Modern Travel English You Need to Know
Do you travel for fun or for business? If yes, you’ve probably noticed how much travel has changed over the last 10 years and that means our language has changed as well. Sometimes you might feel stuck looking for the right words to use for modern travel needs. So let’s get a closer look at the modern travel English you need to know.
Here are just a few things that are new-ish in travel:
- Security checks at airports take longer and can be stressful but at least we have better in-flight entertainment
- We want free WIFI so we can use email, social media, and map apps anywhere we go
- In addition to hotels and resorts, we can also rent someone’s home or apartment or we can house sit for our vacation
- We can review menus online and use restaurant apps to find the best local, authentic cuisine or just get something delivered to our vacation apartment
So what language are English speakers using today to handle all these desires? That’s exactly what you’re going to learn today! In today’s Confident English lesson, you’ll learn what to say for airline travel, dealing with wifi, staying in touch with people you meet, and more.
And be sure to review the challenge questions I have below. It’s a great opportunity to practice some of the new vocabulary you learn.
What you need to know to travel with confidence in English.
Lesson by Annemarie
If you’ve enjoyed this lesson, be sure to check out my additional lessons on travel English:
5 Easy Small Talk Questions to Start a Conversation about Travel
Talking about Adventure Travel in English
Learn to Tell Your Travel Story in English with Advanced Vocabulary
Challenge Questions for Modern Travel English Practice
Now that you’ve watched the video, let’s practice! I’ve got two challenge questions for you:
- Choose 2-3 new words you learned in the video. Share a story about a travel experience you had using those words.
- In English, we say, ‘travel broadens the mind.’ In other words, when you travel you learn new things about the world, the people and places you see; you become more open-minded. Do you agree? Why?
I would love to hear from you! Be sure to share your thoughts, comments, and questions in the comment section below.
Finally, if you have a question about travel English or if you’ve heard a really great expression, I’d love to know about it! Share with me below.
Have a fantastic Confident English Wednesday!
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Q.1 [Ans] I want to share a story about my sister. Recently she planned a London trip from Spain. she discuss her idea with her friend there. Her friend was so happy and said nice to hear this.where you will stay in London? Let me tell you that I’m going to my home land for a month. so if you want you can house sit here. so my sister accept her proposal.and now a days she is living there. she needed her friend’s wifi password for her phone . and she asked her please will you reboot your code? I… Read more »
Great work using some of these new language in the lesson, Farzana! And I totally agree with you — travel opens our eyes (and minds) to so much!
Hi Annemarie, my last vacation was last month in NY city, my first time to the big apple…I was very excited I found the town very beautifull and big (but everything in USA is big) but…quite impossible for me to speck with people, because they speak too fast and I get stuck …… One dayi was near central park and I asked someone : where can i try some really american food??? She write down the address of un Italian restaurant……….I coudn’t explain that i’m italian and i dont want to eat italian a NY!!!!!! I know i need to… Read more »
Awesome! I’m so glad you got to visit NYC but what a funny experience about the restaurant recommendation. I hope you were able to find something more American and traditional.
I’m so glad the lesson was helpful. I enjoyed your story about your vacation! Thanks for sharing.
Hi Annemarie. Please confirm to me if starting my comment with a “Hi Annemarie.” is totally correct, I hope so. Yes, I completely agree that travel “broaden minds” but I’m afraid that these days people travel too much fast to enjoy the things you mention. Another problem is language, you miss a lot if you can’t interact with natives, at the hotel, restaurants, markets, with people in general. Finally, if you master any language, in my case “I’d loved master English”, you could travel through the internet, study anything in Universities, read books, watch movies. documentaries, connect with people, around… Read more »
Hi Annemarie I’ll be traveling to Japan next month and I’m not used to new technologies, but you have mentioned some points that are interesting, apart from accommodations you suggest the use of your mobile phone to get some information, sites to eat or visit and then you need an app, my question is Is enough to use Google Maps or perhaps I might find another app? Another question is: to make international calls is cheaper to buy a local sim-card. I have this experience in New York a few years ago but I bought a card that had a… Read more »
Thank you for your comments and question. There are many apps that can be helpful when traveling. Google Maps is one of them. You could also look for map applications that are “offline,” which means you don’t need to use the Internet to use them.
As for SIM cards, this is different in every country, so I can’t make a recommendation for Japan. However, asking at your hotel is a great idea.
Yes, you can certainly say “Hi, Annemarie.” 🙂
You’ve shared some interesting points. I think you’re right that sometimes we miss some wonderful moments while traveling because we try to do too much or we spend time sharing on social media instead of enjoying the moment.
And I absolutely agree that we can ‘travel’ in other ways such as reading. Great points!!
Hi! I just got back from my vacation in Florida! Two weeks I was in the nicest place in the world in Florida. The first five days I traveled to Marco Island. I was delighted with the color of the ocean that was green and white sand. I got a tan and I enjoyed the beach. In the last five days I’ve travelled to Miami and Clearwater Beach. I caught the most amazing sunsets and I was very excited about the view. Now, I’m nervous because in 2 days I’ll go back to my work and I’ll talk to my… Read more »
Wow! That sounds like an amazing vacation. Miami is definitely a great place to visit. I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip and I loved your sentence, “I was delighted with the color of the ocean…” Beautifully said. I have no doubt that you’ll be able to talk about it with your colleagues. 🙂
When I traveled to Israel in the year 2000, I did it alone. In the chairs next to me there was a father an his son, the stewardess thought that we were a family and I ate the same food because I didn´t know how to say: Do you have a menu I can look at? jajaja.
Thanks for sharing your story. Looking back, it’s a humorous story but I’m sure it was a little frustrating at the time. I’m glad you’ve got the language you need now to avoid that in the future. 🙂