The Reading / Listening - Ultimate Travel List - Level 3

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



Top of the list and the number-one travel destination is the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. The guide said: "The treasured UNESCO Heritage Site of Petra is the must-see ultimate experience on our list. Once nearly lost to the outside world, the sandstone city is now one of the most loved places on the planet." It recommended readers, "rediscover the city's eternal air of mystery in the early morning or in the hours before closing when it's at its most atmospheric". The Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador was second on the list, with the spectacular sandstone monolith Uluru in Australia being third. Lonely Planet says the book has something for everyone in every corner of the world.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Ultimate Travel List - Level 0 Ultimate Travel List - Level 1   or  Ultimate Travel List - Level 2

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


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. TRAVEL: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about travel. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       travel / guidebook / bucket list / experiences / companion / armchair / destinations /
       ancient / treasured / ultimate / planet / eternal / mystery / atmospheric / coast / book
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PETRA: Students A strongly believe Petra is the world's top travel destination; Students B strongly believe it isn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. BUCKET LIST: What is on your bucket list for these things? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What?

Why?

Travel

 

 

Hobby

 

 

Food

 

 

House

 

 

Friends

 

 

English

 

 

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5. LIST: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "list". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. TOP DESTINATIONS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best destinations at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Petra
  • The Pyramids
  • The Taj Mahal
  • New York City
  • The Himalayas
  • Stonehenge
  • Mount Fuji
  • Machu Picchu

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. released a. A book that provides information about a particular subject.
      2. ultimate b. Put someone or something in order on a list or best to worst.
      3. rank c. Being the best or most extreme example of its kind.
      4. bucket list d. Good for the current time, period, or circumstances.
      5. companion e. Made a movie, recording, book, etc. available for general viewing or purchase.
      6. brilliance f. A number of things a person hopes to do in their lifetime.
      7. relevant g. Being amazingly great.

    Paragraph 2

      8. destination h. Advised or suggested something as a course of action.
      9. ancient i. The part of the land near the sea; the edge of the land.
      10. treasured j. Creating a special mood, usually of romance, mystery, etc.
      11. recommended k. Very, very, very old.
      12. atmospheric l. Beautiful in a dramatic and eye-catching way.
      13. coast m. A place that people will make a special trip to visit.
      14. spectacular n. Highly valued.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A guidebook has listed 500 places for lonely people.     T / F
  2. The article suggested people add some of the places to their bucket list.  T / F
  3. There are 200 new places in the second edition of the travel guide.     T / F
  4. Lonely Planet said its guide included places that have many games.     T / F
  5. The top destination on the list was in Jordan.     T / F
  6. The guide suggested visiting the top site at lunchtime.     T / F
  7. The Galapagos Islands was second on the list of 500 places.     T / F
  8. Lonely Planet said there are four corners in the world.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. released
  2. ultimate
  3. companion
  4. mix
  5. relevant
  6. ancient
  7. treasured
  8. recommended
  9. eternal
  10. spectacular
  1. advised
  2. everlasting
  3. very old
  4. guide
  5. cherished
  6. issued
  7. impressive
  8. greatest
  9. combination
  10. related

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. 500 of the must-see places to
  2. 200 new destinations in a picture-
  3. The list contains a mix of knock-
  4. sights that have upped
  5. places more relevant to the way
  6. the number-one travel
  7. the must-see ultimate
  8. rediscover the city's eternal
  9. the book has something
  10. in every
  1. destination
  2. corner of the world
  3. add to your bucket list
  4. experience on our list
  5. out new openings
  6. air of mystery
  7. their game
  8. for everyone
  9. we travel now
  10. perfect wish-list

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
companion
ranked
must
unmissable
relevant
released
features
bucket

A travel guidebook company has (1) _____________________ its list of the best places on Earth to visit. It is the Lonely Planet's "Ultimate Travel List". It ranks 500 of the (2) _____________________-see places to add to your (3) _____________________ list. It is only the second time this list of (4) _____________________ travel experiences has been issued. The guidebook company said its guide is, "designed to be a (5) _____________________ to your armchair travels or the tool to refuel your wanderlust". It added that the book, "(6) _____________________ more than 200 new destinations in a picture-perfect wish-list, each (7) _____________________ in order of brilliance." Lonely Planet said: "The list contains a mix of knock-out new openings, sights that have upped their game, or places more (8) _____________________ to the way we travel now."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
outside
early
ancient
corner
planet
monolith
experience
spectacular

Top of the list and the number-one travel destination is the (9) _____________________ city of Petra in Jordan. The guide said: "The treasured UNESCO Heritage Site of Petra is the must-see ultimate (10) _____________________ on our list. Once nearly lost to the (11) _____________________ world, the sandstone city is now one of the most loved places on the (12) _____________________." It recommended readers, "rediscover the city's eternal air of mystery in the (13) _____________________ morning or in the hours before closing when it's at its most atmospheric". The Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador was second on the list, with the (14) _____________________ sandstone (15) _____________________ Uluru in Australia being third. Lonely Planet says the book has something for everyone in every (16) _____________________ of the world.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) A travel guidebook company has released its list of the best places on ______
     a.  Earth for visit
     b.  Earth on visit
     c.  Earth at visit
     d.  Earth to visit
2)  It ranks 500 of the must-see places to add to ______
     a.  your packet list
     b.  your bucket list
     c.  your bucked list
     d.  your pucker list
3)  designed to be a companion to your armchair travels or the tool to ______
     a.  refuel your wanderlust
     b.  refuel your wonder lust
     c.  refuel your wander rust
     d.  refuel your one the lust
4)  new destinations in a picture-perfect wish-list, each ranked in ______
     a.  order of brilliant
     b.  order of brilliance
     c.  aura of brilliance
     d.  aura of brilliant
5)  The list contains a mix of knock-out new openings, sights that have ______
     a.  capped their game
     b.  rubbed their game
     c.  robbed their game
     d.  upped their game

6)  Top of the list and the number-one travel destination is ______
     a.  then ancient city
     b.  them ancient city
     c.  the ancient city
     d.  there ancient city
7)  It recommended readers rediscover the city's eternal ______
     a.  air of mystery
     b.  ear of mystery
     c.  ore of mystery
     d.  are of mystery
8)  early morning or in the hours before closing when it's at ______
     a.  its must atmospheric
     b.  its mast atmospheric
     c.  its most atmospheric
     d.  its mist atmospheric
9)  off the coast of Ecuador was second on the list, with ______
     a.  the spectacle sandstone
     b.  the spectacle you are sandstone
     c.  the spectacles sandstone
     d.  the spectacular sandstone
10)  Lonely Planet says the book has something for everyone in every ______ world
     a.  corner off the
     b.  corner oft the
     c.  corner aft the
     d.  corner of the

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A travel guidebook company has (1) ____________________ of the best places on Earth to visit. It is the Lonely Planet's "Ultimate Travel List". It ranks 500 of the must-see places to add to (2) ____________________. It is only the second time this list of unmissable travel experiences has been issued. The guidebook company said its guide is, "(3) ____________________ a companion to your armchair travels or the tool to refuel your wanderlust". It added that the book, "features more than 200 new destinations in (4) ____________________ wish-list, each ranked in order of brilliance." Lonely Planet said: "The list contains a mix of knock-out new openings, sights that have (5) ____________________, or places more relevant to the way (6) ____________________."

Top of the list and the number-one travel destination (7) ____________________ city of Petra in Jordan. The guide said: "The treasured UNESCO Heritage Site of Petra is the (8) ____________________ experience on our list. Once nearly lost to the outside world, the sandstone city is now one of the (9) ____________________ on the planet." It recommended readers, "rediscover the city's eternal air of mystery in the early morning or in the (10) ____________________ when it's at its most atmospheric". The Galapagos Islands (11) ____________________ Ecuador was second on the list, with the spectacular sandstone monolith Uluru in Australia being third. Lonely Planet says the book has something for everyone in (12) ____________________ the world.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the name of the list issued by Lonely Planet?
  2. What did the article suggest people add the places to?
  3. What kind of travels did the company say the list is a companion to?
  4. How many new destinations are on the list?
  5. What did the guide say had "upped their game"?
  6. What is the most recommended sight on the list?
  7. What did the guide say the top sight was nearly lost to?
  8. What is the top sight made of?
  9. What was the third sight on the list?
  10. Where did the book say there was something for everyone?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is the name of the list issued by Lonely Planet?
a) The Travel List of Travel Lists
b) Travel The World
c) Top Sights
d) Ultimate Travel List
2) What did the article suggest people add the places to?
a) the Internet
b) their bucket list
c) their smartphone
d) their dreams
3) What kind of travels did the company say the list is a companion to?
a) adventure travels
b) budget travels
c) backpacking
d) armchair travels
4) How many new destinations are on the list?
a) less than 200
b) about 200
c) more than 200
d) exactly 200
5) What did the guide say had "upped their game"?
a) countries
b) guidebooks
c) tourist offices
d) sights

6) What is the most recommended sight on the list?
a) Statue of Liberty
b) the Pyramids
c) Petra
d) Machu Picchu
7) What did the guide say the top sight was nearly lost to?
a) the outside world
b) the sands
c) the Internet
d) time
8) What is the top sight made of?
a) marble
b) granite
c) sandstone
d) wood
9) What was the third sight on the list?
a) the Taj Mahal
b) Uluru
c) the Eiffel Tower
d) the Serengeti
10) Where did the book say there was something for everyone?
a) every corner of the world
b) on page 36
c) in Africa
d) on the Internet

Role play

Role  A – Petra
You think Petra is the best travel destination. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their destinations. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): the Galapagos Islands, New York City or Uluru.

Role  B – The Galapagos Islands
You think the Galapagos Islands is the best travel destination. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their destinations. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): Petra, New York City or Uluru.

Role  C – New York City
You think New York City is the best travel destination. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their destinations. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): the Galapagos Islands, Petra or Uluru.

Role  D – Uluru
You think Uluru is the best travel destination. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their destinations. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): the Galapagos Islands, New York City or Petra.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'travel'

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  • and 'list'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • Earth
    • bucket
    • second
    • tool
    • brilliance
    • relevant
    • treasured
    • nearly
    • loved
    • air
    • coast
    • corner




    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 - Ultimate Travel List

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'travel'?
    3. What do you think of travelling?
    4. How important is travel?
    5. What is the best country you have been to?
    6. What is your country like to visit?
    7. Which is best - guidebooks or the Internet?
    8. How much of a 'wanderlust' do you have?
    9. Are there any bad things about travelling?
    10. What's the best sight you've been to?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'guide'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about Petra, Jordan?
    5. What do you know about Uluru, Australia?
    6. What do you know about the Galapagos Islands?
    7. What can visitors do in your town?
    8. Which countries would you not like to visit?
    9. How many countries would you like to visit?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Lonely Planet?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A travel guidebook company has (1) ____ its list of the best places on Earth to visit. It is the Lonely Planet's "Ultimate Travel List". It (2) ____ 500 of the must-see places to add to your (3) ____ list. It is only the second time this list of unmissable travel experiences has been issued. The guidebook company said its guide is, "designed to be a companion to your armchair travels or the (4) ____ to refuel your wanderlust". It added that the book, "features more than 200 new destinations in a picture-(5) ____ wish-list, each ranked in order of brilliance." Lonely Planet said: "The list contains a mix of knock-out new openings, sights that have (6) ____ their game, or places more relevant to the way we travel now."

    Top of the list and the number-one travel destination is the ancient city (7) ____ Petra in Jordan. The guide said: "The treasured UNESCO Heritage Site of Petra is the must-see ultimate experience on our list. Once nearly (8) ____ to the outside world, the sandstone city is now one of the most (9) ____ places on the planet." It recommended readers, "rediscover the city's eternal (10) ____ of mystery in the early morning or in the hours before closing when it's at its most atmospheric". The Galapagos Islands off the (11) ____ of Ecuador was second on the list, with the spectacular sandstone monolith Uluru in Australia being third. Lonely Planet says the book has something for everyone in every (12) ____ of the world.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     relived     (b)     resealed     (c)     relieved     (d)     released    
    2. (a)     ranker     (b)     rank     (c)     ranking     (d)     ranks    
    3. (a)     packet     (b)     bucket     (c)     backed     (d)     packed    
    4. (a)     key     (b)     gear     (c)     tool     (d)     equipment    
    5. (a)     well     (b)     nice     (c)     perfect     (d)     good    
    6. (a)     upped     (b)     rose     (c)     increase     (d)     elevate    
    7. (a)     to     (b)     of     (c)     on     (d)     as    
    8. (a)     lost     (b)     dropped     (c)     mislaid     (d)     forgot    
    9. (a)     affection     (b)     loved     (c)     fond     (d)     care    
    10. (a)     oxygen     (b)     smoke     (c)     air     (d)     breeze    
    11. (a)     caste     (b)     coats     (c)     coast     (d)     cats    
    12. (a)     rim     (b)     edge     (c)     border     (d)     corner

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. add to your ubtcek list
    3. a pomanoicn to your armchair travels
    4. more than 200 new iseodnitntsa
    5. ranked in order of eirnlacbil
    6. more envtlrae to the way we travel

    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )   "The treasured UNESCO Heritage Site of Petra is the must-see ultimate experience on our list. Once nearly lost
    (    )   500 of the must-see places to add to your bucket list. It is only the second time this list
    1  )   A travel guidebook company has released its list of the best places on Earth to visit. It is the Lonely Planet's "Ultimate Travel List". It ranks
    (    )   closing when it's at its most atmospheric". The Galapagos Islands off the coast
    (    )   is, "designed to be a companion to your armchair travels or the tool to refuel your wanderlust". It added
    (    )   of Ecuador was second on the list, with the spectacular sandstone monolith Uluru in Australia being
    (    )   of unmissable travel experiences has been issued. The guidebook company said its guide
    (    )   order of brilliance." Lonely Planet said: "The list contains a mix of knock-out new openings, sights that have upped
    (    )   planet." It recommended readers, "rediscover the city's eternal air of mystery in the early morning or in the hours before
    (    )   that the book, "features more than 200 new destinations in a picture-perfect wish-list, each ranked in
    (    )   their game, or places more relevant to the way we travel now."
    (    )   third. Lonely Planet says the book has something for everyone in every corner of the world.
    (    )   to the outside world, the sandstone city is now one of the most loved places on the
    (    )   Top of the list and the number-one travel destination is the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. The guide said:

    Put the words in the right order

    1. company     A     has     travel     guidebook     released     its     list.
    2. list.     places     add     bucket     to     to     your     Must-see
    3. be     Designed     a     companion     to     your     to     travels.
    4. a     The     of     openings     mix     contains     new     list
    5. More     the     travel     relevant     we     to     way     now.
    6. The     number-one     travel     is    destination     ancient     the     city.
    7. on     most     loved     places     One     Earth.     the     of
    8. the     of     air     eternal     rediscover     mystery.     Readers     city's
    9. Galapagos     Ecuador.     the     Islands     coast     The     off     of
    10. for    everyone    of    the    world.     every    corner     in     Something

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A travel guidebook company has released its list of the best places in / on Earth to visit. It is the Lonely Planet's "Ultimate Travel List". It ranks 500 of the must-see places to plus / add to your bucket list. It is only the second time this / these list of unmissable travel experiences has been issued. The guidebook company said its guide is, "designed to be a company / companion to your armchair travels or the stool / tool to refuel your wanderlust". It added that the book, "features / futures more than 200 new destinations in a picture-perfect wish-list, each / every ranked in order of brilliance." Lonely Planet said: "The list contents / contains a mix of knock-out new openings, sights that have upped / cupped their game, or places more relevant to the way we travel now / know."

    Top of the list and the number-one travel destiny / destination is the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. The guide said: "The treasury / treasured UNESCO Heritage Site of Petra is the must-see ultimate / ultimately experience on our list. Once nearly lost / lose to the outside world, the sandstone city is now one of the most lover / loved places on the planet." It recommended readers, "rediscover the city's eternal air / oxygen of mystery in the early morning or in the hours before closet / closing when it's at its most atmospheric". The Galapagos Islands off the coast / coats of Ecuador was second on the list, with the spectacular sandstone monolith Uluru in Australia been / being third. Lonely Planet says the book has something for everyone in every corner off / of the world.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    T_p _f th_ l_st _nd th_ n_mb_r-_n_ tr_v_l d_st_n_t__n _s th_ _nc__nt c_ty _f P_tr_ _n J_rd_n. Th_ g__d_ s__d: "Th_ tr__s_r_d _N_SC_ H_r_t_g_ S_t_ _f P_tr_ _s th_ m_st-s__ _lt_m_t_ _xp_r__nc_ _n __r l_st. _nc_ n__rly l_st t_ th_ __ts_d_ w_rld, th_ s_ndst_n_ c_ty _s n_w _n_ _f th_ m_st l_v_d pl_c_s _n th_ pl_n_t." _t r_c_mm_nd_d r__d_rs, "r_d_sc_v_r th_ c_ty's _t_rn_l __r _f myst_ry _n th_ __rly m_rn_ng _r _n th_ h__rs b_f_r_ cl_s_ng wh_n _t's _t _ts m_st _tm_sph_r_c". Th_ G_l_p_g_s _sl_nds _ff th_ c__st _f _c__d_r w_s s_c_nd _n th_ l_st, w_th th_ sp_ct_c_l_r s_ndst_n_ m_n_l_th _l_r_ _n __str_l__ b__ng th_rd. L_n_ly Pl_n_t s_ys th_ b__k h_s s_m_th_ng f_r _v_ry_n_ _n _v_ry c_rn_r _f th_ w_rld.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a travel guidebook company has released its list of the best places on earth to visit it is the lonely planets ultimate travel list it ranks 500 of the must-see places to add to your bucket list it is only the second time this list of unmissable travel experiences has been issued the guidebook company said its guide is designed to be a companion to your armchair travels or the tool to refuel your wanderlust it added that the book features more than 200 new destinations in a picture-perfect wish-list each ranked in order of brilliance lonely planet said: the list contains a mix of knock-out new openings sights that have upped their game or places more relevant to the way we travel now

    top of the list and the number-one travel destination is the ancient city of petra in jordan the guide said: the treasured unesco heritage site of petra is the must-see ultimate experience on our list once nearly lost to the outside world the sandstone city is now one of the most loved places on the planet it recommended readers rediscover the citys eternal air of mystery in the early morning or in the hours before closing when its at its most atmospheric the galapagos islands off the coast of ecuador was second on the list with the spectacular sandstone monolith uluru in australia being third lonely planet says the book has something for everyone in every corner of the world

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AtravelguidebookcompanyhasreleaseditslistofthebestplacesonEart
    htovisit.ItistheLonelyPlanet's"UltimateTravelList".Itranks500ofthe
    must-seeplacestoaddtoyourbucketlist.Itisonlythesecondtimethi
    slistofunmissabletravelexperienceshasbeenissued.Theguidebookco
    mpanysaiditsguideis,"designedtobeacompaniontoyourarmchairtra
    velsorthetooltorefuelyourwanderlust".Itaddedthatthebook,"feature
    smorethan200newdestinationsinapicture-perfectwish-list,eachra
    nkedinorderofbrilliance."LonelyPlanetsaid:"Thelistcontainsamixofk
    nock-outnewopenings,sightsthathaveuppedtheirgame,orplacesm
    orerelevanttothewaywetravelnow."Topofthelistandthenumber-on
    etraveldestinationistheancientcityofPetrainJordan.Theguidesaid:"T
    hetreasuredUNESCOHeritageSiteofPetraisthemust-seeultimatee
    xperienceonourlist.Oncenearlylosttotheoutsideworld,thesandstone
    cityisnowoneofthemostlovedplacesontheplanet."Itrecommendedre
    aders,"rediscoverthecity'seternalairofmysteryintheearlymorningori
    nthehoursbeforeclosingwhenit'satitsmostatmospheric".TheGalapa
    gosIslandsoffthecoastofEcuadorwassecondonthelist,withthespecta
    cularsandstonemonolithUluruinAustraliabeingthird.LonelyPlanetsa
    ysthebookhassomethingforeveryoneineverycorneroftheworld.

    Free writing

    Write about travel list for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We should all travel to as many different countries as we can. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. TRAVEL: Make a poster about travel. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. BUCKET LISTS: Write a magazine article about all of us doing everything on our bucket lists. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on travel. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on where the best place to visit is. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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