The Perfect Holiday

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on February 11, 2022 and last updated on July 22, 2023

The topic of “The Perfect Holiday” captivates English learners, inviting them to explore their ideal travel experiences and articulate their desires effectively. Engaging in discussions about dream destinations, preferred activities and cultural immersion enhances vocabulary, fluency and descriptive abilities.

This exploration empowers learners to confidently express their travel preferences, plan itineraries and engage in storytelling about their dream vacations.

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.

People love going on holiday and people also love talking about holidays, whether it be holidays they have been on in the past or future holidays they are looking forward to. Although everyone enjoys going on holiday, not everybody likes to do the same thing or go to the same places.

In fact, what many people consider a great holiday, others would consider it a nightmare! For example what a group of youngsters going on holiday without their parents for the first time want is likely to be very different to what a family with young children are looking for in a perfect holiday destination.

Useful Vocabulary

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

  • can’t stand (somebody/something) (phrase)
  • Importance (noun)
  • make the most of (phrase)
  • when it comes to (phrase)
  • destination (noun)
  • preference (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • What has been your favourite holiday?
  • Tell me about an enjoyable holiday you had when you were a child.
  • Where do people usually go on holiday in your country?
  • Where did you last go on holiday?
  • Do you prefer to go on holiday with friends or family?
  • What are your favourite activities to do during your ideal holiday?
  • Would you rather go on holiday on your own country or abroad?
  • How important is the weather when planning the perfect holiday?
  • What are some must-have items you would pack for your perfect holiday?
  • What would be your ideal holiday destination?
  • What has been your worst holiday? Why?
  • Is there a particular part of the world you would like to visit?
  • Is there any place in the world you wouldn't want to go at all?
  • Should the perfect holiday focus on relaxation and leisure or be filled with adventure and exploration?
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.