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Travelling

Travelling in Russia

Questions for discussion:

  1. How often do you travel in Russia? As a domestic tourist, what do you prefer to see (nature, historical sites, cities)?  
  2. What are some of the most interesting places that you have been in the country? What are your most memorable experiences? What are some places you haven’t seen but would like to see and why?
  3. Do you plan to travel anywhere within the country in this coming year?

Holidays and Travel

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you like holidays?
  2. What holidays do you celebrate?
  3. What holidays do you really look forward to?
  4. Are there holidays in other countries or religions that you wish were also celebrated in your country?

Will Virtual Reality Remove The Need For Travel?

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Would you ever take a virtual vacation?

VIRTUAL REALITY TECHNOLOGY is changing, and fast. Soon to hit the market, Oculus Rift is a virtual reality headset which is worn like a pair of oversized goggles and, while still being refined, is already available to the public. Made to connect to computers and mobile devices, it gives users a 3D experience and allows them to feel like they’re walking around inside a virtual world.

Human wonders/Supernatural things

Questions for discussion:

Travelling (new)

Questions for discussion:

  1. Where would you like to travel and why?
  2. Do you think travelling is important for personal growth? If yes, can you please give an example of how a travelling experience made you grow as a person?
  3. Describe the way you travel, do you plan ahead or do you do it spontaneously?

Countries

Questions for discussion: 

  1. What country would you like to visit?
  2. What country would you like to live in and why?
  3. What country would you like to work in?
  4. What country has the most interesting customs?
  5. What country would be fun to work in?

The worst tourists in the world, Part II

  1. Who do you think are the worst tourists in the world? Where do you think Russians would rank in the list of the world’s worst tourists? Are you good or bad tourists?
  2. How do most Russians behave in foreign countries?  Do they find it easy to adapt? Are they good at mixing with the locals?  
  3. Are you as a tourist guilty of any behaviors below? Which behaviors (when demonstrated by other tourists) do you find annoying:
    • obsessive photography 

Travelling

People travel for many different reasons. For holidays, for business, to move permanently, to gain further insight into the world, for self development, and then some people are travellers (more impolitely known as, gypsies). Their lives are constantly moving as they travel in a mobile home from place to place. Tonight we will discuss many aspects of travelling.

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you go travelling, if so, for which purposes?
  2. Do you enjoy travelling, or is it just a necessity, e.g for work?

Beach

Questions for discussion:

  1. What do people do at the beach? was the last time you went to the beach? Where did you go?
  2. Have you ever been night-swimming? Are there any problems with jellyfish, sharks or stonefish at your local beach?
  3. Have you ever played sports on the beach? Which sports have you played?
  4. Have you ever collected seashells? Can you describe a shell that you have collected?What did you do with the shells that you collected?
  5. Have you ever been fishing on the beach?

Human Settlement on Mars: Mars One Mission

Questions for discussion:

  1. For some people it is better to lose a leg than live forever on a hostile planet. Current technology can provide you with only one-way trip to Mars. Will you agree on that? On what conditions may you possibly agree to go?
  2. Will you donate to Mars One Mission? How much are you ready to donate? If not, who do you think should sponsor this program? Is this program important for mankind and for you personally?
  3. In your opinion in what year is it possible to deliver selected team to Mars and make a settlement there?

Space Exploration By Humans

Questions for discussion:

  1. What in your opinion are the main reasons for space exploration:
    • Science development, testing of new technologies;
    • General human interest to find another leaving creatures;
    • Military purposes, space borders protections from invaders;
    • To find new planet that will be suitable to settle on after possible catastrophe on Earth;

Airplanes

Questions for discussion:

  1. How old were you when you went on your first flight? Where did you go?
  2. Do you like to travel by airplane? What was the longest flight you have ever taken?
  3. What are the advantages of traveling by airplane? What are the disadvantages?
  4. What seat do you prefer: window, center or aisle? What are three things you're supposed to do before the flight takes off?
  5. What do you like to do during the flight? Does the plane provide anything to do to pass the time?

Living abroad

Questions for discussion:

World's Worst Tourists

Reading:

This just in: As the news breaks that British of all stripes celebrated last week's royal wedding by evacuating the country and enjoying a jolly holiday abroad, a new poll's been released that, I'm sorry to say, ranks U.K. travelers the "World's Worst Tourists."

Hitchhiking

Questions for discussion:

  1. What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘hitchhiking’?
  2. Have you ever hitched a ride?
  3. Is hitchhiking common in your country?
  4. Have you ever picked up or would you ever pick up a hitchhiker?
  5. What country would you like to hitchhike across?
  6. What is the best way to get a ride?
  7. What safety precautions should you take when hitchhiking?
  8. How safe or dangerous is hitchhiking in your country?
  9. Do you think hitchhiking is a fun way to travel around?

Travelling

Questions for discussion:

  1. What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘travel’?
  2. Do you like travelling?
  3. What is travelling for you? Is it an education or something easy?
  4. Would you like to travel in space or to the moon?
  5. What different kinds of travelling are there?
  6. What’s the best place you’ve ever been to?
  7. What are the good and bad things about travelling?
  8. Where do you want to travel to before you die?
  9. Is it better to travel or to arrive?

Vacation

1)Did you meet any interesting people in vacation? Can you tell me about them.
2)Did you notice any cross-cultural differences during your vacation?
3)How do you feel after a long vacation?How many days was your vacation?
4)Did you encounter any problems during your vacation?How did you resolve them?
5)In what ways did you obtain real satisfaction when you were on vacation?
6)Was the place you went to very different from where you live?What were the women like?What were the men like?Were people friendly?Did you stay in a hotel?What was the daily rate?

Travelling

Reading Passage:

Before I go on vacation, I always plan my trip. First I usually look at books or go online to read about possible places to go. Then, I look at how much it would cost to travel to different places. If I'm going by plane, then I have to compare prices to fly on different airlines. If I'm traveling by train, then I have to look into train tickets. I also need to find a hotel. I don't mind staying at cheap hotels. Finally, I try to budget money for meals and going to places for sightseeing. If I plan carefully, I usually have a good time.

Why do we love travelling

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Anyone can travel. And it’s our (okay biased) opinion that everyone SHOULD travel. Travel has a way of speaking to you, opening your eyes and changing you from the inside out. You can use travel to relax, to see the world, to connect with others who share your passion or to just have adventure, all the while creating a pastiche of experiences and memories to cherish as you grow older. You might be traveling to visit family or friends, for work, because you’re relocating, volunteering, sight-seeing or to simply relax on a beach somewhere to get away from it all. These things are specific to you and your own personal vision for your life.

Holidays and Travel

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

Questions for discussion:

  1. Where do you usually go on holiday? What is your plan for this summer?
  2. Do you prefer seaside resorts or some other kinds of travels?
  3. Are you a freewheeling holidaymaker or you usually purchase tours or accommodation?

Round the world

Questions for discussion:

  1. What types of traveling do you know? Which of them have you tried?
  2. Why do people travel? What are your reasons?
  3. How do you choose a place to go to? Do you get prepared for a trip (read guidebooks, find the information in the internet, talk to people who have been there, etc.)?
  4. What is the best/worst place you’ve ever visited? Why?

Travelling

Questions for discussion:

  1. What part of life is reserved for travelling? Does it mean much for you?
  2. Where have you been?
  3. Which way of travelling suits you? (trip across ancient places, beach rest, cruise, extreme journey, expeditions, excursion in groups, business trip…)
  4. What was the most extraordinary trip in your life?
  5. Can the possibility of travelling influence upon your career choice?
  6. What are the crucial positive and negative results of global travelling boom?

Travelling

Author: Elena

Questions for discussion:

~Do you like to travel?

~How often do you travel?

~Do you prefer to travel across our country or abroad? Why?

~Which place did you visit last? Why? Tell a story about it.

~Which place did you like best of all? Why? Tell a story about it.

~Which do you prefer more: sightseeing or lying on the beach? Why?

~Other kinds of tourism - mountain climbing, bicycle riding etc.

Round the World

Questions for discussion:

  1. What types of traveling do you know? Which of them have you tried?
  2. Why do people travel? What are your reasons?
  3. How do you choose a place to go to? Do you get prepared for a trip (read guidebooks, find the information in the internet, talk to people who have been there, etc.)?
  4. What is the best/worst place you’ve ever visited? Why?
  5. Did all your expectations about visiting this or that place come true?
  6. What about stereotypes? Did they prove to be correct? Give the examples

The Spirit of Moscow

Questions for discussion:

~What is the Moscow for you?

~Imagine that your foreign guests came to Moscow for 1 or 2 days. What places would you show to them?

~Do you like the new changes in architecture of Moscow? What do you think about new monuments in Moscow?

~What is your favorite poem, novel or song about Moscow?

~Do you know any legends about Moscow streets, monuments, buildings or other places?

Spirit of St.Petersburg

Questions for discussion:

~ What is St. Petersburg for you? (The second capital; The cultural capital; The North Venice; The grey and rainy town; The Dostoevsky`s place)

~ Has St. Petersburg a chance to become the official capital of Russia?

~ Why thousands of tourists go to the town with not a good climate?

~ What are your favorite places in St. Petersburg?

Photography

Questions for discussion:

~ Are you a photographer? Do you take your camera everywhere you go?
~ Do you make casual photos or prepare a scene before making a picture?
~ Do you have a photograph album? What kinds of pictures are there?
~ What do you prefer v to photograph or to pose?

Traveling

Questions for discussion:

~Do you like to travel?
~How often do you travel?
~Do you prefer to travel across our country or abroad? Why?
~Which place did you visit last? Why? Tell a story about it.
~Which place did you like best of all? Why? Tell a story about it.
~Which do you prefer more: sightseeing or lying on the beach? Why?
~Other kinds of tourism v mountain climbing, bicycle riding etc.

The country of your dream

Questions for discussion:

~ If you had to choose a country for traveling, what would prefer?
~ Why do you like this country? Because of
Customs and culture
History
Climate or geographical position
Some exotic adventures
National character
~ Imagine you choose a country for living. What would it be? Why?
~ Let`s turn to reality: you`re living in Russia. Are you satisfied?

Welcome adventure to your life

Questions for discussion:

~ How would you define the word ``adventure``:
A risky undertaking
An unusual or suspenseful experience
A business venture
An exciting and often dangerous thing to do
An unusual and stirring experience
~ Do you think that adventure always means something positive?
~ Is there any event in your life which you consider to be a true adventure?
~ What impact do adventures have in your life?

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