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Pre-intermediate: Travel Vocabulary

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If you want to travel to other countries, there are some important things that you must keep in mind. First, you may not be able to have a lot of things that you are used to having at home. Unfortunately, this may include toilet paper in the public toilets. In some countries, toilet paper is not provided in the toilets, so keep a few packs of tissue in your pocket or purse.

You might not be able to get used to the water in a foreign place; you could experience some intestinal problems. If you brush your teeth with tap water or eat anything rinsed in tap water, you could have a problem. So, have a bottle of antacid with you just in case to treat an upset stomach. It’s also a good idea to chew an antacid tablet before you eat anything that is prepared in a way you are not used to.

Consult with a doctor or health-care provider at a clinic before your trip. Provide them with your health information and immunization history. You should also let them know what area of the foreign country you will be visiting. This will help them know what types of vaccinations you will need for your trip. Take enough antibiotics and other prescription medications with you for the days that you will spend abroad.

Counterfeit currency is a major problem in some countries. Smaller bills are much safer than large ones because they are not worth counterfeiting. Scammers will swiftly swap your real bank note with a fake one when you’re not paying attention and then accuse you of giving out counterfeit currency so that you’ll have to give them another bank note. To be on the safe side, always exchange money at your hotel or a bank and only carry small amounts of money!

Lesson by Shaun

Now choose the correct word to complete each sentence:

  • 1. The doctor gave me a week of ___ to fight off the bacteria.





  • 2. Those ___ bags cost half as much as the real ones.





  • 3. My ___ has run out. I need to have the doctor write another one.





  • 4. There are three well-known ___ who hang around the train station looking for targets.





  • 5. I have some ___ problems, so I am always careful with what I eat.





  • 6. I don't think you should ___ him just because he's been to prison before.





  • 7. It's very common to contract ___ if you drink contaminated water.





  • 8. You can't get that over-the-counter. You need a ___ from a doctor.





  • 9. I love playing monopoly! It feels great having so much money, even though it's ___.





  • 10. You shouldn't drink any alcohol when taking an ___.