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Travel, Packing, Booking Vocabulary and Dialogs in English

Whether you are going on a short holiday for a few days or planning to travel around various countries for a few months, having a basic understanding of the vocabulary and phrases you might need to use for communication is quite important.

English is a widely spoken language in the majority of countries that welcome tourism, so it would be beneficial to familiarise yourself with some useful phrases before departing.
In addition, if you could find out how to say some basic phrases in the country’s native language, I’m sure the local people there would appreciate your efforts!

Basic phrases in English that you should translate and try to use in the native language of your destination:

               Hello          Goodbye          Please          Thank you          Excuse me          Help

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Booking a holiday

Book: as opposed to the noun (reading material), this verb means to arrange and confirm a place on a flight, a room in a hotel or a ticket for an event in the future.

Depart: to go away or leave, especially on a journey.

Arrive: to reach a place, especially at the end of a journey.

Reservation: an arrangement in which something like a seat on a plane or a table in a restaurant is kept for you.

Destination: the place where someone is going, or something is being sent or taken.

Complimentary: if tickets books or any other items are complimentary, it means they are given free, especially by a business.

All-Inclusive: Including everyone or everything. In holiday terms, this would refer to a hotel deal where the price usually includes accommodation, meals and drinks (any extra activities or facilities would be charged separately).

Travel Agency: a company or shop that makes travel arrangements for people.

Ticket: a small piece of paper or card given to someone, usually to show that they have paid for an event, journey or activity.

Brochure: a type of small magazine that contains pictures and information about a product or a company.

Leaflet: a small piece of paper that gives you information or advertises something.

Last Minute Deals: these are promotions that are advertised at the latest possible time for those who are more spontaneous!

Promotion: publicising a product to increase sales or public awareness.

Package Deal: an offer or agreement involving a number of related items or the acceptance of one being dependent on acceptance of another.

Half-Board: if you request ‘half-board’ at a hotel, breakfast and dinner would be included in the hotel price (as part of the package).

Full-Board: if you request ‘full-board’ at a hotel, that would include all three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in the price of your accommodation.

Self-Catering: if you stay in self-catering accommodation, you would be in a place where you are provided with the facilities to prepare and cook your own meals.

Accommodation: a room or building in which someone may live or stay. Different types of accommodation include apartments, hotels, guesthouses and backpacking hostels.

Vacation: the American term for ‘holiday’.

Camping: the activity of spending a holiday (vacation) living in a tent or campervan.

Backpacking: to travel or hike carrying one’s belongings in a backpack.

Transfer: the act of moving someone or something from one place to another.

Budget Holiday: (adjective) meaning inexpensive. Planning a trip using a minimal amount of money. (Budget – noun) Having a limited amount of money for expenditure:
    ‘We have to keep within the household budget).

Travel Documents: all the necessary documents you would need to take with you on a holiday i.e. passport or ID card, driving license, flight/bus/ train tickets, visa confirmation etc.

Outbound: travelling away from a particular place, usually the first half of a journey.

Inbound: travelling towards a particular place, especially when returning to the original point of departure.

Two-way, Return Ticket (UK), Round Trip (US): a ticket that allows someone to travel to a place and back again.

One-way, Single Ticket: a ticket that allows a passenger to travel only to his/her destination, without returning.

Transport: (verb trans-PORT) to take or carry goods or people from one place to another. (noun TRANS-port) A system or means of conveying people or goods from place to place by means of a vehicle, aircraft or ship.

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Suitcase: a case with a handle and hinged lid, used for carrying clothes and other personal possessions.

Backpack (US), Rucksack (UK): a bag with shoulder straps that allow it to be carried on one’s back.

Currency: a system of money in general use in a particular country.

Appropriate Clothing: suitable or fitting for a particular purpose, person or occasion.

Seasonal: relating to a particular season of the year (Autumn, Winter, Spring or Summer).

Swimwear, Bikini: clothing worn for swimming (bikinis are specifically for women).

Fanny Pack (US), Bum Bag (UK): a small bag used to safely store small valuable items when on holiday. This is usually worn around the waist and can be concealed under one’s clothing.


Travelling to Your Destination

Check-In: the act of reporting one’s presence and registering, typically at an airport or hotel.

Departure Gate: gate where passengers embark.

Airport Terminal: this is a building at an airport, where passengers transfer between ground transportation and the facilities that allow them to board or disembark from an aircraft.

Departure Lounge: a seating area in an airport where passengers wait to board an aircraft or vehicle.

Duty-Free: Items available for purchase that are free of duty or tax charges in a particular country, generally sold at airports.

Ferry: a boat or ship for conveying passengers or goods, especially over a relatively short distance and as a regular service.

Take Off: (of an aircraft or bird) becoming airborne.

Board: to get on or into (a ship, aircraft or other vehicle).

Passport Check, Security Checkpoint: a barrier or manned entrance typically at a border of a country where travellers are subject to security checks.

Overweight: baggage weighing in excess of the allowed amount.

Destination: the place to which someone or something is going or being sent.

Window Seat: a seat positioned next to a window on a large vehicle or aircraft.

Aisle Seat: a seat positioned beside the walkway on a large vehicle or aircraft.


Arriving at Your Destination

Landing: an instance of coming or bringing something to land, either from the air or from water.

Customs: the place at a seaport, airport or frontier where officials check incoming goods, travellers or luggage.

Baggage Collection Point, Baggage Reclaim, Baggage Claim Area: an area where arriving passengers claim checked-in baggage after disembarking from an airline flight.

Nothing to Declare: exiting the airport at a gate where you state that you do not have any goods where duty is payable or that need checking whether entry into the country is permitted.

Credit Card: a small plastic card provided by a bank or company which gives you access to money that you will need to pay back within an agreed time limit.

Debit Card: a small plastic card provided by your bank which gives you access to money that you already have in your bank account.

Porter: a member of staff in a hotel who assists guests with carrying their luggage.

Alarm: something to help you wake up at an appropriate time, this could be a sound notification on your smartphone or a telephone call from staff if you are staying in a hotel.

Room Service: requesting food, drinks or other services to be delivered to your hotel room.

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Asking for Help

Catching someone’s attention:

Excuse me, could I ask you a quick question please?
Excuse me, sorry to bother you but could you help me please?
Hello sir/miss, …
Sorry sir/miss, …
Excuse me, do you speak English?

Asking for information:

You wouldn’t happen to know where … is, would you?
I’m trying to find the …
I need to get to the …
How can I get to the …?
Do you know where the … is?
Where is the nearest …?
I’m a little lost, where is the …?

Asking for information:

You wouldn’t happen to know where … is, would you?
I’m trying to find the …
I need to get to the …
How can I get to the …?
Do you know where the … is?
Where is the nearest …?
I’m a little lost, where is the …?

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