Holiday Abroad or In Your Own Country

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 19, 2020 and last updated on July 12, 2023

The topic of holidaying abroad or in one’s own country serves as an excellent conversation starter for English learners, offering numerous benefits to enhance their language skills. Engaging in discussions about travel preferences encourages learners to express their opinions, compare different destinations and justify their choices using descriptive language. This topic also provides an opportunity to expand vocabulary related to travel, tourism and cultural experiences.

Exploring the pros and cons of holidaying abroad or in one’s own country allows English learners to practice expressing preferences, debating and developing their fluency, ultimately helping them improve their communication abilities.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Holiday Abroad or In Your Own Country

When it comes to planning a vacation, one often faces the choice between a holiday abroad or exploring their own country. Each option offers distinct advantages and considerations. Embarking on a holiday abroad promises the allure of unfamiliar cultures, breathtaking landscapes and the excitement of venturing into the unknown. On the other hand, vacationing within one’s own country allows for a deeper connection with local traditions, historical sites and a chance to appreciate the hidden gems that might have been overlooked. Whether choosing to broaden horizons or rediscover one’s roots, the decision between a holiday abroad or in one’s own country presents a delightful dilemma of exploration and self-discovery.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • holiday (noun)
  • vacation (noun)
  • relax (verb)
  • abroad (adjective)
  • culture (noun)
  • currency (noun)
  • travel (verb)
  • trip (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • Have you ever been on a holiday abroad? If yes, where did you go and what was your experience like?
  • Where do you usually go on holiday?
  • What are some advantages of holidaying in your own country?
  • What are some advantages of holidaying abroad?
  • Where would be your ideal holiday location?
  • What factors would you consider when choosing between a holiday abroad and a holiday in your own country?
  • Why do you think some people prefer to go on holiday abroad?
  • Why do you think some people prefer to go on holiday in their own country?
  • Do you think it's important to explore other countries and cultures, or is it enough to explore your own country?
  • What are some popular tourist attractions in your own country that you would recommend to visitors?
  • Are there any specific destinations abroad that you would love to visit? Why?
  • Should everyone be encouraged to travel abroad at least once in their lifetime?
  • Does a holiday abroad offer more opportunities for personal growth and development compared to a holiday in your own country?
  • Is it important for children to experience different cultures through travel, or can they gain similar benefits by exploring their own country?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.