The Reading / Listening - Ultimate Travel List - Level 2

A travel company has released its list of the best places on Earth to visit. The Lonely Planet's "Ultimate Travel List" ranks 500 must-see places. It is the second time this list of unmissable places has been issued. The company said its guide is, "designed to be a companion to your armchair travels...to refuel your wanderlust". It added that the book, "features more than 200 new destinations in a picture-perfect wish-list." Lonely Planet said: "The list contains a mix of knock-out new...sights that have upped their game, or places more relevant to the way we travel now."



The number-one travel destination is the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. The guide said Petra was a "treasured" UNESCO Heritage Site. It said the city was, "once nearly lost to the outside world" but "is now one of the most loved places on the planet". It said travellers can, "rediscover the city's eternal air of mystery in the early morning...when it's at its most atmospheric". The Galapagos Islands was second on the list; the spectacular sandstone monolith Uluru in Australia was third. Lonely Planet says the book has something for everyone in every corner of the world.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Ultimate Travel List - Level 0 Ultimate Travel List - Level 1   or  Ultimate Travel List - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/ultimate-travel-list-release-2020
  • https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/lonely-planet-ultimate-travel-list-2020/index.html
  • https://www.foxnews.com/travel/lonely-planet-second-edition-ultimate-travel-list


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. its list of the best
  2. 500 must-
  3. this list
  4. a companion to your
  5. more than 200 new
  6. destinations in a picture-
  7. sights that have upped
  8. the way we
  1. of unmissable places
  2. destinations
  3. armchair travels
  4. travel now
  5. places on Earth
  6. their game
  7. see places
  8. perfect wish-list

Paragraph 2

  1. the ancient
  2. lost to the outside
  3. one of the most loved
  4. rediscover the city's eternal air
  5. in the
  6. The Galapagos Islands was
  7. the book has something
  8. in every corner
  1. of mystery
  2. for everyone
  3. early morning
  4. places on the planet
  5. of the world
  6. city of Petra
  7. second on the list
  8. world

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A travel company has released (1) ___________________ the best places on Earth to visit. The Lonely Planet's "Ultimate Travel List" ranks 500 (2) ___________________. It is the second time this list of unmissable places has been issued. The company said its guide is, "designed to (3) ___________________ to your armchair travels...to refuel your wanderlust". It added that the book, "(4) ___________________ 200 new destinations in a picture-perfect wish-list." Lonely Planet said: "The list (5) ___________________ of knock-out new...sights that have upped their game, or places more (6) ___________________ way we travel now."

The number-one travel destination is (7) ___________________ of Petra in Jordan. The guide said Petra was a "treasured" UNESCO Heritage Site. It said the city was, "(8) ___________________ to the outside world" but "is now one of the (9) ___________________ on the planet". It said travellers can, "rediscover the city's eternal (10) ___________________ in the early morning...when it's at its most atmospheric". The Galapagos Islands (11) ___________________ the list; the spectacular sandstone monolith Uluru in Australia was third. Lonely Planet says the book has something for everyone (12) ___________________ of the world.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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eLonelyPlanet's"UltimateTravelList"ranks500must-seeplaces.Itisth
esecondtimethislistofunmissableplaceshasbeenissued.Thecompan
ysaiditsguideis,"designedtobeacompaniontoyourarmchairtravels...
torefuelyourwanderlust".Itaddedthatthebook,"featuresmorethan2
00newdestinationsinapicture-perfectwish-list."LonelyPlanetsaid:
"Thelistcontainsamixofknock-outnew...sightsthathaveuppedtheirg
ame,orplacesmorerelevanttothewaywetravelnow."Thenumber-on
etraveldestinationistheancientcityofPetrainJordan.TheguidesaidPet
rawasa"treasured"UNESCOHeritageSite.Itsaidthecitywas,"oncenea
rlylosttotheoutsideworld"but"isnowoneofthemostlovedplacesonthe
planet".Itsaidtravellerscan,"rediscoverthecity'seternalairofmystery
intheearlymorning...whenit'satitsmostatmospheric".TheGalapagos
Islandswassecondonthelist;thespectacularsandstonemonolithUluru
inAustraliawasthird.LonelyPlanetsaysthebookhassomethingforever
yoneineverycorneroftheworld.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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