing general career skills can be difficult when you are stuck in an everyday working routine. Jumping from one task to another, with no space to reflect, we are rarely challenged in new and different ways. Taking a step back to travel provides a completely different environment and headspace for developing career skills that can otherwise pass you by. Here, we take a look at the life and career skills that travel can help you to develop, why they are important, and strategies for improving them.

As we outline in our guide to maximising your professional development on a travel career break , taking a travel sabbatical does not guarantee you will develop career skills. As with anything in life, the more you put into it, the more you are likely to get out. So, for each example of a career skill we explore below, we suggest ways you can shape your journey to give yourself the best chance of honing it.

In this article:

What are career skills?

Career skills are a set of personal qualities, attributes and competencies that enable you to thrive in a variety of working environments. For example, the ability to communicate well is a skill that is applicable to a huge range of professions.

Career skills are distinct from specific knowledge applied to a particular profession, for example medicine or engineering. Moreover, career skills are usually highly transferrable and will make you a more attractive proposition to employers on top of the sector-specific knowledge required for a role.

Life and career skills

Many of the skills we outline here will not only be advantageous for your career prospects, but can also make a tremendous difference to your life outside of work. So, let’s take a look at how travel – with the right approach – can give you the confidence to thrive in both your personal life and professional life…

Career skills you can develop while travelling

1.  empathy, why is empathy a useful career skill.

Empathy empowers you to be more understanding of other people’s behaviours and viewpoints. This gives you a better feel for group dynamics and makes you a more effective team-worker, an invaluable skill in almost any working environment. Being empathetic also gives you a deeper understanding of how you affect people around you, enabling you to adjust and adapt.

How will travel help you become more empathetic?

Travel encourages empathy in two significant ways. First, it brings you into contact with people from a multitude of backgrounds, in many cases lesser privileged than your own. Secondly, the more you explore new places, it is also more likely you will meet personal challenges you are unfamiliar with. This combination of eye-opening experiences gives you a deeper appreciation for alternative perspectives in life.

How you can build empathy skills when travelling

Make an active effort to immerse yourself in the places you visit, have conversations with people and learn about the way of life. Try to put yourself in other people’s position, and then reflect on how that might impact your point of view. This short TED talk explores what travel can teach you about empathy:

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2.  Resilience

Why is resilience a useful career skill.

Resilience is invaluable in your working life for many reasons. It equips you to deal with conflict, and makes you more open to constructive criticism. It also gives the composure to stay calm in crises, and the strength to get over past mistakes. Ultimately, resilience allows you to stay engaged and focused during difficult times.

How will travel help you become more resilient?

When travelling, things do not always go according to plan. There are always bumps in the road, and so you become accustomed to managing difficult situations and dealing with harsh behaviour towards you. You learn to manage things that are out of your control, and to recover quickly from difficulty.

How you can build resilience when travelling

Travelling innately makes you resilient, and the more you travel, the more it will build. But the best way to develop resilience from travel is to take an independent pathway. Instead of booking organised and catered tours, be the master of your own destiny and go self-guided. This will inevitably bring about challenges and put you into situations that will force you to act under pressure.

3.  Cultural competence

Why is cultural competence a useful career skill.

Cultural competence is a vital skill in the modern world, in which populations are becoming ever-more diverse. Employers today do not only require an understanding of diversity issues, but a deeper ability to communicate across cultural divides. Being attuned to a variety of backgrounds and cultures allows you to operate well among different groups of people and to communicate with different audiences. Furthermore, cultural competence can unlock new career opportunities to work at an international level.

How will travel help you become more culturally competent?

Travel exposes you to a variety of cultures, and thus builds your understanding and enhances your ability to communicate across boundaries. It teaches you to appreciate that being different isn’t wrong, and to recognise your privileges in life. The journey to cultural competence is one that never ends, and we can always learn more – but travel is one of the best pathways towards improvement.

How you can build cultural competence when travelling

The process of building cultural competence through travel is similar to empathy. The more you go out of your way to learn about local cultures, the more you will benefit. Consider visiting countries where the cultures might seem strange or alien to your own, and take the time to reflect on what is different about the culture. For example, when we first travelled in Vietnam, we felt as though people were being rude to us; but the more we explored and learned, we realised that most people were communicating in a way deemed to be socially acceptable, and we were just experiencing some culture shock.

Read more: Susan writes about how travel enables you to value differences in the workplace .

4.  Communication

Why is communication a useful career skill.

Communication is probably the most important and transferrable of all career skills. It transcends all job types and sectors, and extends into many other aspects of life, bringing benefits that reach far beyond work. If you can communicate well, you are more likely to be understood clearly, and to convince others of your point of view. Communication skills also help you to network more effectively and build fruitful working relationships.

How will travel help you become a better communicator?

When travelling, you constantly need to break down communication barriers. You regularly encounter difficulties with getting a message across or understanding what someone is trying to say to you. You learn to be savvy, to read body language better, and to communicate complex problems in a simple way. And you become accustomed to different communication styles and learn to adapt to them.

How you can build communication skills when travelling

Make a conscious effort to put yourself in situations that require communication skills to navigate. For example, take local transport. I remember when we arrived at a bus station in rural Laos early one morning to take a journey across the country. The departure system seemed chaotic and nobody at the terminal spoke English, so we needed to improvise a little in order to get onto the right service. Experiences like this help you to be patient and think imaginatively when it comes to communicating.

5.  Planning

Why is planning a useful career skill.

A good planner can identify their goals and map out what needs to be done in order to succeed. They can evaluate alternative methods to achieve those goals and identify the resources that will be needed to implement them. And once the plan is in motion, the best planners will track progress, evaluate how things are going and take steps to change course if needed. Good planning skills are essential for organising your working life and managing projects of any kind.

How will travel help you become a better planner?

Just like projects in the workplace, travel requires careful planning and the ability to evaluate new information. Every journey has a structure, and once it is in motion, things will change and your plans will need to be adapted. Even if you’re the kind of traveller who goes wherever the wind takes you, you will still need to evaluate and understand your current environment before you can move on, a process that develops your situation analysis skills – the first step of the planning cycle.

How you can build planning skills when travelling

Travel plans rarely turn out perfectly, so take stock and learn from your mistakes. Could that difficult situation have been avoided if you had been better prepared, and if so, what will you do differently next time? For example, after the first few weeks of our round-the-world trip, we were exhausted and realised that we had over-planned our travel schedule. We took a break for a few days and then adjusted our approach, making our itinerary more flexible.

Our guide to planning a round-the-world trip provides a framework to apply to your travel planning.

6.  Goal-setting

Why is goal-setting a useful career skill.

Goal-setting is an essential ingredient of the planning process; it gives you a framework for achieving milestones in your work and career. It gives you the time and headspace to allow you to think about the goals you want to set, and to spend time performing and measuring them. The ability to set goals effectively makes you efficient, gives you momentum, and will later enable you to visualise the processes that have led to your results.

How will travel help you become better at goal-setting?

Travel provides a flexible testing environment to experiment with goal-setting outside of your professional setting. As you are only accountable to yourself, you can test out the techniques that will work for you without any external pressures.

How you can build goal-setting skills when travelling

Use the opportunity to experiment with goal-setting and challenge yourself in a safe environment. You could tie this in with other areas of professional development, for example by setting a goal to make at least two new connections or try a new cultural activity each week. Alternatively, your goal might simply be to let go, or to enjoy life; exploring what that means to you and then seeking to achieve it will help you to succeed. But you also need to be active in order to get positive results. This means recognising your behaviours and thought processes so that you can improve or change them.

7.  Budget management

Why is budget management a useful career skill.

Budget management is an invaluable skill to build for your career, especially if you have aspirations of advancing up the management ladder. Having a sound grasp of budgeting will equip you to understand and plan finances for a business or a department, however big or small.

How will travel help you become more astute with finances?

Long-term travel typically happens on a challenging budget. When you’re watching the pennies over a long period of time, you learn a lot about financial prioritisation and how to manage your money sustainably. You also learn to become savvy with spending and make small amounts go a long way.

How you can build budget management skills when travelling

Incorporate budgeting into your travel planning, even if it’s just making a rough spending plan and breakdown for each place you will visit. Keeping a spreadsheet for finances is helpful, as you can then use it to track what you’ve spent, compare actual costs with what you estimated, and then use that information to budget more accurately in future.

8.  Creativity

Why is creativity a useful career skill.

Every job requires at least a degree of creativity – not just traditionally creative jobs like design or marketing. And as our economies continue to be driven by innovation and technological advances, creativity has never been more important as a career skill. Unlike many skills, it is not something that can be replicated by machine automation. A study by Adobe showed that businesses that look for creativity in employees benefit from higher productivity levels, more satisfied customers and greater financial success.

How will travel help you become more creative?

Travel engages your senses in many new ways, exposing you to unfamiliar sights, sounds, smells and tastes, and stimulating the creative parts of your brain. And this is backed up by research: an oft-cited study by New York’s Columbia Business School demonstrates that cross-cultural experiences increase cognitive flexibility and thus enhance creativity and innovation. Just think about how much great art and literature has been inspired by travel, from Twain to Tolkien.

How you can improve your creativity when travelling

The findings of the Columbia study show that you will only enjoy a creativity boost from travel if you actively engage in the local culture and environment. According to Professor Adam Galinsky, “the key, critical process is multicultural engagement, immersion, and adaptation”.

9.  Language skills (not just learning a language)

Why are language skills useful for your career.

Learning a language has obvious career benefits in terms of opening new doors, but there is also a lot to be gained from developing a broader aptitude for languages. The ability to recognise the linguistic roots of names and words from distinct patterns, and to identify languages based on accents and other vocal mannerisms, can be highly useful in a work setting, especially if you operate in an international environment. It adds to your cultural competence and can improve your efficiency with research and data analysis.

How will travel help you improve your language skills?

Travel exposes you to a different languages and provides an opportunity to learn about them and how to speak them. Even if you do not learn to speak a language while in a place that speaks it natively, you can still gain aptitude for it by building trait recognition from street signs, menus, advertising and other text displays.

How you can build your language skills when travelling

Be adventurous with your travel itinerary and try to incorporate countries that speak different native languages to your own. Learn some basic vocabulary before you visit, practice it while you are there, and also pay attention to the nature of the language in public signage and the way people speak.

10.  Problem-solving

Why is problem-solving a useful career skill.

Problem-solving is applicable to any kind of work and is highly valued by employers. It gives you the ability to navigate the barriers that prevent you from achieving your goals, which ultimately gives you more control over your environment. Problem-solving is useful in so many situations. It’s a skill helps you navigate the tiniest everyday tasks right through to much bigger challenges, like investigating shortcomings in a company’s performance.

How will travel make you a better problem-solver?

Every journey is different, but travel always involves getting from A to B, and things always get in the way. You meet a plethora of challenges and become much more attuned to thinking on your feet to navigate them. We often cite BBC’s Race Across the World on this blog, and this is another area where the show resonates. We saw many examples in action when contestants learned to be better problem-solvers as they voyaged overland through Latin America. Down to their last few pennies, Sam and Jo didn’t have enough money left to travel to Mendoza; thinking on her feet, Jo negotiated with the operator to work on the bus in return for discounted tickets.

How you can improve your problem-solving when travelling

Don’t always stick to the familiar; try heading off the beaten track, and you will naturally encounter more challenges and venture further out of your comfort zone. As with resilience, you are more likely to build problem-solving skills if you travel independently. If you are nervous about navigating cultural differences, then you could first try travelling in a country that shares cultural similarities. For example, before we travelled extensively in South America, we spent some time in Miami, USA, to get used to the challenges of travelling while in a place that shared our language.

11.  Self-awareness and introspection

Why is self-awareness a useful career skill.

The more self-aware you are, the better you will understand how others see you, and be able to identify problems that arise from negative perception. Once you recognise your flaws, you can do something about them. Self-awareness is the perfect counterbalance to empathy, and greatly improves your ability to operate effectively in a team.

How will travel make you more introspective?

Travel makes you more self-aware by giving you space to reflect on your values and behaviours, and to compare them with those displayed in other cultures. A study by three US universities found that living abroad leads to a clearer sense of self. The outcomes showed that when people are able to contrast the differing values and norms between the cultures of their home environment and elsewhere, it triggers a juncture of self-reflection.

How you can build your self-awareness when travelling

The scientists behind the study into travel and self-reflection are the same whose worked showed a link between travel and creativity, and their advice is consistent. Immerse yourself in local cultures, give yourself space to reflect, and be mindful of the contrasts between your own cultural values and those you encounter. You may find it useful to keep a travel journal and make regular notes on your self-reflection.

12.  Curiosity

Why is curiosity a useful career skill.

Careers are about constantly learning and improving, and curiosity empowers you to do this. Curious people ask the right questions and are less likely to get stuck in old habits. It’s a skill that makes you less assumptive and thus more likely to identify problems and overcome them. In essence, curiosity drives innovation and advancement.

How will travel make you more curious?

Travel and curiosity have a kind of chicken-and-egg relationship where one feeds into the other; the more curious you are, the more you want to travel, and the more you travel, the more curious you become. Travel broadens your mind and makes you more curious to find out more about the world around you. A study commissioned by Hilton revealed insights into the way we channel our curiosity through travel; it shows that 90% of people travel to learn something new.

How you can heighten your curiosity when travelling

While travelling, seek activities that expand your mind. Try new tastes, visit museums, ask people questions and learn about the places you visit. After you return home from somewhere, don’t stop learning about it; harness the momentum and continue digesting new information from books, films and more. Keep stoking the curious mind.

Read more: Sam writes about how learning about rice farming in Laos heightened her curiosity skills .

13.  Adaptability

Why is adaptability a useful career skill.

The way we work is ever-evolving, and the most adaptable people are those who will thrive. Adaptability empowers you to shift gears onto a different path, or to cope effectively with changes to the path you are on. It equips you to deal with new information and bumps in the road, and thus also makes you a better leader as you have the aptitude to steer the ship in the necessary direction. Adaptability keeps you relevant in a changing world.

How will travel make you more adaptable?

You will constantly face changing situations when travelling. Every place you visit presents a different environment and a fresh set of challenges. The more you move from place to place, the better you become at adjusting to new circumstances. Every day a new curveball will present itself, and so you learn to let things go and move on. Nobody is better equipped to ditch ‘plan A’ than a seasoned traveller.

How you can improve your adaptability when travelling

Slow travel (spending longer periods of time in a destination to explore it thoroughly soak in the environment) is the most conducive to building cultural competence and self-awareness. But to build adaptability, moving more quickly from place to place can be a lot more effective. To get the most out of a long-term trip, build a varied itinerary that incorporates both these styles of travel.

Read more: Mikaela writes about how travel taught her adaptability skills and strengthened her career .

14.  Analytical thinking

Why is analytical thinking a useful career skill.

Analytical thinking enables you to assess situations effectively and prioritise better. Analysing a situation helps you to recognise when something isn’t working out, whether in a particular project or in your overall career, and take action to change course. A good analytical thinker has the ability to step back from a situation and assess, seeing it through different lenses, and considering all aspects rather than just their individual area of work.

How will travel make you a better analytical thinker?

Travel forces you to take a step back and reassess your life from an outside view. This bigger-picture lens helps you to consider different aspects of your life that have become lost among the tunnel vision of your regular routine. Through travel, you come to see the long-term benefits of slowing down and taking stock. You also come to understand how your actions have an impact on the environment around you.

How you can improve your analytical thinking when travelling

Allow space in your travel plans to pause and reflect, even if it’s just an hour or two each day. Use the opportunity to analyse how you have designed your lifestyle at home, or how you approach your work, and then consider you could make adjustments to change it for the better. Ask ‘what’ and ‘why’ questions about the knock-on effects of your actions; exploring this will enable you to make better-informed decisions.

15.  Confidence

Why is confidence a useful career skill.

You might be full of amazing ideas, but they will only ever bear fruit if you can emanate them to other people. Confidence is the ingredient that empowers you to influence and communicate. It is also invaluable for your personal wellbeing and happiness, which in turn make you more effective in your career. Confidence gives you the assertiveness to take decisive action when it is needed, and thus equips you to deal with crises and become a leader.

How will travel make you more confident?

There’s a reason why post-university gap years are considered so valuable for young people, as it helps them to find their independent spirit. But the same qualities can be built at any stage of life. Travel takes you out of your comfort zone and forces you to think on your toes. It gives you freedom to express who you really are and to become comfortable with that.

How you can build your confidence when travelling

Travel provides you with a testing environment to come out of your shell and find comfort in who you are. Most of the people you meet while travelling you are never going to see again, so make the most of it! Sign up for social events or group tours where you can meet people and make connections. Your confidence will grow naturally the more you put yourself into new social situations.

I would never have had the confidence to start my own business if I hadn’t connected with people while travelling who had successfully done it, and realised that I wasn’t really that different to them. Harness your progress and keep moving forward.

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This is a vocabulary and conversation activity for higher levels (high B2+) on the subject of travelling. Download the student handout and powerpoint below:

Holiday Destinations  – Powerpoint

UPDATE: I’ve combined this lesson plan with the “My Ideal Holiday” lesson.

In pairs students discuss the following questions

  • What’s the best place you’ve ever visited?
  • How often do you travel?
  • Do you have any trips planned for the near future?

Travel Expressions

Give out the handout. Have students read the texts and decide who they are most similar to. Let them share their ideas in pairs or small groups and give reasons for their answers.

Meaning Match

Have students match the expressions in bold with the definitions at the bottom.

  • get the travel bug.
  • catch some rays
  • travel light
  • at the crack of dawn
  • savour local delicacies
  • sit and watch the world go by
  • feel right at home
  • experience a culture shock
  • watch one’s back
  • a culture vulture
  • have everything planned out
  • travel on a shoestring
  • see how the mood takes one
  • off the beaten track

Students complete the sentences with the correct expressions:

Students discuss the following questions in groups of 3.

  • Do you travel light ? If so, how do you decide what to pack?
  • You have to watch your back when you’re travelling alone; there are a lot of dangerous people out there. Do you agree?
  • Which place that you’ve visited was the biggest culture shock ? Where did you feel right at home ? Why?
  • Do you normally travel on a shoestring or live it up ? How can you save money while travelling? Would you consider hitchhiking or couchsurfing?
  • Have you got the travel bug ? Have you got itchy feet ? If so, where’s next on the list?
  • Do you like to pack a lot in/have a full plate or see how the mood takes you when you’re travelling?
  • What’s the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by for you?
  • How important is it for you to catch some rays when you’re on holiday?
  • How do you choose a holiday destination? Are you a culture vulture ?

Holiday Destinations Discussion

Project the powerpoint, tell students that they are going to choose a holiday destination in their groups from a number of popular places around the world.

Show them the second slide and have them copy down the different expressions:

Then have students discuss the different holiday destinations in groups and decide on one which the whole group would like to visit.

Students could write a CAE/CPE style Proposal composition about the process of deciding on a holiday destination for the group. They could evaluate the different merits and drawbacks of three of the destinations from the powerpoint and recommend one as the destination for an end of year trip.

Alternatively they could write a review of a holiday to one of the places.

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Good morning. This is an announcement for all passengers travelling on the 9:25 flight TOM1223 to Rome. This flight is delayed by two hours because of bad weather.

Would all passengers travelling to Tokyo on flight FR3421 please have your boarding passes and passports ready for boarding. Flight FR3421 now boarding at gate 21.

This is the final boarding call for passengers Gemma and Ryan Grey flying to Athens on flight EZ9753. Your flight is ready to leave. Please go to gate 14 immediately. The doors of the plane will close in five minutes. Final boarding call for passengers Gemma and Ryan Grey.

This is an announcement for passengers travelling to Amsterdam on flight KL1050. Will all passengers with express boarding tickets and passengers travelling with young children please go to gate 6 for boarding. That's all passengers with express boarding tickets and passengers travelling with young children go to gate 6 for boarding. Thank you.

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  • Do you like travelling?

→ I must admit I’m a travel lover (1) and travelling to a new country is always on top of my todo list every year. Travelling helps me broaden my horizons ( 2) and blow off some steam (3) after strenuous (4) working days.

  • (1) A travel lover /ˈtræv.əl ˈlʌv.ər/ Example: Travel-lovers need to keep living fully
  • ( 2) To broaden my horizons /ˈbrɔː.dən maɪ həˈraɪ.zən/ Example: When I went to university I wanted to broaden my horizons.
  • (3) To blow off some steam /bləʊ ɒf sʌm stiːm/ Example: To blow off some steam, they took archery lessons together.
  • (4) To be strenuous /ˈstren.ju.əs/ Example: His doctor advised him not to do any strenuous exercise
  • How many cities have you travelled to?

→ Probably 6. Last year, during my winter break, I had a chance to travel with a group of my best friends and visited the Northern region of my country. We are also planning to travel overseas next month.

  • What kind of cities do you like to travel to?

→ Since HCMC is usually hot and humid all year round(5) , I would love to visit cities that have cool weather like Da Lat or Sa Pa. Additionally, I also want to get away from the hustle and bustle(6) of the city life, so anywhere which gives me a sense of tranquility (7) would be my kind of city to visit.

  • 5)All year round /ɔːl jɪər raʊnd/ Example: The venue shows movies all year round.
  • (6) To get away from the hustle and bustle Example: We both have busy lives and it’s good to get away from the hustle and bustle.
  • (7) A sense of tranquility Example: I love the sense of tranquility in my hometown.
  • What is the place that left you the deepest impression when travelling?

→ Honestly speaking, it is Sapa. The city has its unique charm and picturesque scenery(8) that takes my breath away (9) just by looking at the photos I took during the trip. This place is definitely worth visiting (10) and words alone are not enough to describe its beauty.

  • (8) Picturesque scenery ˈsiˈ.nˈr.i/ Example: The countryside in this region is very picturesque scenery.
  • (9) To take my breath away (idiom) Example: The beauty of the Taj Mahal took my breath away
  • (10) To be worth visiting Example: Two other sites are eminently worth visiting.

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Whether you're travelling to the islands or the mountains of Thailand, you're likely to spend at least one night in its capital city on the way. Bangkok might be noisy and polluted but it's also an exciting city with plenty of things to see and do. Why not make it a longer stay?

Where to stay

The Khao San Road was a famous traveller spot even before Leonardo di Caprio's character in the film The Beach stayed there. But it's noisy, not very pretty and not very Thai. For something more authentic, Phra Kanong offers an alternative place to stay, with its fantastic street markets where everyday Bangkok people eat, work and live. It's not as convenient for the main tourist sites, but it has a Skytrain station so you can be at the Grand Palace in 20 minutes.

How to get around

Bangkok's traffic can be a nightmare. Sure, you can easily take a taxi – if you want to spend hours stuck in traffic jams – but there are two much better ways to get around the city. To explore the temples and historical sites, catch an express boat river taxi or a longtail boat along the Chao Phraya river and the canals. For the modern part of the city, the Skytrain is a fast, cheap way to travel from the river to the shopping malls and nightlife of Sukhumvit, and the famous Chatuchak street market.

Where to eat

The simple answer is: everywhere! Thai street food is among the best in the world, and for around $5 you can eat a filling and delicious meal. Some food stands have little plastic seats where you can sit and eat and they cook the same dish over and over, like fried chicken on rice or Pad Thai noodles. Head for Chinatown – Yaowarat Street – and choose whatever looks most interesting from the many excellent Chinese and Thai restaurants and food stands.  

After you've seen the main sites like the Giant Buddha at the temple of Wat Pho and the spectacular Grand Palace, and shopped at Chatuchak market, check out the snake farm and watch the live snake show. You can even touch a snake yourself if you want to!

Would you like to visit Bangkok? Why or why not?

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Of Course! I would like to visit Bangkok because I would know the city culture and the traditions. Furthermore, I'm very curious about the local food.

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I would like to visit Bangkok,because this city has plenty excellent place,for example temples.I want to try noodles and fall in love in this city.

Actually I'm a big traveller and I have been in many countries but never in Thailand, by reading this text I'm eager to visit this wonderful country. I hope to taste those delicious foods on a wooden stand of a local market as soon as possible

Actually I live in Bangkok. So I would not answer whether I would like to visit Bangkok or not.

There are many good activities and good stuff in Bangkok. Delicious food, modern shopping place, good transportation, fast internet etc.

Welcome and Enjoy!

I would like to visit Bangkok, Thailand, once in my life. Because I enjoy the cuisine, which is famous for being spicy and tasty. And the culture here is also rich and diverse.

I like Bankcock and all the streets in China but there is a little too much traffic

I would like to visit Bangkok, because I like to travel. I like to see new places, make photos and meet new people. The culture of Thailand is completely different, I hope one day I'll have oportunity to go to Thailand.

Of course, only if the opportunity were given because the place I have wanted to know since I was little is Spain, exactly Ibiza.

Smartly said! I really like visiting this place due to its amazement! There’re a lot of restaurants, clubs.. so it is the dream of any party animal to say:)

Maybe in the future, but not anytime soon. I would like to explore different places like Europe because it's closer and less crowded than Bangkok.

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Prince Harry will travel to the UK in the coming days after learning of his father’s cancer diagnosis.

King Charles personally called Prince Harry to share his cancer diagnosis, which was announced today by Buckingham Palace.

The King, 75, has been diagnosed with an undisclosed cancer and will be undergoing treatment.

Charles reportedly spoke to all of his siblings and children to share the news of his diagnosis.

A source close to Prince Harry said: ‘The duke did speak with his father about his diagnosis. He will be traveling to UK to see His Majesty in the coming days.’

He will fly from California to London while the Duchess of Sussex will stay at home with their two children, Prince Archie, four, and Princess Lilibet, two.

The palace did not specify the type of cancer found, only to rule out that is is prostate cancer. The phrase ‘a form of cancer’ was used.

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Buckingham Palace said in the announcement: ‘The King has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and has begun a schedule of regular treatments, and while he has postponed public duties he “remains wholly positive about his treatment.”

‘His Majesty has today commenced a schedule of regular treatments, during which time he has been advised by doctors to postpone public-facing duties.

‘Throughout this period, His Majesty will continue to undertake State business and official paperwork as usual.

‘The King is grateful to his medical team for their swift intervention, which was made possible thanks to his recent hospital procedure.

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    Home Teaching secondary Lesson plans Secondary lesson plans - Intermediate B1 Round-the-world travellers This lesson offers a variety of activities based on British round-the-world travellers; a cyclist, a running granny and a teenage sailor.

  11. 15 invaluable career skills you can develop while travelling

    Make an active effort to immerse yourself in the places you visit, have conversations with people and learn about the way of life. Try to put yourself in other people's position, and then reflect on how that might impact your point of view. This short TED talk explores what travel can teach you about empathy: 2.

  12. How to Travel Organized: Simple Packing Tips

    Check out this travel packing tips YouTube video.Travel expert Lyn Mettler and I share our best packing tips! Organize Travel Information. I like to use a travel binder to organize all of my travel information like frequent flier numbers, TSA Pre-Check information, etc.. If you have the time and inclination to do so, creating a travel binder to use as a central location for storing all of your ...

  13. Travel and Holidays

    Free English Lessons Online Holidays & Travel - Quizzes, Games & Worksheets Home | Vocabulary | Travel and Holidays | Activities and Worksheets for Beginners and Elementary Learners At The Beach - Picture Vocabulary Word Bank At The Beach - Online Picture Matching Quiz At The Beach - Interactive Crossword Puzzle

  14. Travel ESL Activities Role-Plays Games

    A1-A2 A2 B1 How long does it take? ESL Travel Routines Activity - Speaking: Table Completion, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Sentence Completion - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes In this insightful travel routines speaking activity, students ask and answer questions about how they travel to school.

  15. Travel

    Step 1) First, have your students sit together in pairs and then play the audio once or twice; have them discuss what they heard. Step 2) Then, distribute the worksheet to your learners. Have them work on it independently before comparing their answers with a classmate. Step 3) Elicit and discuss the correct answers. Describing Pictures TRAVEL

  16. Travelling: Expressions and Discussion

    Travel Expressions. Gist task. Give out the handout. Have students read the texts and decide who they are most similar to. Let them share their ideas in pairs or small groups and give reasons for their answers. Meaning Match. Have students match the expressions in bold with the definitions at the bottom.

  17. 553 Travel, Pre-intermediate (A2) English ESL worksheets pdf…

    1015 uses. MinervaMadrid. Travelling. Short texts similar to travelling brochures and a hotel booking conversation. 848 uses. olciablue. Travellers. This is a worksheet about the types of travellers. The text presents different type of travellers who look for various kind of experience during travel.

  18. Travelling abroad

    Check your understanding: typing Worksheets and downloads Travelling abroad - exercises 257.15 KB Travelling abroad - answers 255.43 KB Travelling abroad - transcript 244.84 KB Discussion Tell us about the last time you took a flight somewhere! Language level A2 English level (pre-intermediate) Topics travel holidays Give it 1/5 Give it 2/5

  19. IELTS Speaking Part 1: Topic Travelling

    Topic Travelling Do you like travelling? → I must admit I'm a travel lover (1) and travelling to a new country is always on top of my todo list every year. Travelling helps me broaden my horizons ( 2) and blow off some steam (3) after strenuous (4) working days. (1) A travel lover /ˈtræv.əl ˈlʌv.ər/ Example: Travel-lovers need to keep living fully

  20. A travel guide

    B1 reading A travel guide A travel guide Read a travel guide about Bangkok to practise and improve your reading skills. Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and do the exercises. Reading text Whether you're travelling to the islands or the mountains of Thailand, you're likely to spend at least one night in its capital city on the way.

  21. 24 of the Best Jobs That Let You Travel (With Salary Info)

    12. Travel agent. National average salary: $43,299 per year. Job duties: As a travel agent, you'll work with individuals or groups of people to plan vacations or professional travel. You should have reasonably extensive knowledge about popular travel destinations, as well as schedule planning.

  22. Let´s talk about TRAVEL: English ESL worksheets pdf & doc

    Let´s talk about TRAVEL. PhilipR. 117956. 1509. 1040. 0. 1/1. This worksheet contains 18 conversation cards, an interview box and a hands-on task (drawing 2 flags). The cards can be cut out if desired and be used as conver….

  23. Americans Will Need This New Document For 2025 European Travel

    Starting in 2024, 1.4 billion people—including Americans—will need a special travel authorization to enter the Schengen area of Europe. The restriction is part of an international effort to ...

  24. Prince Harry rushing to UK to visit King Charles after cancer diagnosis

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  25. 44 Travel, Reading for detail (deep reading), Reading Compre…

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