Road Trips!

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on February 26, 2023 and last updated on May 14, 2023

Engaging in conversation practice about “road trips” can be an excellent conversation topic for ESL learners to help improve their overall level of English. Discussions about road trips require the use of a variety of vocabulary related to transportation, travel and navigation, making it an ideal context for language learning.

Talking about road trips can provide opportunities for learners to improve their listening and speaking skills, as they may need to understand directions, ask for recommendations, or share their own experiences. Overall, discussing road trips as a conversation topic for ESL learners can be a stimulating and practical way to enhance their language proficiency.

What is a Road Trip?

A road trip typically involves traveling a long distance by car, with the purpose of exploring and experiencing different destinations along the way. For example, a group of friends may decide to take a road trip across the United States, starting from the east coast and ending on the west coast.

During this trip, they may stop at various cities and towns, visit national parks, and discover hidden gems off the beaten path. Along the journey, they may encounter unexpected challenges, such as getting lost or experiencing car troubles, but they will also create unforgettable memories and bonding experiences.

Road trips can be a fun and exciting way to see new places, learn about different cultures, and connect with friends and family while enjoying the journey as much as the destination.

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.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • Adventurous (adjective)
  • Break down (phrasal verb)
  • Memorable (adjective)
  • Set off (phrasal verb)
  • Route (noun)
  • Adventure (adjective)
  • Stressful (adjective)
  • Hit the road (phrase)

Conversation Questions

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  • Have you ever been on a road trip? If so, where did you go and who did you go with?
  • What do you think are the good and bad things about going on a road trip?
  • What are some essential items that you would bring with you on a road trip?
  • Do you thing everyone needs to take a road trip at least once in their lifetime?
  • What are some popular road trip routes or destinations in your country?
  • Have you ever gotten lost on a road trip? How did you find your way back?
  • What is your favorite thing about road trips?
  • Do you think road trips are a good way to explore a new country? Why or why not?
  • Do you think it's better to travel alone or with friends/family on a road trip?
  • Should people be allowed to camp anywhere they want during a road trip?
  • Would you say it's better to have a detailed itinerary or to be flexible and spontaneous on a road trip?
  • Should people be allowed to sleep in their car during a road trip?
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.