~ Lesson Procedures ~


1) To begin with, as a class, in groups or in pairs study and talk about sections one and two.


2) Then, select the questions you¡¯d like to talk about from section one or from more questions.


3) After that, share your ideas in your conversations. Take equal turns.


4) Finally, make your own questions and create discussion.

~ Dialog ~ Topic 23 ~ Travel ~ Choose the questions you like ~


1) Have you ever been abroad? Where have you traveled? Share your stories.

Yes. We travelled to China and visited the Great Wall about 20 years ago. Our driver

Was North Korean. We had lunch together. We also flew a kite while hiking the wall.


2) Where have you travelled in your own country? What are your favorite places?

The best day trip I¡¯ve ever taken was from San Francisco to Monterey along highway 1

in California. The sea is emerald and the views are spectacular. Just look out for fires.


3) Who do you like travelling with? Do you like travelling alone? Tell a tale.

Travelling alone can be liberating, a real adventure. But travelling with a companion

may be more rewarding. Seeing wonderful things together confirms the experience.


4) Have you ever met someone on your travels? Are you still in touch? Tell.

Yes, while travelling in northern Thailand, I met a friend who worked at our hotel¡¯s

front desk. He invited us to his home in the country. Unfortunately, we lost touch.


5) Have you ever been in a difficult or dangerous situation while traveling?

Yes. While I was travelling in Mumbai on my own, I stopped in a restaurant and had

a few beers. I put my passport in my travel guide. I got back from the loo. It was gone.


6) Have you ever taken a package tour? Was it fun? Talk about it.

Unfortunately, we once took a bus tour in Malaysia. The driver was very strict. At a rest

stop, we ate some noodles. Out the window, the bus was leaving. We had to run to catch it.


7) Do you agree with the proverb, ¡°When in Rome, do as the Romans do¡±?

No. That would mean being arrested by police or being beaten up by thugs¡¦ Seriously,

I think that proverb simply means behave well while you are visiting another culture.


8) What are your favorite things to do when you travel?

Good hotels, good people, and dining out. In any order. That translates as a big pool,

great service, and superb cuisine. In any order. R and R (rest and relaxation) does it.


9) Do you like the famous sites or prefer ¡°off the beaten track¡±?

It depends. For example, if you go to Cambodia, you must visit Angkor Wat. But, if you

travel to Paris, maybe you can skip the Eiffel Tower. There is a balance in choice/quality.


10) Where do you want to go the next time you travel?

I want to visit more places in my own country. It seems to me we could search out all the

wonders of the world and miss out on what¡¯s near us. So many places, so little time.



                        More questions/Free Talk ~ the original 25 questions ~



~ Topic 23 ~ Travel ~ FooD 4 ThoughT ~ Internet ~


Travel is the movement of people between distant geographical locations. Travel can be done by foot, bicycle, automobile, train, boat, bus, airplane, ship or other means, with or without luggage, and can be one way or round trip. Travel can also include relatively short stays between successive movements.


Motives for travel include:



Discovery and exploration

Getting to know other cultures

Taking personal time for building interpersonal relationships.





1) ¡°Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.¡± – Mark Twain


2) ¡°The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.¡± – St. Augustine


3) ¡°There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.¡± – Robert Louis Stevenson


4) ¡°A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think

       you control it.¡± – John Steinbeck


5) ¡°One¡¯s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.¡± – Henry Miller


6) ¡°A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.¡± – Moslih Eddin Saadi


7) ¡°Tourists don¡¯t know where they¡¯ve been, travelers don¡¯t know

       where they¡¯re going.¡± – Paul Theroux


8) ¡°A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.¡± – Lao Tzu


9) ¡°Not all those who wander are lost.¡± – J. R. R. Tolkien


10) ¡°Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between

         man and the universe.¡± – Anatole France




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